|Good as Grandma's Broccoli and Biscuit Casserole|
What, exactly, is a casserole?
a kind of stew or side dish that is cooked slowly in an oven.
"a chicken casserole"
Hmmm...that doesn't really help, does it?
And YET, if we/I/you all conjure images of a casserole, I'd wager they're all relatively similar. Casseroles are about as American and as comfort food as it gets, and most of us have a casserole or two engrained in our memory (for better or worse) from childhood. They're single pot, its-evening-and-my-brain-is-friend, maybe sneak in some veggies, EASY. I understand and take advantage of their appeal in my own kitchen, especially in these chillier months.
The only drag about traditional casseroles is the inevitable "cream of—" ingredient. Gooey and congealed in all the wrong ways, packed with sodium and preservatives..."creams of" are a health-foodie's nightmare. And you don't actually need them to create the texture and flavor you're going for in a casserole.
Case in point: this Good as Grandma's Broccoli and Biscuit Casserole. When I concocted this recipe, I didn't have specific dietary requirements in mind. It's not vegan or gluten-free, but it can be either/both of those things. It's just healthy. Made with high-quality, nutrient-dense whole foods, this dish is as nourishing as it is delicious. I replace the chilling "creams of" with a sauce made out of pureed squash, which sneaks in extra veggies as well. One serving will target all of your nutritional needs in a meal, without the fuss of side items.
As Nashville has started to catch up with the North East in the weather department, dishes like this casserole are a warm and welcome friend, and I enjoyed it to the very last floret! The absolutely best part of this dish is the almond flour biscuits on top...so much so, that they will be getting a separate post soon. The key to a perfect bite of casserole is a piece of biscuit plus a spoonful of the broccoli mixture.
I hope you love this as much as I did. This is also a great "transitional" recipe if you're trying for a healthier start to the new year, as it will remind you of some unhealthier, higher calorie dishes that you might already be missing!