Well, it’s that time again…another new year is upon us. Welcome 2010!! And yet again, we are all ready and motivated to get in shape, lose weight, and get healthy! But dieting isn’t always easy. And if you like to eat like I do, it can be truly impossible at times. That’s why I created this blog…to share recipes that feel bad for you, but are actually good! As a weight watcher myself, I know that the key to sticking to any diet plan is to feel SATISFIED with what you eat. So I’m always on the hunt for popular diet recipes that can be rejuvenated to create a more filling flavorful dish. And to start off the new year, here’s a FANTASTIC mixed vegetable casserole recipe that I found and altered to be diet friendly!
This healthy casserole is a great way to get your veggie servings in! All the other yummy flavors really enhance the dish, so if you don’t like the taste of vegetables, this casserole may help you get you get those all important daily vegetable servings. Each serving has just a 4 Points, and makes an excellent side dish recipe to take along to a potluck dinner, or a great main dish recipe to serve at any family meal. It’s a pretty quick and easy casserole to make and doesn’t involve any veggie chopping (yes, I can be that lazy at times to appreciate this). Though this is not an official Weight Watchers Recipe, I think that anyone who is following the Weight Watchers program will certainly find a use for this tasty recipe. Plus, this dish is loaded with fiber, calcium and Vitamin A, so not only is it low calorie, but it’s good for you too!
Vegetable Casserole Recipe
– 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
– 1 1/2 cups reduced-sodium fat-free chicken broth
– 1 cup fat-free milk
– 1 tsp dry mustard
– 1 cup shredded reduced-fat Cheddar
– 1/2 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
– 2lbs of any mixed frozen vegetables of your choice (I used the broccoli, cauliflower and carrot mix)
– 1 tsp Kosher salt
– 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
– 1 cup Fiber One cereal, ground into fine, breadcrumb-like consistency
– 1 tsp onion powder
– 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
– 1/2 tsp paprika
– “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” spray
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large pot, combine broth and milk and set on medium heat. Whisk in the flour and dry mustard; continue to whisk until thick and bubbling, about 4 minutes or so. Stir in all the cheddar and 6 tablespoons parmesan cheese until melted; then add in the vegetables, salt and pepper. Pour into a 9- x 13-inch baking dish.
In a separate bowl, mix the Fiber One crumbs, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika and the remaining 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese. Then sprinkle this mixture over the casserole. Finally, spritz about 10 sprays of “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” Spray all over the top of the casserole.
Bake until bubbling and lightly browned, about 20 minutes. Let stand at least 5 minutes at room temperature before serving. Cut into 8 equally sized pieces. Enjoy!
Entire recipe makes 8 servings
Serving size = 1 piece
Each serving = 4 Points