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Aug 16, 2006 04:14 PM

Cheap & Healthy Casserole Recipes

Hello all. I make casseroles for local homeless/women's shelters and am searching for some new recipes. I have done Baked Ziti Parm. & Tuna Noodle w/mushroom soup, and everyone else does pork and beans pretty frequently.

The casseroles are assembled and then frozen, later cooked. They can be either pre-cooked or not. I try to have a combination of protein and carbs with veges. Vegetarian is especially good as some people are diet restricted due to religious beliefs. Cost effective is wonderful.

I know that you Chowhounds can come through with some great recipes. Thanks!

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  1. PS: I normally make a very large batch as they have to feed many people.

    1. I'm not sure what kinds of foods your shelters will like, but Indian and Middle Eastern foods use a lot of vegetarian ingredients (chickpeas, lentils, beans) but with spices to make them interesting. I can look up some recipes at home, but these may not be to everyone's tastes.

      1. Here's a link to a black bean casserole that can probably be multipied easily:

        1. Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie is an inexpensive easy to multiply one...

          4 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
          1/2 cup potato water
          1/4 tsp. salt
          1/4 tsp. onion powder
          8 oz black beans OR 1 1/2 cups garbanzo beans, cooked
          1 cup frozen corn, thawed
          1 cup frozen peas, thawed
          1/3 cup peanut butter
          1/2 cup water

          Preheat oven to 350.
          Place potatoes in a large saucepan, and add just enough water to cover.
          Boil for 15-20 minutes, or until tender. Drain potatoes, reserving
          Mash cooked potatoes with hot water, salt, and onion powder. Add
          additional liquid if desired. Set aside. Combine beans,
          corn, and peas in a 9 in pie pan. In a separate bowl, whisk together
          peanut butter and water, until smooth. Pour sauce evenly over
          vegetables. Top with mounds of mashed potatoes. Sprinkle with paprika.
          Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until potatoes start to brown.
          Serve hot or at room temperature.

          here is another good variation

          1. I like my mother's recipe for Bean Stroganoff. It's just ground beef sauteed with lots of onions and garlic, then mixed with kidney beans and sour cream and cooked (below boiling). I've used yoghurt as a more healthy sub and it works fine. I also used "Low Fat" sour cream (which may be an oxymoron) Season with s & p. Easy and very good.