When most people think “casserole,” they think of those soggy potluck tuna noodle dishes that we all spent our childhoods avoiding. But casseroles really don’t deserve such a bad rap—they’re quick to prep, easy to clean up, and can be healthy if they’re packed with the right stuff. These recipes, for example, are full of whole-wheat grains, fresh veggies, low-fat cheeses, and plenty of flavorful add-ins. Plus they’ll make tons of leftovers, so you’ll be able to squeeze out at least a couple extra healthy meals from one pan. Score.
Though this recipe calls for a healthy dose of Parmesean and part-skim ricotta, the lemon zest keeps it light, and the whole-wheat pasta and fresh kale keep it packed with healthy nutrients. Even better, it’s a great recipe to prep ahead and leave in the fridge—everything is pre-cooked, so you only need to warm it up in the oven when you’re ready to eat it.