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EGGPLANT CASSEROLE


2 c. eggplant (cooked and drained)1 med. onion (chopped)1 #2 can tomatoes (drained)1 1/2 c. grated American cheese4 eggs1 c. cornbread crumbs
Sauté onion in 2 tablespoons oil or butter, add eggplant and tomatoes. Mash with a potato masher. Stir until mixture looks like scrambled eggs. Stir in cheese and 3/4 cup cornbread crumbs. Pour into casserole dish and top with remaining crumbs. Dot with butter.
Bake 350°F for 20 to 25 minutes

(Source: Photo by michaelkrausphotography.com for The New York Times, story:/ https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1013987-donald-links-eggplant-casserole / this recipe was first published in www.cooks.com Franke’s Eggplant Casserole)

YELLOW SQUASH CASSEROLE

Squash Casserole is an essential dish for holidays and special events. Topped with a buttery cracker topping, this squash casserole is an all­time favorite! Author: Robyn Stone |addapinch.com

Serves: 12

Ingredients

2 tablespoons butter

4 cups sliced yellow squash

1 medium onion, chopped

2 eggs

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

1 cup milk

2 tablespoons butter

¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 sleeve Ritz crackers

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350º F.

2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in medium skillet or saute pan over medium­low heat. Add squash and onions and cook until tender. 3. To a large bowl, add eggs and lightly whisk. Add cheese and milk and whisk into egg until well­combined. Add cooked squash and onions to egg mixture and stir well to combined. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in skillet used to cook squash and onions. Add to squash casserole mixture. Add cayenne pepper, if using, along with salt and pepper. Stir well to combine. 4. Spray a 9×13 casserole dish with cooking spray and pour squash casserole mixture into the baking dish. Top evenly with crushed Ritz crackers. Place in preheated oven and bake 45 minutes, or until top has lightly browned and casserole does not “jiggle” when the dish is moved. 5. Allow to sit for about 3 minutes before serving.

(Source: https://addapinch.com/squash-casserole-recipe/)

SPINACH CASSEROLE 

INGREDIENTS

  • (10 ounce) boxes frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
  • 1large egg
  • 1teaspoon salt
  • 14teaspoon black pepper
  • 1small onion, chopped fine
  • 12cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 -2cup crouton

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place spinach in strainer and squeeze all extra liquid from it.
  3. In a large bowl, combine spinach with the rest of ingredients, except croutons, and combine well.
  4. Pour into a 2 quart casserole dish and top with croutons.
  5. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until bubbling around edges.

(Source: http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/how-i-got-my-family-to-eat-spinach-spinach-casserole-25775)

MEXICAN CASSEROLE  

 A very easy and tasty dish. You can substitute ground turkey and low fat dairy products! Complete the meal with chips, salsa and a green salad.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • 2 cups salsa
  • 1 (16 ounce) can chili beans, drained
  • 3 cups tortilla chips, crushed
  • 2 cups sour cream
  • 1 (2 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh tomato
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground beef until no longer pink. Stir in salsa, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in beans, and heat through.
  3. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Spread crushed tortilla chips in dish, and then spoon beef mixture over chips. Spread sour cream over beef, and sprinkle olives, green onion, and tomato over the sour cream. Top with Cheddar cheese.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until hot and bubbly.

(Source: Recipe By:ANDREALF63 Photo and recipe LINK:  http://allrecipes.com/recipe/20680/easy-mexican-casserole/)

GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE 

Did you know that more than 40 million Americans will be making green bean casserole this year? Try this popular recipe from French’s.

Ingredients

1 can (10 1/2 oz.) Campbell’s® Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup 
3/4 cup milk 
1/8 tsp. black pepper 
4 cups cooked cut green beans or 2 cans (14.5oz each) any style Del Monte® Green Beans, drained
1 1/3 cups FRENCH’S® Crispy Fried Onions 

Directions

MIX soup, milk and pepper in a 1 1/2 -qt. baking dish. Stir in beans and 2/3 cup Crispy Fried Onions.
BAKE at 350°F for 30 min. or until hot. Stir.
TOP with remaining 2/3 cup onions. Bake 5 min. until onions are golden.

For a twist, try the Festive Green Bean Casserole.

(Source: recipe – http://www.frenchs.com/recipe/frenchs-green-bean-casserole-RE1511-1 , photo: ABC news.com)

EASY MACARONI CASSEROLE

Servings: 8

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 medium red pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/4 cup finely diced carrots
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 (14.5 oz can) petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 cups marinara sauce (I used my own homemade)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 oz uncooked DeLallo whole wheat elbows

Directions:

In a large deep non-stick skillet, brown the ground turkey over high heat until cooked through, seasoning with a pinch of salt and breaking it up into smaller pieces as it cooks. Set aside on a dish.

Add olive oil to the skillet, reduce heat to medium and add the onion, red pepper, celery and carrots; sauté until the vegetables soft, about 6 to 7 minutes.

Return the turkey to the skillet along with the remaining ingredients except for the pasta and cheese.

Bring to a boil and then lower heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 minutes. While simmering, heat oven to 350°F.

(Source: https://www.skinnytaste.com/easy-macaroni-casserole/#WOOkRTv40gGbsC9U.99)

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