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Cheap and Healthy Cold-Weather Family Recipes: Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

Cooler weather means warmer meals. Soon families will be gathering around the table for meals that not only warm the body, but the soul as well. These meals don’t have to cost a fortune and they also don’t have to be loaded with fat. There are a number of cheap and healthy meals that are perfect for families. Best of all, many of these meals can be prepared on a busy work night. Take casseroles for example. Casseroles are affordable, easy, and can even be made healthy. This week, let’s look at a couple delicious casseroles for those cold evenings.

Chili Cornbread Bake
Serves 4

8 cups of leftover chili
¾ cup cornmeal mix
¼ cup of all purpose flour
½ – ¾ cup milk
½ cup of sharp shredded cheddar cheese
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

1. Pour the chili into an 8 inch baking dish.
2. In a medium bowl, mix the cornmeal mix, flour, and milk.
3. Pour the cornbread mixture over the chili and top with the cheese and cayenne pepper.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the cornbread is golden brown.
5. Serve with low-fat sour cream and salsa.

Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
Serves 8

4 split chicken breasts, roasted
10 ounce box of frozen broccoli
1 cup of low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
1 can of low-fat, low-sodium cream of mushroom soup
½ cup fat-free mayonnaise
2 eggs
Fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
1 sleeve of reduced fat butter crackers, crushed

1. Chop the chicken into bite sized pieces.
2. Blanch and drain the broccoli and allow it to cool slightly.
3. Combine the cheese, soup, mayonnaise, eggs, and fresh cracked black pepper.
4. Toss the chicken and broccoli with the soup mixture.
5. Pour the mixture into a medium sized baking dish and top with the crackers.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 – 45 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.
7. Serve with a side salad and crusty bread.