Casseroles aren’t known as being a healthy dinner option. In fact, they’re often one of the worst meals you could have if you’re trying to diet or stay on a healthy food track. They’re packed full of carbs, fats, and calories and have very little to offer nutritionally. However, not all is lost. There are ways to make these easy, delectable dinners fit into your healthy lifestyle. This list of 27 Healthy Casserole Recipes will give you idea after idea for making casseroles delicious and nutritious.
From low carb to high protein, this list contains it all. There are healthy casseroles you can serve at breakfast or brunch. Some of these are perfect when you need an easy weeknight dinner, and there are plenty of kid-friendly ones! So you don’t have to worry about making a separate meal for your family. All of you can join in and eat healthy. Let’s jump into it!
We’re starting with breakfast, and this Everything Bagel healthy casserole packs all the breakfast flavor. Laughing Cow Cheese - which is very low in fat and calories - gives this breakfast casserole a creamy filling. Everything But the Bagel seasoning tops it off and makes it scrumptious. It makes a great healthy meal for a festive holiday.
You may not think it’s possible for a “tater tot” casserole to be healthy, but this one will prove you wrong! Fat-free ground turkey keeps this casserole low in fat and high in protein. That gives you calorie room to add filling tater tots. The sloppy joe sauce is homemade too, so you don’t have to worry about any added preservatives.
This bubble up casserole gets its name from the biscuits that “bubble up” when baked. Even with the addition of biscuits, this is still a low calorie meal. One serving is under 300 calories and has 20 grams of protein. The white chicken chili flavor makes this perfect for a cold winter night in!
If you want to start your day off with a lot of protein but are tired of egg white omelets or protein shakes, this healthy casserole is right up your alley. It’s packed with veggies, ham, eggs, and cheese - all the high-protein breakfast food. You can use any veggies that you like. This is easy to bake and portion, so it makes a great option if you’re wanting to meal prep breakfast.
Yes, you can have a healthy casserole and still have bacon and ranch in it! It’s packed with broccoli or spinach, but you don’t have to worry about it having a veggie taste. The ranch and bacon take over flavor-wise. One serving is filling and only costs you 450 calories.
An easy, one pan Mexican dinner you can feed the whole family. It’s high in protein and gluten-free. It’s also very easy to make dairy-free because the only source of dairy comes from cheese. You could use a dairy-free cheese if needed. This chicken burrito casserole uses fresh veggies, beans, corn, salsa, and chicken to bring all the best Mexican flavors to life.
Salmon is a fantastic dinner meat for all. It’s full of healthy omega 3s (which are essential for brain health). Salmon Noodle Casserole makes great use of whole wheat noodles, so you’re getting a good bit of protein, healthy fats, as well as healthy grains all in one meal. With the added red and green bell peppers, you’re getting vital vitamins and minerals too.
Low carb pizza? Yes, please! This zucchini pizza casserole is full of a lean meat sauce, healthy sharp cheese, and zucchini of course. Zucchini is a bland vegetable so it makes a great base to take on all the flavors of pizza. The spicy pepperonis top the whole casserole off in a delicious way.
Like zucchini, cauliflower is a bland vegetable. It’s able to take on the flavor of whatever it is mixed with. And Chorizo is a fantastic choice for that. Chorizo is a Mexican or Spanish sausage that’s spicy but full of flavor. It’s also got beans and olives added which both add a good bit of flavor.
Lean ground turkey and peppery kale are mixed with al dente ziti in this healthy casserole. The sauce is a buttery bechamel, which is creamy but with a bite from the sharp parmesan. It ties the whole bake together into one delicious meal. It’s a good dinner to try and get some veggies into your kids!
If you have a garden, or if you have a neighbor with a garden that keeps giving you fresh summer squash, make this healthy casserole! It’s a great way to use up the veggie. With chicken added it’s high in protein. Chicken and Summer Squash Casserole is topped with a yummy cracker crumb that’s cheesy and buttery.
Another meaty, low-carb casserole is this delicious meatball version. It’s baked until the top cheese layer is golden and bubbly. It is rich and filling, so you won’t miss the carbs. Once the meatballs are made, you only need marinara sauce and cheese for the rest of the casserole. Simple and easy!
This beautifully presented tuna casserole looks anything but healthy. The buttery crumb topping is divine, and just the right amount of crunch you need to balance the creamy noodle filling. However, it’s lightened up with almond milk instead of cow’s milk. And the creamy filling hides healthy mushrooms and peas. Lots of nutrients are packed into this dish.
You won’t mind cauliflower in this creamy casserole. Chicken thighs are seasoned, seared, and shredded. Then the shredded chicken gets combined with cauliflower, spices, and a good bit of cheese. The whole thing is baked until it’s toasted and golden. This low carb casserole allows you to use your hard earned carb calories elsewhere - like on dessert!
You may not know this, but you can use non-fat Greek yogurt in place of cream, cream of soups, or sour cream. It will save you a good bit of calories but still keep food creamy. A great example is this veggie loaded rotisserie chicken casserole. It’s filled with various veggies, non-fat Greek yogurt, shredded chicken, and lots of herbs - all for just 335 calories per serving.
By using nutritional yeast, you can make a casserole cheesy without the cheese. This vegan casserole is high in nutrients without lacking flavor. One serving is 190 calories - you can’t beat that in a casserole! Quinoa adds a healthy grain, a bit of protein, and a good amount of fiber to this dish.
This beefy cheesy casserole can be eaten as is - low carb! - or put over a bed of rice or pasta. It’s satisfying either way because of the delicious ground beef and the spiced sauce. Spinach adds essential micronutrients without messing with the flavor. It bakes up beautifully in a cast iron skillet.
Not only is this ground turkey quinoa casserole healthy, but it’s budget friendly as well. That always helps when feeding a crowd. Quinoa is a healthy grain, but if you wanted something lower in carbs, you could substitute it with zucchini and it will still be flavorful. It’s very versatile.
Broccoli and cauliflower may not be your first go-tos when thinking of casserole fillings, but these steamed veggies make a great base for bacon and cheese. Broccoli and cauliflower keep it low carb, while the bacon flavored cheese sauce adds all the flavor. This is a fantastic side dish for a roasted chicken dinner or a grilled pork loin.
Cabbage rolls are traditionally Russian or Italian, but they are fantastic with Mexican flavors as well. Without the cheese, this dish can pass as primal, Whole30, paleo, gluten-free, and dairy free. Talk about a healthy casserole! It’s “lazy” because you don’t have to actually make any cabbage rolls! Everything is put into a casserole dish and baked together - super easy.
This skinny casserole keeps the delicious part of a traditional chicken and potato casserole - the chicken and potatoes! To make it skinny, the casserole is reduced in high fat cheese and milk. There’s only half a cup of cheese in the whole dish, but it’s still creamy and good enough to eat often. Add it to your weekly rotation!
This easy chicken and rice casserole will leave you satisfied without giving you an uncomfortable heavy feeling. Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice Casserole is 262 calories per serving, 18 grams of protein, and only 8 grams of fat. You can use a pre-cooked chicken as well as a rice mix to make this a very quick, weeknight, healthy meal.
A Philly cheesesteak is definitely not a healthy meal, but you can get the flavors of it in this healthy casserole. It’s low carb because it doesn’t need a huge bun. Ground beef is spiced and sauteed with onions and peppers, then covered with provolone cheese. The casserole is baked until the provolone is melted and bubbly. You can serve this over additional veggies.
Mexican Cauliflower Rice Casserole is gluten-free, macro friendly, high in protein, low in carbs, and can be dairy free as well. It’s made with plenty of veggies to bulk it up. Salsa gives it the Mexican flavor we love, and shredded chicken adds lean protein. It’s lightly topped with cheese to add more flavor.
If you can have a Mexican cauliflower casserole, why not have a buffalo chicken one too? Cauliflower can be flavored in many ways. Non-fat Greek yogurt gives this casserole creaminess without a ton of fat, and ranch seasoning helps add flavor to balance the spicy buffalo sauce. One serving is only 10 carbs.
Enchiladas are amazing because they are so versatile with fillings. But they can rack up in carbs and calories. This casserole uses layers of low carb tortillas to house a delicious chicken enchilada filling. You can enjoy the flavor of delectable enchiladas without wrecking your diet. One serving is 15 grams of fat, 16 grams of carbs, and 17 grams of protein!
Chicken cordon bleu originated in Switzerland and traditional is a breaded chicken dish stuffed with ham and cheese. This casserole keeps all those wonderful flavors for 350 calories per serving. The secret ingredient is crushed pork rinds. It gives the casserole a crunchy topping with a lot of flavor.
No matter the diet, there is a casserole here for you! If you need low calorie, low carb, low fat, or just high in nutrients, you don’t have to shy away from casseroles anymore. You can whip up a quick and easy dish on a busy weeknight, and keep it healthy for all.
And I'll leave you with the full recipe for my tater tot sloppy joe casserole!
27 Easy Healthy Casserole Recipes
- 1 lb fat free ground turkey *weighed raw
- 1 cup diced red onion
- 2 garlic cloves diced
- 1 can tomato paste 5.5oz
- ¼ cup reduced sugar ketchup
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- Dash of pepper
- 1 cup reduced fat shredded cheese *mine is pictured 1 cup = 9SP
- 48 frozen tater tots
- Cook the ground turkey in a frying pan on the stove over medium heat.
- Preheat the oven to 425F and spray a 9x13 casserole dish with some nonstick cooking spray.
- Once the turkey is cooked, add the diced onions and garlic and let it cook for a few minutes.
- Stir in the tomato paste, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire, mustard, vinegar and pepper and mix well. Let it cook for 5 minutes over low heat.
- Transfer the meat mixture to a casserole dish. Sprinkle ⅔ cup of the shredded cheese on top of meat mixture. Place the frozen tater tots on top. I did 6 rows of 8 tater tots.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top then return to the oven for 10 minutes. Make sure the tater tots are cooked through.
- Let it cool for 5 minutes then enjoy! Use the tater tots as a guide per serving. Each one should have 8 tater tots in it.