Casseroles- The Dinner Savior

Casseroles come in two categories intentional and “Oh Crap, what can I make with THIS?”The casseroles I am going to share with you fall in the first category but I am a MASTER of the “Oh Crap!” casserole as well. All to often I am throwing together some edible concoction of pantry staples and refrigerator loners. The family always enjoys them because, well, in our house you eat what your given. Still, casseroles have an out dated rap and they deserve a comeback at least the intentional casseroles deserve a come back.

I searched the web over the past few months and tried about twenty different recipes – 22 to be exact. I chose six of my family’s favorites to share and they are all wonderful. Since casseroles tend to have all the ingredients you need for a complete meal, side dishes aren’t really necessary. I like to make a big tossed salad with a dressing that coincides with the type of dish I am serving as the main course. (If you need some dressing inspiration, check out this post Salad Dressings)

The ultimate favorite at our table was the hearty Meatball and Spinach Baked Ziti. Everyone loved it and there were no leftovers. Served with a tossed salad with a traditional vinaigrette it was the perfect Sunday meal. This, as well as most of the other casseroles we loved, came from the Country Living website.

Meatball & Spinach Baked Ziti

 

Next up is the Tortilla Casserole also from Country Living. Because corn was out of season I subbed two cups of frozen corn and I also used only 1 jalapeno…I diced some on the side for the spicy taste-buds of myself and mt husband. This was filling and flavorful. I made a chopped salad to go along side this main course with green lettuce, diced tomatoes, corn, avocado and a lime juice vinaigrette. YUM!

tortilla casserole

Tortilla Casserole

This next casserole is a bit heavier but absolutely DELICIOUS. This Potato and Manchego Casserole with bacon is EVERYTHING a casserole should be and more. If you want to lighten it up try a Swiss cheese instead and use some turkey bacon or sausage for a little different taste. It is perfection as is. If you can’t find Manchego cheese substitute Romano.

potato and manchego casserole with maple baconPotato and Manchego Casserole

We tried out this Teriyaki Chicken Casserole because I am a fan of Teriyaki chicken and it did not disappoint. As the article states, this is a comfort food. Full of sweetness and rice it will fill you up and leave you satisfied! We threw in two small bags of mixed frozen mixed veggies and it was just enough. We chose a bag with carrots, peas and corn. A bag of cut green beans or snap peas would have been delicious as well.

Teriyaki Chicken Casserole! Have your favorite Chinese takeout prepared in a different way: baked in a casserole dish with assorted veggies and fried rice. | HomemadeHooplah.com

Teriyaki Chicken Casserole

Time for some seafood because…well, because shrimp that’s why! I LOVE SHRIMP. I love spicy shrimp, buttery shrimp, garlicky shrimp….I’m sort of a Bubba Gump of shrimp. This casserole made me happy and everyone wiped it out. The biscuits…oh, the biscuits. Make this casserole this week. Don’t wait. Go. Click the link, run to the shops and then make this casserole. You’re welcome.

Shrimp Chowder with Herb Biscuits

Now, casseroles aren’t all dinner all the time. I’ve had some good ones but this one is the PERFECT Sunday morning dish. We had our after Sunday Mass and we weren’t sorry we had to fast. It was worth the wait. It is satisfying but lightened up a bit with low fat ingredients and half of the eggs or egg whites only. If you aren’t afraid of fat and cholesterol go full in if you’d like. The tomatoes add the perfect sweet/tart bite to the dish.

breakfast casserole with turkey Sausage, mushrooms, and tomatoes

Breakfast Casserole

Pick and choose the recipes you think you’ll family will enjoy and chow down! I pick them all!

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