Nothing beats serving a homemade casserole to hungry guests. The casserole is your one-stop option to serving a complete meal with veggies, grains and lean protein swaddled into one piece of cookware. They’re also great to make and freeze ahead of time, so all you need to worry about when you get home is reheating and eating. Here’s a list of 10 crowd-pleasing casseroles to try, all under 400 calories per serving.
1. One-Pot Taco Casserole | Fit Foodie Finds
Prepare delicious tacos the mess-free way because with this taco casserole you only need one pot. Yup, you heard that right! Load all the trimmings for terrific tacos—ground meat, corn, black beans, cheese—and into the oven it goes. This meaty casserole is kid favorite, and you can save the mess for when you actually eat the tacos. You’re welcome! Recipe makes 8 servings at 1 cup each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 316; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 94mg; Sodium: 734mg; Total Carbohydrate: 25g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugars: 5g; Protein: 28g
2. Slow Cooker Bacon, Egg & Hash Brown Casserole | According to Elle
Have a breakfast inspired dinner with this slow cooker bacon, egg and hash brown casserole! Imagine fluffy eggs and hash brown potatoes studded with pieces of thick-cut bacon topped with cheddar cheese. An added bonus? You can just as easily eat leftovers for lunch and dinner as you would for breakfast. Recipe makes 8 servings at 1 cup each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 342; Total Fat: 22g; Saturated Fat: 10g; Monounsaturated Fat: 8g; Cholesterol: 357mg; Sodium: 648mg; Carbohydrate: 14g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 2g; Protein 21g
3. Chicken Enchilada Casserole | Cooking Light
Slice into this yummy Tex-Mex chicken enchilada casserole layered with chicken, corn tortillas, jalapenos, salsa verde and sharp cheddar. It’s a great dinner option when you’re craving Southwestern-style comfort food. Recipe makes 4 servings of 1 3/4 cup each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 378; Total Fat: 16g; Saturated Fat: 7g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 72mg; Sodium: 924mg; Carbohydrate: 37g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 18g
4. Baked Ziti with Kale and Sausage | Clean Eating
Boring baked ziti just got better with this recipe featuring bits of lean turkey sausage and lacinto kale! It’s perfectly portable for a potluck or perfectly portable for a potluck or a straight-to-table trip from the oven, this creamy kale- and sausage-laden pasta dish has just 338 calories!
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 338; Total Fat: 18g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 101mg; Sodium: 655mg; Total Carbohydrate: 30g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugars: 63g; Protein: 26g
5. Cajun Shrimp & Quinoa Casserole | This Gal Cooks
Spicy cajun shrimp and quinoa casserole hits the spot when you’re craving southern comfort. Quinoa is cooked in a tomato-y base, topped with sweet shrimp and covered with fontina cheese. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 1/2 cups each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 385; Total Fat: 19g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 101mg; Sodium: 663mg; Total Carbohydrate: 32g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugars: 4g; Protein: 26g
6. Sweet Potato Black Bean Casserole| Kim’s Cravings
Sweet potato black bean casserole is fiber-filled vegetarian made with Mexican inspired flavors. This dish features hearty black beans cooked with tender sweet potatoes. We suggest turning sodium down a notch with low sodium salsa. Recipe makes 6 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 313; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 20mg; Sodium: 708mg; Total Carbohydrate: 46g; Dietary Fiber: 11g; Sugars: 8g; Protein: 15g
7. Vegan Green Bean Casserole | Healthy Nibbles & Bits
Crunch into this low calorie vegan green bean casserole featuring fresh green beans topped with season bits of whole grain bread crumbs. This delightful recipe is perfect as a dinner side dish. We suggest eliminating the sea salt if you’re sodium conscious and further reducing any salt you add if sodium is a big issue for you. Recipe makes 4 servings. Nutrition information eliminates sea salt.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 227; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 8g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 732mg; Total Carbohydrate: 27g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugars: 6g; Protein: 6g
8. Vegetarian Spaghetti Squash Casserole | Uproot Kitchen
Vegetarian Spaghetti squash casserole is also gluten-free and low-carb friendly. This recipe uses squash as faux spaghetti, layers it with low fat ricotta cheese and seasons it with Italian herbs. The recipe makes 6 servings, but at less than 200 calories per serving feel free to up the portion size. It’s not a bad problem to have!
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 175; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 335mg; Total Carbohydrate: 13g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugars: 7g; Protein: 10g
9. Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onion & Spinach Casserole | Cooking Light
Looking for a vegetarian main that will also please meat-free palates? This recipe for butternut squash and spinach lasagna can be whipped up in 2 hours and delivers plenty of fiber, protein and important vitamins A and C. Recipe makes 8 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 351; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 3g; Cholesterol: 30mg; Sodium: 418mg; Carbohydrate: 46g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 19g
10. Skinny Baked Broccoli Mac & Cheese | Skinnytaste
Now the ultimate comfort food side can be your main entrée. This recipe features a healthier spin on traditional mac and cheese. Each satisfying portion is loaded with broccoli florets, whole-wheat pasta and reduced-fat cheddar cheese. You can savor the taste and still get your veggies in to boot! Recipe makes 8 servings at 1 cup each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 333; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 28mg; Sodium: 393mg; Total Carbohydrate: 40g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugars: 2g; Protein: 18g