Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

03Aug10

If we’re brutally honest, we all crave delicious fried goodies and good old fashioned comfort foods. Even the most wheat-germ swigging, multi-grain munching among us surely stoop now and again.

Enter the tater tot casserole. It’s not native to my childhood, I confess, but the main ingredient is one I have the fondest memories of munching. Over the last few weeks, my search for a flavorful, filling, and diet-friendly recipe for tater tots in any form has been a consuming passion. At last, I developed a recipe that (1) made plenty of room for flavor and (2) made plenty of room for tater tots. Is it the healthiest meal on the earth? You could do better. Is it pure comfort food that won’t ruin your diet when you desperately need that taste of home?  Absolutely.

You can thank me later. Just go start preheating your oven this very second.

Tater Tot Casserole
Serves 2

1/2 lb Extra Lean Ground Turkey
1 tsp Thyme
1 tsp Sage
3 cloves garlic (more or less to taste!)
1 tsp pepper
1 can no-salt-added green beans – drained (couple handfuls of the real thing if you have it)
2 cups broccoli florets (frozen or fresh will work)
1 can reduced-fat Cream of Chicken
1/2 cup water or 4oz chicken broth (optional)
1 oz. finely-grated medium cheddar cheese
27 frozen tater tots (!!!)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toss together ground turkey and spices and cook until browned. Spread the ground turkey evenly on the bottom of your 8×8 or 9×9 square casserole dish. Drain your can of green beans and layer beans evenly atop the ground turkey. Take your broccoli and spread it atop the green beans. Next, pour your can of Cream of Chicken as evenly as possible over the dish. Optional: if you like your casseroles a bit creamier, mix Cream of Chicken with half cup of water thoroughly and pour evenly over dish. Next, sprinkle your cheddar cheese over everything.

And here comes the best part! Take your 27 tater tots and set them in neat rows atop the cheese.

Place casserole on middle rack and cook for 25 minutes–40 minutes if you added water or broth to the Cream of Chicken.

Calorie Breakdown
PER SERVING

1/4 lb extra lean ground turkey [120 calories]
1/2 can green beans [20 calories]
1 cup frozen broccoli florets [30 calories]
1/2 can low-fat Cream of Chicken [88 calories]
1/2 oz medium cheddar cheese [55 calories]
13.5 tater tots (1.5 servings) [240 calories]
TOTAL: 553 calories

Enjoy!

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6 Responses to “Tater Tot Casserole Recipe”

  1. I’m gonna have to try this! We haven’t really ever done tater tot casserole, but this looks good and not a bazillion calories per serving!

    • Serving portions are pretty gosh darn big, too. If you’re not dieting, throw in some asparagus and a salad, and I guarantee you’ll have a square meal that will leave you stuffed.

  2. 3 Becki

    I am totally going to have to try this! I bet you could use homemade cream soup mix and it would be delish and more “natural”.

    Also, I hate to point this out..at least part of me does (the other half wants to gloat), but there is a spelling mistake. It should be “finely grated…” not “finely great…” 😀

    • I have *no* idea what you’re talking about, Becki. >_>

      But yeah, you can substitute fresh and homemade ingredients over the prepared ones if you have the time. Doing so no doubt ups the flavor quotient.

      I, however, am occasionally prone to being lazy. Sometimes the Campbell Soup Company is my best friend. 🙂

  3. 5 Deanne

    Oh yeah, I KNOW the boys would love this and it does look much healthier than the regular version of Tatertot Casserole. Thanks for sharing, as I am always looking for healthy inspiration!

  4. 6 Beth

    This sounds so good! YUM!


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