Healthy Holiday Casseroles

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I want to keep my promise of sharing some of my favorite, healthy holiday casseroles. This is the time of year when we crave those warm comforting foods. 

It seems so much easier to get in our fruits and vegetables in the summer time. Gardens are plentiful, fresh vegetables seem to be around every corner. Maybe you’re lucky enough to have a neighbor close by that keeps you in constant supply with fruits and vegetable during the summer months.

But, our bodies crave completely different things when the cooler weather hits. It’s super hard to get in those cold salads and smoothies that are so good for us.

We still need to slip in our veggies, and I’ll show you how in some of my favorite healthy holiday casseroles.

As you know, I teach my clients low carb as a way of life. No, you don’t have to deprive yourself of your favorite foods, but I show you how to make a healthier version of what you love, so it becomes a lifestyle.

Most recipes I share with you will be paleo style. If you’re not familiar with Paleo, it takes us back to the hunter gatherer times. Most recipes are low carb, whole unprocessed ingredients. The way food should be! Healthy holiday casseroles is an excellent way to incorporate paleo into your lifestyle.

I know you get busy with work and family, and all you want is something quick and easy. It’s tempting to grab that box of hamburger helper off the shelf, right?

But I want to share with you quick and easy healthy holiday casseroles and foods that won’t take all day to cook and don’t require strange ingredients that are hard to find.

This is a lifestyle change. It won’t happen overnight, but with small steps, you’ll begin to have more energy, your skin will look alive and the cravings will gradually disappear! Doesn’t that sound great! But you have to change your mindset from quick and processed to whole and healthy.  Atmospheric Christmas window with Santa girl dressing christmas tree

This first recipe combines my love for chicken and sweet potatoes into one super easy healthy holiday casserole.

This recipe is full of flavor and super quick to throw together. I found this recipe on paleoleap.com. They share many low carb friendly family favorites. I’ll share the link in case you’re like me and want to see the finished product http://paleoleap.com/sweet-potato-buffalo-chicken-casserole/

Sweet Potato Buffalo Chicken Healthy Holiday Casserole

Ingredients:

2 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into cubes

5 sweet potatoes cut into ½ inch cubes

1 tbsp. paprika

2 tbsp. garlic powder

6 tbsp. hot sauce

½ cup olive oil

1 cup bacon cooked and crumbled (approx. 4-5 slices)

1 cup green onions sliced

Sea salt and ground pepper to taste

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine together the olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, hot sauce and season with salt and pepper.
  • Add the sweet potatoes and chicken, stir to coat.
  • Empty the bowl into a greased casserole dish
  • Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes, stirring every 10-15 minutes.
  • When done, add the green onions and bacon to the dish and place back in oven for another 5 minutes to let flavors combine.

Optional: Slice up avocado on top and serve or sprinkle a small amount of cheese on top. Blue cheese compliments it well.  

Ok, on to my next healthy holiday casserole! It’s not always easy finding healthy casseroles for your family. Most recipes are loaded with processed ingredients, tons of cheese, along with a ton of calories.

But when I found this recipe on www.popularpaleo.com, I knew it would be a paleo winner. It’s low carb with plenty of vegetables and lots of flavor.  Here’s the link if you want to see the photo http://popularpaleo.com/paleo-tex-mex-casserole/

And here it is…

Paleo Tex Mex Healthy Holiday Casserole

Ingredients:

1-1.5 pound beef or ground turkey

2 cups spinach

2-3 carrots, diced

1 parsnip, diced

1 zucchini, diced

2 cups diced bell pepper

2-3 cloves garlic, minced

14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes

3 tbsp. bacon grease

1/3 cup taco seasoning

½ tsp. sea salt

5 cups shredded sweet potatoes (approx. 3 large potatoes)

½ cup coconut oil, melted (you could substitute olive oil if no coconut oil)

½ tsp. onion powder

½ tsp. chili powder

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Add in your bacon grease to bottom of large skillet. Throw in diced veggies and garlic.
  • Season with sea salt and cook until tender. Set aside for later.
  • Next, crumble ground beef, taco seasoning, mix and brown.
  • Melt ½ cup coconut oil and pour over shredded sweet potatoes while oil is warm. Toss! Sprinkle the potatoes with the onion powder and chili powder. Mix together.
  • Add the cooked veggies back to skillet along with the diced tomatoes.
  • Cook on low for another 3-5 minutes.
  • Transfer the meat and veggies in skillet to a greased casserole dish.
  • Cover with seasoned, shredded sweet potatoes, cover with foil and bake 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes.
  • Take out of oven, remove foil and broil on low for another 5 minutes or until sweet potatoes have browned a bit.

Optional: Serve topped with scallions, avocado, and hot sauce.

Enjoy!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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