The Great Casserole Makeover

Trying to make healthier meals that will still feed a crowd (and have them actually EAT it) can seem impossible, especially if you’re juggling school, or kids, or jobs…or any combination of these.

May we suggest the humble casserole?

We stumbled on this Creamy Chicken & Broccoli Casserole over at myrecipes.com and OH MY, is it good.

While traditional recipes for creamy casseroles can pack more than 800 calories per serving, this casserole feels indulgent while coming in under 300 calories AND still sneaks in some vegetables.

Photo courtesy of myrecipes.com

Photo courtesy of myrecipes.com

Look at that deliciousness. Seriously. Look at it. Having this baby already made up ahead when you come home from a long day might just be the best thing ever.*

Ingredients

1 (12-ounce) package steam-in-bag broccoli florets
1 tablespoon canola oil (for more calorie savings, reduce the oil by half. The onions will still cook down.)
1 cup prechopped onion
2 (8-ounce) packages presliced mushrooms
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups fat-free milk (you could also substitute unsweetened unflavored almond milk here and save extra calories. It bakes up the same, promise!)
12 ounces chopped skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast (about 3 cups)
1/2 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
1/4 cup canola mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (about 1/2 cup) (
1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup)
Preparation

1. Preheat broiler.
2. Prepare broccoli in microwave according to package directions.
3. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion and mushrooms; cook 12 minutes or until mushrooms brown and liquid evaporates, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle mushroom mixture with flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in milk. Bring to a boil; cook 3 minutes or until thick and bubbly. Stir in broccoli and chicken; cook 1 minute. Remove pan from heat. Stir in yogurt, mayonnaise, pepper, and salt. Top evenly with cheeses; broil 2 minutes.

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This is a GREAT recipe if you’re just starting out on your journey for healthier ways to eat. You don’t have to change everything at once – maybe today just try adding extra veggies to your plate, or choosing to cook with skim milk instead of whole. It’s all about finding a healthy balance and enjoying yourself along the way!

For the original version of this recipe and many more great meals from myrecipes.com, go here. http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/creamy-chicken-broccoli-casserole

*Blogger reserves right to change her opinion of ‘best thing ever’ on a daily basis.