Casseroles are synonymous with winter fare. Sadly, they’re also synonymous with high-calorie feasts! Typically loaded with cream, butter, starch, and hearty meats, winter casseroles can be downright massive. Fortunately, you can craft a winter casserole that’s comforting and warming and also light. By bulking up on the veggies, while butting back on the refined starches and heavy fats, you can bake a wintry casserole with ease. Ready to try? Here are 5 healthy casserole recipes that won’t break your diet.
- Sweet Potato, Swiss Chard, and Quinoa Gratin from Epicurious. The best part about this gratin casserole isn’t that it’s dairy-free, or that it uses heart-healthy olive oil, or that it’s chockfull of leafy greens. No, the best thing is that it contains just five (count ‘em, five!) single ingredients, a highly commendable feat for any casserole, which can often get very complicated to prepare.
- A Sexy Cauliflower Gratin Recipe from Organic Authority. What makes this gratin sexy? The fact that it helps to make a lighter béchamel sauce without all the usual fat, and that it gets baked into this deceptively hearty—yet not too heavy—casserole.
- Kale and Cauliflower Casserole from Food Network. Kale, cauliflower, leeks, and potatoes fill this casserole with wintry vegetable heartiness. For an even lighter version, swap out the potatoes for turnips, and use Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream.
- Brussels Sprout Gratin from Eating Well. According to Eating Well, their healthy version of this classic Thanksgiving casserole has cut out 160 calories by skipping the heavy cream and butter. What you will get is a small serving of whole grains from the whole wheat breadcrumbs, and a great serving of Brussels sprouts, which will keep you feeling full without eating too much.
- Healthy Potato Gratin with Herbs from Food & Wine. There is no cream, butter, or dairy in this gorgeous potato gratin—and if you use veggie broth in place of chicken, it’s completely vegan, too. The beauty of this casserole is its sheer simplicity and elegance: a bit of thyme, olive oil, and shallots are all it takes to add flavor to these baked taters.
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