I love a good casserole, an all-in-one recipe that feeds the family a satisfying, hearty comfort food that they will always associate with mom and home. These recipes get passed down from one generation to the next with a little bit of memory attached, a tale or story to be told about its origin. Many times the recipe gets changed, someone thinks something would be great if it was added and usually a new version that is even better emerges. Family casseroles are a tradition and I invite you to take a look at these recipes that I consider to be some of the best of their kind on the internet.
Guiltless Green Bean Casserole – This recipe may look like you typical holiday green bean casserole but it certainly is not. What you will find in this recipe that is not in the others is that it used fresh green beans not canned, it includes dry ranch-style dressing mix, I like to use Hidden Valley the one that requires buttermilk. Some of the other ingredients include fresh sliced mushrooms and whole wheat bread crumbs. This recipe will serve 10 people about ½ cup each, it will take about 35 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to bake and then time to dig in.
Potatoes Au Gratin – This classic dish is one that I remember having for many holiday occasions, either mom or grandma would be cooking up my favorite cheesy potatoes, the cheesier the better. If you enjoy this type of creamy potato dish, to enjoy that unbeatable flavor that comes from this dish but a limited by diabetes, this is perfect for you. This dish has been designed to fit into a diabetic diet so you no longer have to eat the old version with a guilty conscience or pass up eating one of your favorites. Enjoy making this version and eat it guilt free and make it a regular for the holidays even if someone is bringing the regular version, I bet they may even like this one better.
20-Minute Chicken Divan – I can’t imagine that you can cook up a delicious chicken casserole in just 20 minutes but here is a recipe that can do just that. This dish includes fresh broccoli florets, boneless, skinless chicken breast, some cream of chicken soup with milk, low fat Cheddar cheese and of course salt and black pepper. Simple to put together and all it takes is 20 minutes in a 375 degree oven and it is ready to eat. You can find the nutritional information for this recipe at the website but remember, this is diabetic friendly.
Italian Eggplant Casserole – Now I was not one to like eggplant while I was growing up, I thought it was weird and gross and I would pass it up while watching my mother enjoy it like it was chocolate cake or something. As I have grown up I have learned that I enjoy many foods that I did not as a child, eggplant being on of them. This is a delicious recipe that is really easy to make and a great way to cook up some eggplant. Growing your own eggplant is so easy and during the summer months you can grow your own and use them in so may ways but be sure to include trying this recipe, I think you will really enjoy it.
Golden Squash Casserole – Here we go again, another on of those vegetables that I hated as a child but my mother loved and would cook often. Squash, the name just sounds like something that has been smashed and why would I want to eat that? Like many things I learned to like, squash is one of them and in this recipe they pair it up with cheese and I will eat just about anything with cheese. This recipe uses the yellow summer squash and the cheese is reduced-fat sharp Cheddar but if you are not diabetic and have no dietary restrictions you can enjoy this recipe with regular cheese, mayo and eggs if you like or maybe try this healthier version, you may find that it is just as satisfying.
There you have my 5 recipe picks for family casserole dishes that are diabetic friendly. I hope that you find something that you like and will try cooking this up in your kitchen for your family and friends to enjoy.