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Mix and Match

I love casseroles—they’re the perfect weekday dinner because they’re easy to throw together and can bake while I’m doing other things around the house. This week, my nutritionist, Ruth Frechman, R.D., gave me some tips on how to change up my usual combinations. You just swap around the protein (beans, seafood, chicken, turkey, beef, or pork), a starch (rice, couscous, pasta, or bulgur), veggies (peas, green beans, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, tomatoes), some seasoning (garlic, ginger, chilies, spices), and a liquid (tomato sauce, broth). Cook the meat partially, mix everything together in a dish, and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or so. The possibilities are endless!

Here are a couple healthy casserole options:

Paradise Casserole

Baked Whole Wheat Penne Pasta

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