Healthy, simple, all-in-one meals that make the house smell amazing, and bellies feel grateful — welcome, the tried and true casserole! Creative, kid friendly casseroles are a fabulous way to bring real food ingredients together and let the oven do the rest.
The comfort that a warm baked dish offers will even bring a smile to your child’s face. This recipe round-up is all about kid-friendly casseroles. Finding meals that the whole family will enjoy can be a challenge, but these balanced and nutrient-rich recipes are here to help you out.
When looking for healthy casserole recipes, remember these tips:
- Seek vegetables! Add your own additional vegetables within the casserole, or on the side, for a nutrient boost.
- Aim for quality protein. Or, serve alongside.
- Use healthy cooking fats, such as coconut oil, avocado oil, butter, ghee, or pastured lard.
- Don’t be afraid to make a swap, such as using spaghetti squash, or cauliflower, in place of pasta.
- Adjust seasonings and spice to meet your family’s tastes!
We’ve even included casseroles for picky eaters, and I encourage you to invite those picky eaters into the kitchen to help you make the recipe. Remember that teaching your kids to cook has benefits that extend far beyond raising the next star chef.
Come along — casseroles kids like are waiting to be devoured.
1. Chicken “Pasta” Bake with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto
This grain-free comfort food recipe is full of flavor, AND simple ingredients. We always serve the goat cheese on the side of this Chicken “Pasta” Bake for an easy opt-out, and the kids love to pick fresh herbs to garnish with.
2. Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole
I love that this Cheesy Chicken Broccoli and Rice Casserole from Fed & Fit uses a homemade cream of chicken soup rather than a store bought version. It comes together quickly and tastes delicious.
3. Almost 5 Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti
This 5 (almost) Ingredient Pizza Spaghetti recipe from PaleOMG is one of our family’s favorite casseroles. You can even top it off veggies and cheese for true pizza-loving kids.
4. Chorizo Frittata
A breakfast casserole with a touch of spice is just what some kids crave — at least I know mine do. This Chorizo Frittata recipe is a versatile dish full of veggies, protein, and taste! It’s a great addition to any primal lifestyle.
5. Cheesy Meatballs Casserole
What kid doesn’t love a good meatball? Especially baked with marinara sauce and topped with cheese? We love to serve this Cheesy Meatball Casserole from Eat Well 101 over a plate of spiralized zucchini — a.k.a “zoodles.”
6. Cashew Chicken Casserole
This Cashew Chicken Quinoa Casserole from Fit Foodie Finds is a protein rich, satisfying baked dish with all the deliciousness of the traditional Chinese takeout meal — just a whole lot healthier.
7. Fall Harvest Baked Oatmeal
Baked oats become a blank slate for both sweet or savory flavors, and this Fall Harvest Baked Oatmeal casserole gives both! I love that I can add nutrient-rich colorful roots to this dish and watch my kids gobble it down.
8. Cilantro Lime Baked Shrimp
Healthier ingredients with the Mexican flavors everyone loves (garlic, lime, and cilantro), this Cilantro Lime Baked Shrimp recipe from Gimme Some Oven is a perfect weeknight family meal. We love it served with cauliflower rice.
9. Tex-Mex Beef & Rice Casserole
This Tex-Mex Beef and Rice Casserole recipe from Nom Nom Paleo is a must try! It’s gluten-free, Whole 30 friendly, and packed with nutrition. No side dishes necessary with the balance of veggies, protein, and healthy fats.
10. Hearty Mexican Primal Lasagna
I love this flavorful Mexican twist on primal lasagna. This recipe features the flavors of green chilies, enchilada sauce, avocado, and cilantro! Use almond flour or rice based lasagna noodles in your layering fun.
11. Chicken Pot Pie
Sure, the filling of a Chicken Pot Pie is important, but it’s the crust we all lust over (don’t you agree?). This recipe from Everyday Maven, nailed the crust — light, flakey, and made with almond flour and tapioca starch (no grains here!). A family favorite for sure.
12. Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Forget the mess and time sink of making actual enchiladas, and opt for this Chicken Enchilada Casserole from Fed & Fit instead! I promise, you can pull it together on a busy weeknight and your kids will be asking for seconds.
13. Creamy Shepherd’s Pie
Don’t tell, but this tasty Shepherd’s Pie recipe is topped with mashed cauliflower! With a little bacon in the mix, my family never even notices the less starchy swap. It’s also packed with veggies to balance out the grass fed beef.
It’s one of my favorite kid friendly casseroles, with a great balance of flavors and that traditional “comfort food” feel.
14. Sweet Potato Casserole
A far healthier version for a holiday tradition. Sweet Potato Casserole is loved by many, but it’s usually full of sugar (high-fructose corn syrup to be exact). Wellness Mama’s recipe creatively uses egg whites and honey for a similar effect on a delicious dish.
15. BBQ Chicken Casserole
Inspired by BBQ chicken pizza, this BBQ Chicken Casserole recipe from Real Food with Jessica is the real deal, and it will fit right into your paleo family meal plan, your Whole 30 challenge, or simply your “appeal to the whole family” goals.
16. Minced Stuffed Pumpkins
Baked Stuffed Pumpkins may not be a typical casserole dish, but when they are all squished together on a baking sheet they certainly give me the same comforting feel. Pie pumpkins make the tastiest edible vessels, which kids think is pretty cool.
17. Tuna Casserole (with cauliflower)
No need for pasta overload and condensed soup in this Tuna Casserole (with cauliflower) recipe from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen! A classic casserole with all the ooey-gooey goodness, but healthier ingredients. Kid-friendly for sure!
18. Zucchini Lasagna Casserole
Lasagna is always a labor of love that is worth every effort. This Zucchini Lasagna Casserole recipe from Live Simply is no different — we are just swapping thinly sliced zucchini for noodles. All the same Italian tradition baked to perfection.
19. Vegetable Frittata
20. Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
Do your kids love ranch? I’ve never been a fan, and never bought ranch dressing until Primal Kitchen came out with a healthy version — my kids are so grateful, and this Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole recipe from PaleOMG is a big hit!
21. Stuffed Pepper Casserole
Our family loves this Stuffed Pepper Casserole because it allows you to use what you have on hand and adjust for your taste preferences. We like to use different colored peppers, and play with different seasonings. A great staple casserole from Plaid & Paleo.
22. Nutty Tomato Tart
Do “tarts” count as kid friendly casseroles? I certainly think so — it’s a one pot dish that bakes in the oven. I love having my kids help me put this Nutty Tomato Tart together because it gives them an opportunity to practice different kitchen skills, and boost their excitement over eating it. YUM!
23. Southwest Breakfast Casserole
This Southwest Breakfast Casserole from Savory Lotus is full of sweet potatoes, spinach, ground meat, eggs, and tasty seasonings. It’s simple to put together, great any time of day, and filling for the whole family.
24. French Toast Casserole
This AMAZING French Toast Casserole from Real Everything starts with making an almond flour based cinnamon bread before adding a coconut milk and maple syrup sauce baked into a delicious bread pudding. Does it get any better?
25. Salsa Verde Paleo Pulled Pork Casserole
We often have leftover pulled pork in our house, and this Salsa Verde Pulled Pork Casserole from What Great Grandma Ate is a perfect way to enjoy it again! Seriously tasty with ingredients I feel good about feeding my family.
Start Cooking These Delicious Kid Friendly Casseroles!
Now it’s your turn to start cooking from this list of 25 kid-friendly casseroles that your whole family will enjoy. Let your kids put in their vote, experiment in the kitchen with you, and gather around nourishing meals together.