Casserole Smarts

If the word casserole makes you think of those ghastly concoctions from your childhood, think again.
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If the word casserole makes you think of those ghastly concoctions from your childhood—layers of mealy starches, gloppy canned soups and crunchy toppings of corn flakes or cracker crumbs—think again. Just as we’ve grown up, so have casseroles. Today there are many exciting variations on the old Saturday-night standbys that serve up delicious flavor along with wholesome ingredients.

Here we debut five delectable recipes that follow guidelines set by the American Heart Association: limit the total fat in your diet to less than 30 percent of total calories, and saturated fat to less than 10 percent of total calories; eat less than 2,400 mg. of salt or sodium daily; and cook food using healthy techniques, such as steaming, baking and broiling.

These may not be the rich, heavy casseroles of yesterday, but these lighter, nutritious versions will do your heart good.