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Modern Casseroles

When you hear “casserole” do you still think of the June Cleaver variety made from mystery meat, mushy veggies or noodles and condensed cream-of-something soup that’s topped with crushed crackers? Not exactly what we want on our tables these days. But we don’t want to discard casseroles completely! They’re easy, affordable meals that are equally ideal for weeknight family dinners as well as for parties, potlucks and picnics. 

Let’s upgrade to a modern casserole:  A beautiful centerpiece relying on a rainbow of fresh seasonal ingredients to help you create good health and great taste.  Here’s a start with some of our favorites:

Casseroles are also perfect for getting creative with leftovers, so that nothing goes to waste.  One of my favorites is an enchilada casserole made from corn tortillas layered with leftover beans, salsa fresca, feta cheese (a personal favorite), and sliced zucchini.  It’s great with a dollop of guacamole!

Here’s a list of ingredients you might like to use the next time you build a casserole:    

  • Harvest Vegetable Shepherd's Pie with Mashed YamsWhole grains
    • Brown or wild rice
    • Buckwheat, millet or amaranth
    • Whole wheat, spelt or sprouted whole grain pasta
    • Cracked wheat, whole wheat couscous or spelt
  • Legumes
    • Pinto, black, and navy beans
    • Lima and butter beans
    • Split peas, lentils, adzuki beans and black eyed peas
  • Fresh veggies
    • Onions, tomatoes and mushrooms
    • Kale, collards, and chard
    • Carrots, colorful bell peppers and butternut squash
    • Chives, leeks and shallots
  • Fresh herbs and seasonings
    • Basil, thyme oregano
    • Marjoram, parsley, rosemary
    • Turmeric, curry, cumin and coriander

Are you king or queen of the casseroles?  Got a favorite?  Let me know.

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Shari says …

Could you please add some meat options?

Donna says …

Every time I click on the Brown Rice and Vegetable Recipe, the Broccoli, rice and cheese recipe comes up. I would love to see the Brown Rice and Vegetable one - can you help or send it to me?

Virginia Ellen Perkins says …

As has happened often before, I could not link with one of your recipes. I wanted the recipe for the brown rice and veggies casserole. But every time I tried, your web site took me to the broccoli, rice, and cheese casserole. Since I must avoid, or at least severely limit, dairy the cheese is out. Someone should check your web site before it is published ot be sure all the links are working correctly.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@DONNA & @VIRGINIA - Sorry for the mix-up. I have corrected the link above for the Brown Rice and Veggie Casserole. You can get there directly at https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/brown-rice-and-vegetable-casserole. Thanks for catching the broken link!

Louise Creaser says …

I think you can't go past chicken cacciatore. Chicken thighs Tinned whole tomatoes Red peppers Lots of onion Kalamata olives All the medditerranean herbs- oregano, thyme, sage, rosemary etc and finish with fresh basil. Serve over rice, mashed potato or polenta

Bruce Neben says …

Can you send me the recipe for the Vegetable Enchilada Caserole that you sometimes serve in your hot deli?

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@BRUCE - Since this item is made in-house, more than likely it's a recipe that a store or regional chef developed. Check with your local to see if they have a recipe. If they do, they'll be happy to share it!