Not Your Mama's Casserole Dish

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Basmati Rice & Curry Casserole
Biryanis are rice-based casseroles that combine a saucy meat, vegetable or legume curry with basmati rice, whole spices, nuts and raisins. This particular dish is a nutritional powerhouse, thanks to the mustard greens and chickpeas.

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Chicken, Mushroom & Wild Rice Casserole
In Minnesota, chicken, mushrooms and wild rice are often bound together in a casserole with cream of mushroom soup.

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Seafood Chowder Casserole
New England seafood chowder inspired the flavors here, but we’ve enhanced them further with Gruyère cheese and a crispy crumb topping.

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Chilaquiles Casserole
Our enchilada-style casserole is made with mildly spicy sauce but you can use medium or hot. If you want to eliminate the heat altogether, try a green enchilada sauce.

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BLT Strata
You can prep the BLT strata in stages. Bake the tomatoes well ahead of time (maybe some night after dinner when the oven is already up and going). And, while you're up, bake a double batch of tomatoes and save some for sandwiches or for tossing with pasta.

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Mini Chile Relleno Casseroles
Everyone gets an individual portion with this vegetarian, Tex-Mex mini casserole. A normal-size casserole like this would take close to an hour to bake--these are ready in half the time.

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Baked Cod Casserole
The combination of wine, Gruyere cheese and toasty bread in this fish casserole evokes the flavors of fondue...a perfect winter food. Choose Pacific cod, it's an ocean-friendly choice.

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Stovetop Chicken & Broccoli Casserole
We trimmed 9 grams of fat and almost 100 calories in this makeover of cheesy chicken-and-broccoli casserole. All the raw ingredients are layered in a skillet, then simmered for a quick weeknight dinner.

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Tex-Mex Summer Squash Casserole
Chiles and cheese turn mild summer squash into a zesty, satisfying casserole. The jalapenos make this dish quite hot; if you prefer a milder version, use a second can of diced green chiles instead.

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The casserole dish used to represent convenience. Mothers across the country would pile in the ingredients to form one singular dish with your standard protein, carb and vegetable. They called it the casserole.

But today, while the casserole dish still represents convenience, casseroles have left their traditional comfort for the unconventional. From baking cod topped with fresh bread crumbs to adding spices from around the world, the casserole dish is no longer boring. We love casseroles, they house all the important ingredients to feed our hungry bellies while continuing to be an easy, make it before hand dish.

Check out the slideshow above for new casserole ideas.

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