15 Comforting, High-Protein Casseroles for Fall

Seasonal vegetables like cauliflower, kale, and cabbage make these casseroles the perfect dishes for a cozy fall dinner. From hearty chicken filling to crispy layers of cheese and puff pastry, these comforting, veggie-packed meals are sure to be a hit. These dishes also contain at least 15 grams of protein per serving of foods like lean meat, pasta and beans to help promote satiety, injury recovery and immunity. Recipes like our Smoked Turkey and Cabbage Casserole, Kale and Roasted Rice are hearty, satisfying, and delicious deep dinners that you’re sure to make again and again.


Ground beef casserole with cheese and cauliflower

Ground beef and cauliflower combine to create a hearty weeknight casserole that kids and adults alike will love. Serve with tortilla chips and sour cream.




Chicken Taco Casserole

Photographer: Fred Hardy, food stylist: Jennifer Wendorf, accessories stylist: Shell Royster

This flavorful chicken taco casserole is filled with veggies, chicken, cheese and crispy tortillas and baked to perfection, then topped with fresh tomatoes, crisp iceberg lettuce and creamy avocado, just like a classic taco. Make your own by swapping black beans for pinto beans or adding pepper jack cheese for an added kick. If you want to keep it mild, opt for a milder taco seasoning and skip the jalapeos.




Chicken and Stuffing Casserole

Stuffing isn’t just for Thanksgiving, and this easy chicken and stuffing casserole is proof of that. It’s packed with veggies, making this a hearty casserole you can serve year-round.




Cabbage Casserole

Brie Passano

This casserole has all the elements of cabbage rolls, ground beef, onion and rice cooked in tomato sauce and eliminates the fuss of rolling. Instead, the cabbage is shredded and topped with the spicy filling, then topped with cheese for an easy and satisfying casserole. Feel free to substitute ground beef for other ground meats, such as turkey. This recipe would also be great with a vegetarian meat substitute.




Spinach and Creamed Chicken Casserole

Creamed spinach and chicken combine in this comforting and enjoyable casserole. Crushed red pepper heats it up a bit, so add less or leave it out completely if you want a milder version. You can cook long-grain brown rice in advance or look for microwaveable packaged brown rice to use.




Spanakopita-Inspired Chicken and White Bean Casserole

Photographer: Carson Downing, Food Stylist: Annie Probst, Accessories Stylist: Joseph Wanek

This is a fun take on spanakopita, with a creamy feta and spinach filling and a crispy puff pastry topping. Chicken and white beans contain protein. Any white bean, like cannellini beans, garbanzo beans, or navy beans, works well here. To keep the puff pastry from drying out while building the casserole, keep any unused sheets under a clean, damp towel.




Philly Cheesesteak Casserole

Photographer: Fred Hardy, Food Stylist: Jennifer Wendorf, Props Stylist: Julia Bayliss

With the combination of beef, cheese and peppers, this easy casserole hits the nail on the head when it comes to the flavors of the classic Philadelphia cheesesteak. It’s sure to be a new family favorite, quick enough to make on a weeknight. We love the flavor that smoked provolone adds to the dish, but if you want a more traditional flavor, aged provolone works too.




Ground beef casserole with cheese and broccoli

Cristina Ma

This ground beef casserole with cheese and broccoli is a comfort food the whole family can eat. It’s assembled and roasted in a skillet and finished in 30 minutes, making it the perfect weeknight meal.




Smoked Turkey, Kale and Roasted Rice

This hearty one-skillet dinner is loaded with celery, kale, tomatoes, and quick-cooking brown rice. It’s easy to make the recipe vegetarian by substituting smoked tofu for the turkey.




Spinach and feta strata

Victor Protásio

This breakfast casserole is a natural choice to make ahead, as the egg mixture needs plenty of time to penetrate the bread before baking. Plus, it’s equally delicious hot, at room temperature, or cold so guests can help themselves when they wake up.




Chicken and Cabbage Casserole with Cheese

Diana Chistruga

This cheesy chicken and cabbage casserole is creamy and savory, with lots of savory flavors thanks to the sauerkraut and kielbasa. Gruyre (or Swiss) cheese adds a nutty flavor to the dish, while rye breadcrumbs on top add a hint of cumin and a nice crunch.




Chicken Casserole with Sour Cream and Onion

Sara Haas

If you’re looking for something cozy to eat, this casserole is a delicious choice! Instead of using a can of cream of mushroom soup, we make our own simplified version here. This hearty casserole is finished with perfectly tangy sour cream and shortbread cookies, which add the perfect crunch.




Broccoli, Beef and Tater Tot Hot Plate

Hotdish may be a Minnesota tradition, but everyone, everywhere should add this cheesy casserole to their fall dinner rotation.




Spaghetti pasta in casserole

Strands of tender pumpkin replace the dough for a more savory version of spaghetti pie casserole. Not to mention, pumpkin is a low-carb alternative to pasta and saves over 150 calories per serving compared to a traditional recipe. A sprinkle of nutty fontina cheese melts into a gooey topping.




Mom’s Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

Brian Woodcock; Style: Cindy Barr

This creamy and light chicken casserole is packed with veggies. The sauce at the center of this family-friendly casserole uses skim milk with a combination of low-fat Greek yogurt and a little mayonnaise for body.



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