3 Easy Casseroles

During a busy holiday season, nothing is more comforting than a trusted casserole. Loved ones will appreciate the aroma of the delicious food baking in the oven.

Casseroles were designed for convenience. They can be made in advance and refrigerated or frozen for baking later. Or they can be whipped up and cooked right away. Since many casseroles are also one-dish meals, cleanup is easy, so hosts can enjoy their guests.

Healthy Fish Casserole Recipe

Sometimes it’s nice to have something besides standard holiday turkey, ham, and roast beef. Fish is not only delicious; it’s healthy for the heart.


  • Cooking spray
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 cup of white wine
  • 1-1/2 pound of white fish fillets
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (Swiss or mild cheddar)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a skillet.
  3. Sauté the diced onion until translucent. Add the wine and cook until the wine is reduced to half.
  4. Pour sautéed onions and wine into the casserole dish. Layer it with the fish fillets.
  5. Bake in a 400-degree oven for approximately 12 to 15 minutes until the fish flakes with a fork.
  6. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning over the cod and add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. In a medium bowl, mix 1 tbsp. oil with the garlic powder. Gently fold the bread crumbs into the mixture. Sprinkle the bread mixture on top of the cod. Add the cheese.
  8. Return to the oven for approximately 5 to 10 more minutes, until the cheese has melted.

Holiday Vegetarian Casserole

Vegetarians will appreciate being thought of during holiday meals. This dish can be prepared in advance and baked right before the meal.


  • Cooking spray
  • 1 large package of ziti pasta
  • 1 14 ounces can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 ounces can of kidney beans
  • 1 15 ounces can of navy beans
  • 1 24 ounces jar of prepared spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Spray casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cook pasta according to the directions on the package. Drain and put it back into the pot.
  3. Add diced tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, kidney beans, and navy beans.
  4. Pour the mixture into the casserole dish.
  5. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese over the top.
  6. Bake in a 350 degree oven for approximately 40 to 45 minutes.

Easy Potato Side Dish Casserole Recipe

Quick and inexpensive, potatoes are a favorite among adults and children. This potato casserole is filled with flavor and easy to make.


  • Cooking spray
  • 1 bag thawed hash brown potatoes
  • (Optional) 1 cup diced cooked ham
  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken or cream of celery soup
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 diced onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Spray casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine hash brown potatoes, ham if desired, soup, 1 cup of cheese, melted butter, diced onion, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  3. Pour the mixture into the casserole dish.
  4. Sprinkle the rest of the cheese and the diced red bell pepper over the top.
  5. Cover and bake in 350-degree oven for approximately 1 hour.

Casseroles are perfect for the dinner menu at home, offering as a holiday food gift or bringing to a covered dish dinner. Attach a recipe card so others can make it later.