There are many options for casseroles that save time and money. They are also an excellent way to sneak more vegetables into your meal. Canned or frozen vegetables can be a cheap, easy way to round out your casserole dishes.
Here are some tips for making casseroles:
• Try throwing together a bunch of leftovers or things you have on-hand in your pantry.
• Save more money by serving casseroles as “one dish meals”. You don’t need any extra dishes if you have a good variety of ingredients in your casserole.
• A simple formula to follow for making your casseroles is:
1 cup main ingredient (e.g. tuna, chicken, or tofu)
1 cup second ingredient (e.g. vegetable, eggs, or another main ingredient)
1-2 cups starchy ingredient (e.g. rice, potatoes, or noodles)
1 1/2 cups binder (e.g. sour cream, mayonnaise, tomato sauce, etc.)
1/2 cup of “goodie” (e.g. nuts, cheese, olives, etc.)
Seasonings (e.g. spices, onions, peppers, garlic, etc.)
Toppings (e.g. Ramen noodles, chips, croutons, cheese, etc)