If you’re looking for the perfect warm, comforting meal that won’t blow your healthy eating resolution this winter, you’ve come to the right place. Behold, warm veggies covered in low-fat cheese and topped with breadcrumbs! It’s a meal that’s easy to prepare, delicious, and just as soothing as something a little less on the healthy side (i.e. typical “comfort food,” like carb-heavy mac ‘n cheese).
The recipe for baked zucchini, spinach, and feta will change your weeknight dinner situation for the better and comes via the blog Skinny Ms. It calls for baby spinach, zucchini, and yellow squash to be combined with low-fat and fat-free versions of feta and Parmesan cheeses. Lastly, it’s sprinkled with whole wheat panko bread crumbs for a delightfully crisp topping.
Garlic powder, basil leaves, and black pepper go in for added flavor, so this dish is far from bland!
Once everything is combined, 30 to 40 minutes in the oven will yield a yummy-looking casserole that you’ll be more than ready to dig into:
If you’d rather skip the breadcrumbs and create a casserole that’s extra creamy instead, you can follow along with the recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen, which calls for yellow or green squash, feta, eggs, Parmesan cheese, and sour cream. This dinner is rich and decadent, but low-carb and diet-friendly, too:
Most zucchini casseroles are excellent vegetarian dinner options. However, if you’d prefer to add some meat in the mix, you can also create a version that has chicken baked into it.
The recipe from Six Sisters’ Stuff combines zucchini, cooked and cubed chicken breasts, and cream of chicken soup to yield a casserole that meat-lovers will enjoy. Plus, chicken stuffing mix makes for a savory breaded topping:
A recipe from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe also proves that zucchini can be served in non-casserole form, too. Baked zucchini bites are the perfect accompaniment to soups and a lighter lunch option that’s easy to transport. First combine shaved zucchini, bread crumbs, shredded cheddar cheese, and seasonings. Then drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto a baking dish, you’ll yield adorable little bite-sized snacks:
No matter how you serve it, these warm zucchini meal options are sure to help you have a year that’s filled with healthy and delicious meal options! So, get ready to settle in on a cold winter’s night for just the right combination of tasty and healthy to keep on rotation all season long.