10 Weeknight Casseroles Packed with Vegetables

10 Weeknight Casseroles Packed with Vegetables

Sheela Prakash
Jun 18, 2018
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Casseroles are one of my favorite ways to load up on vegetables. They come in especially handy if you're dealing with picky eaters, who probably won't even notice you've packed in a few pounds of produce underneath that gooey layer of cheese!

We love these 10 recipes for their crowd-pleasing potential and their wholesome qualities. Some are strictly vegetarian or even vegan, while others have some meat in the mix, but they all are easy and sure to be a hit at the dinner table.

1. Smoky Sweet Potato & Black Bean Casserole

Using both smoked mozzarella and smoked paprika gives this casserole its serious spunk. Serve big scoops topped with yogurt and cilantro and you've got a crowd-pleasing dinner.

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2. Wild Rice and Kale Casserole

A couple bunches of kale make for a hearty and healthy vegetarian casserole. I love that while some of the cooked greens are soft and tender, a few leaves on top crisp up and become irresistibly chip-like.

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3. Potato, Squash & Goat Cheese Gratin

This lightened-up gratin eschews the heavy cream and instead gets decadence from a mix of whole milk and soft goat cheese. Finishing the dish with chopped fresh basil or thyme keeps things bright.

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4. Deep-Dish Cabbage and Farro Casserole

This just might be the most comforting casserole around. Cooked cabbage — fragrant with cinnamon, bay leaves, and nutmeg — is layered with ground meat and nubby farro for a meal that's sure to leave you satisfied.

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5. Tomato, Broccoli & Mozzarella Pasta Casserole

This casserole is more vegetable than pasta — packed with tomatoes and broccoli and made creamy with cottage cheese and mozzarella.

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6. Shredded Zucchini and Fontina Casserole

Use a food processor to grate the whopping two-and-a-half pounds of zucchini for this cheesy casserole and it comes together in next to no time.

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7. 6-Ingredient Vegan Enchilada Casserole

Store-bought salsa adds serious flavor without much effort in this wholesome, vegetable-packed casserole that's both vegan and gluten-free.

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8. Mediterranean Tuna Noodle Casserole

This lightened-up version of tuna noodle casserole is inspired by French Niçoise salad and is filled with artichokes, potatoes, olives, and capers.

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9. Hot Corn Casserole

While this quick, cheesy casserole is a great side dish for chicken or burgers, it's even better as the star of the show, served with plenty of tortilla chips for scooping.

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10. Lighter Baked Mac and Cheese

This lightened-up version of macaroni and cheese swaps rich béchamel for a mix of cottage cheese and sour cream and packs in lots of baby spinach and roasted red peppers.

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