Friday recipe: Zesty broccoli casserole

0607p152_broccoli-lMy new favorite source for healthy recipes is Cooking Light. This Zesty Broccoli Casserole is going on my list of dishes for Christmas dinner. Even if you’re not a big fan of broccoli, who can resist a cheesy casserole?

I’ve also added this recipe for Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies to my must-try list.

What’s your favorite holiday baking recipe?

Zesty Broccoli Casserole

Yield: 10 servings (serving size: about 3/4 cup)


3  (10-ounce) packages frozen broccoli florets, thawed
1 1/2  cups  fat-free milk
2 1/2  tablespoons  all-purpose flour
1/2  teaspoon  salt
1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
3/4  cup  (3 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2  cup  (4 ounces) fat-free cream cheese, softened
1  cup  fat-free mayonnaise
3/4  cup  chopped onion (about 1/2 medium)
1  (8-ounce) can water chestnuts, rinsed, drained, and sliced
3/4  cup  panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
2  teaspoons  butter, melted


Preheat oven to 375°.

Arrange broccoli in an even layer in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray; set aside.

Combine milk, flour, salt, and pepper in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute or until thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Add cheddar and cream cheeses; stir until smooth. Stir in mayonnaise, onion, and water chestnuts. Spoon cheese mixture evenly over broccoli.

Place panko in a small bowl. Drizzle with butter, and toss. Sprinkle breadcrumb mixture evenly over cheese mixture. Lightly spray breadcrumb layer with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until mixture begins to bubble and breadcrumbs brown.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 141 (31% from fat); Fat: 4.9g (sat 2.6g,mono 1.3g,poly 0.7g); Protein: 8.6g; Carbohydrate: 17.9g; Fiber: 4.1g; Cholesterol: 15mg; Iron: 1mg; Sodium:484mg; Calcium: 173mg

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