Healthy Kid Friendly Recipes: Tater Tot Casserole, Hot Dog Casserole

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Cooking for a crowd can be a bit of a challenge -- you want to make something delicious that everyone will enjoy, keep it from being super-fattening, and avoid spending hours in the kitchen. Luckily for you, we LOVE solving problems... Read on!

Not-Your-Mom's Tater Tot Casserole

PER SERVING (1/6th of casserole, about 1 cup): 273 calories, 7.5g fat, 880mg sodium, 35.5g carbs, 8g fiber, 5.5g sugars, 15.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 7*

This recipe is packed with so many delicious items, and it's crazy-easy to make! Plus, who doesn't love Tater Tots?!

2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 cup chopped onion
3 cups frozen chopped spinach
2 cups frozen bite-sized mixed veggies
2 cups frozen ground-beef-style soy crumbles (like the kind by Boca or MorningStar Farms)
1 cup frozen shelled edamame
1 tsp. chopped garlic
One 10.75-oz. can 98% fat-free cream of mushroom condensed soup
36 frozen Ore-Ida Tater Tots (about 3 cups)
Optional: salt, black pepper
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Bring a skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat on the stove. Add mushrooms and onion. Stirring occasionally, cook until softened, about 6 minutes. Set aside.

Meanwhile, place frozen spinach, mixed veggies, soy crumbles, and edamame in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover and microwave for 5 minutes. Uncover and stir. Cover and microwave for 3 more minutes, or until thawed.

Once cool enough to handle, drain any excess water from the bowl. Add mushroom-onion mixture and garlic, and mix well. Add condensed soup, and toss until ingredients are thoroughly coated.

Spray an 8" X 8" baking pan with nonstick spray, and evenly spoon mixture into the pan, smoothing the surface with the back of a spoon. Evenly lay Tater Tots on top in a single layer.

Bake in the oven until entire casserole is hot and the top is crispy, about 35 minutes. Serve it up and, if you like, season to taste with salt and pepper!


Loaded Hot Dog Casserole

PER SERVING (1/6th of casserole, about 1 1/2 cups): 179 calories, 2.5g fat, 806mg sodium, 24g carbs, 2g fiber, 6.5g sugars, 16g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*

All the flavor -- and fixins -- of a well-dressed hot dog, without the need for a million napkins...

1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced into 2-inch strips
1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced into 2-inch strips
1 onion, sliced into 2-inch strips
7 hot dogs with about 40 calories and 1g fat or less each (like Hebrew National 97% Fat Free), cut into coins
4 hot dog buns, torn into pieces
1 1/2 cups fat-free liquid egg substitute (like Egg Beaters Original)
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Optional toppings: yellow mustard, ketchup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to high heat on the stove. Add peppers and onion. Stirring occasionally, cook until slightly blackened and softened, 8 - 10 minutes.

Transfer veggies to a large bowl and set aside. Spray an 8" X 8" baking pan with nonstick spray and set that aside as well.

To the large bowl, add all remaining ingredients except optional toppings. Stir well, making sure the bun pieces are saturated with egg substitute.

Pour mixture into the baking pan. Bake in the oven until firm and cooked through, 35 - 40 minutes.

If you like, drizzle with mustard and ketchup. Mmmmmm!!!


"Let's Go Crowd Serving!" Recipe Roundup

We've got some more dinner dishes to feed that hungry mob...

Just Veggin' Pizza - Because sometimes, the hungry mob wants pizza. This one is big AND full of veggies! 

HG's Hot Tamale Pie
- Uh, no, there isn't any Hot Tamales candy in this zesty and savory dish.

10-Alarm Turkey Chili and Very VERY Veggie Stew - Two slow-cooker dishes sure to satisfy some serious appetites...

Creamy Pumpkin Faux-sotto and Fajita-rific Beef Stew - Yes, we frequently eat this risotto as a main course; it's filling! The beef stew rocks too.

Super-Cheesy Crazy-EZ Shepherd's Pie - If you need to feed a bunch of people without spending tons of time in the kitchen, make this!


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