15 comforting high-protein dishes for fall

15 comforting high-protein dishes for fall

Seasonal vegetables like broccoli, kale, and cabbage make these casseroles perfect for a cozy fall dinner. From the delicious filling with chicken to the crunchy layers of cheese and chips, these comforting, veggie-packed meals are sure to be a hit. These dishes also contain at least 15 grams of protein per serving from foods like lean beef, pasta, and beans to help promote satiety, injury recovery, and immunity. Recipes like Cabbage Cabbage Casserole, Smoked Turkey, and Kale and Rice Bake, fill you up with delicious, satisfying deep-dish dinners that you’re sure to make again and again.

Minced beef dish with cheese and cauliflower

Ground beef and cauliflower combine to create a delicious weeknight casserole that both kids and adults will love. Served with tortilla chips and sour cream.

Chicken taco tray

Photographer: Fred Hardy, Food Stylist: Jennifer Wendorf, Prop Designer: Shell Royster

This delicious chicken taco casserole is packed with veggies, chicken, cheese, and crunchy tortilla chips and baked to perfection, then topped with fresh tomatoes, crunchy iceberg lettuce, and creamy avocado—just like a classic taco. Make your own by substituting black beans for pinto beans or adding pepper jack cheese for some extra kick. If you want to keep it mild, choose milder taco seasoning and skip the jalapeños.

Chicken casserole and filling

Stuffing isn’t just for Thanksgiving, and this easy chicken and stuffing dish is proof of that. It’s packed with plenty of vegetables, making it a healthy dish you can feel good about serving year-round.

Cabbage roll casserole

Pre Bassano

This casserole has all the elements of a cabbage roll—ground meat, onions, and rice cooked in tomato sauce—and skips the fuss of the wrap. Instead, the cabbage is shredded and layered with delicious filling, then topped with cheese for a satisfying and easy casserole. Feel free to substitute other ground meats, such as turkey, for ground beef – this recipe would also be great with a vegetarian meat substitute.

Creamy spinach and chicken casserole

Spinach and creamy chicken are combined in this comforting, crowd-pleasing dish. Ground red pepper does have some heat, so add less or leave it out altogether if you want a milder version. You can cook long-grain brown rice in advance or look for packaged microwaveable brown rice to use instead.

A spanakopita-inspired dish made with chicken and white beans

Photographer: Carson Downing, Food Designer: Annie Probst, Props Designer: Joseph Wanek

It’s a fun take on spanakopita, with a creamy filling of feta and spinach and a layer of crunchy potato chips. Chicken and white beans contain protein. Any white beans, such as cannellini, chickpeas, or navy beans, work well here. To keep the filo dough from drying out while building the casserole, keep the unused sheets under a clean, damp towel.

Philly Cheese Steak Casserole

Photographer: Fred Hardy, Food Stylist: Jennifer Wendorf, Prop Designer: Julia Bayliss

With a combination of beef, cheese, and paprika, this easy casserole hits the nail on the head when it comes to classic Philly cheesesteak flavors. It’s sure to be a new family favorite that’s quick enough to whip up on a weeknight. We love the smoked provolone flavor it brings to the dish, but if you want a more traditional flavor, aged provolone works too.

Minced beef with cheese and broccoli dish

Christine Ma

This ground beef and broccoli dish is a comfort food the whole family can get behind. It’s assembled and baked in one pan and finished in 30 minutes, making it the perfect weeknight meal.

Smoked turkey, kale and baked rice

This delicious one-pan dinner is packed with celery, kale, tomatoes, and quick-cooking brown rice. It’s easy to make the recipe vegetarian by substituting smoked tofu for turkey.

Spinach and feta strata

Victor Protasio

This breakfast casserole is a natural choice, as the egg mixture needs plenty of time to soak before baking. Plus, it’s equally delicious, hot, cold, or room temperature, so guests can help themselves when they wake up.

Chicken and cabbage casserole with cheese

Diana Chesteroga

This cheesy chicken and cabbage dish is creamy and salty with lots of delicious flavors thanks to sauerkraut and kielbasa. Gruyere (or Swiss) cheese adds a nutty flavor to the dish, while the rye bread crumbs on top give it a touch of caraway and a nice crunch.

Chicken casserole with sour cream and onions

Sarah Haas

If you’re looking for something comforting to eat, this casserole is a delicious choice! Instead of using a can of cream of mushroom soup, we make our simplified version here. This delicious casserole is finished with tangy sour cream and buttery crackers, which add the perfect crunch.

Broccoli, Beef, and Blueberry Hotdish Seasoning

Hotdish may be a Minnesota tradition but everyone, everywhere, should add this cheesy casserole to their fall dinner rotation.

Spaghetti squash casserole

Threads of tender squash replace the pasta for a more flavorful version of spaghetti pie casserole. Not to mention, spaghetti squash is a low-carb alternative to pasta and saves over 150 calories per serving compared to the traditional recipe. A sprinkle of nutty fontina cheese melts into a gooey layer.

My mom’s creamy chicken and broccoli casserole

Brian Woodcock; Design: Cindy Barr

This light, creamy chicken dish is packed with veggies. The sauce at the heart of this family-friendly casserole uses fat-free milk mixed with fat-free Greek yogurt and a little mayonnaise to give it body.

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