18 Summer Casserole Recipes to Use Up All Those Leftover Veggies
After a summer spent firing up the grill, we’re excited to gear up for cool-weather cooking with this collection of casseroles. While we’ve perfected transitioning our wardrobes from summer to fall, it’s time to turn our attention to the kitchen. What better way to get pumped for fall than the bubbling no-fuss deliciousness that is a *casserole*? Whether you’re having a cozy weeknight dinner for two or are looking for an easy-to-make dish for brunch with the squad, baked goodness always hits the spot. These 18 casserole recipes are loaded with end-of-summer veggies that are sure to satisfy AND get you excited for the next season.
1. Layered Zucchini Corn Casserole: Summer comes to this casserole in the form of layers of zucchini slices, corn and fresh jalapeños. Plus, don’t forget the crave-able goodness from two types of cheese and a hefty dose of garlic. (via From a Chef’s Kitchen)
2. Hatch Green Chile and Tomato Egg Casserole: Whether you have it for dinner or for brunch, this hearty casserole-meets-strata is the perfect anytime dish. It pairs fresh tomatoes with robust hatch chiles along with cheese and cilantro for an irresistible Southwest flavor profile. Pro tip: new to hatch chiles? They are meaty with a mild-medium heat, so think bell pepper with a punch. (via Cotter Crunch)
3. Chicken Penne Casserole With Corn and Zucchini: We had to include at least one creamy pasta casserole, but you can feel good about going for seconds since it includes plenty of veggies. Plus, that creamy sauce is made with a whole wheat flour white sauce instead of cream. Bonus: All those summer vegetables and whole wheat pasta further boosts this one’s health quotient. (via The Seasoned Mom)4. Tomato Cobbler: This dish had us at “cobbler.” A base of juicy fresh tomatoes (a mix of heirloom and grape varieties) makes this the ultimate late summer casserole. The biscuit topping can hold its own against all that tomatoey goodness too — the dough is flavored with whole grain mustard and thyme. (via Saving Room for Dessert)
5. Roasted Cauliflower, Tomato and Goat Cheese Casserole: Roasting the cauliflower before mixing it into the casserole adds caramelized flavor notes to this dish. The tomato sauce gets a surprise boost from coriander and a pinch of ground cinnamon, along with crushed red pepper for a little heat. (via The Iron You)
6. Zucchini, Bacon and Rice Casserole: Here is your new fave make-ahead casserole! Healthy brown rice and shredded zucchini are at the heart of this dish, while crumbled bacon and shredded cheese give it an indulgent kick too. (via A Treats Affair)
7. Cheesy Baked Zucchini Noodle Casserole: Take your favorite childhood baked pasta dinner, but swap out the spaghetti for zucchini noodles, aka zoodles, and this is what you would have. All the fixings are there — Italian sausage, ricotta cheese and a hearty tomato sauce — but the carbs you are counting are not. (via Simply Recipes)
8. Late Summer Vegetable Tian: Here is a fresh take on a classic French dish that is loaded with vegetables, including plum tomatoes, potatoes and zucchini. The dish is finished off wiith a hefty sprinkling of cheese that turns into a golden brown crust when baked. YUM to the max! (via From a Chef’s Kitchen)
9. Roasted Summer Vegetable and Rice Casserole With Chicken: Go ahead and load up your plate, because this one has the makings of a full meal in one DELISH dish. It also packs in a ton of flavor from roasted zucchini and bell pepper, dijon mustard and a handful of fresh basil that is sprinkled over the top just before serving. (via Cook Like a Champion)
10. Roasted Garlic Ratatouille: You may feel like a bit of a show-off bringing something this gorgeous to the potluck, but all you need is a sharp knife and a good playlist to make it. Hiding under all those summer veggies is a roasted garlic cream sauce that makes this dish a stand-out in the taste department as well. (via The Food Charlatan)
11. Clean Eating Spinach and Artichoke Quinoa Casserole: The classic dip combo takes on dinner like a boss. In this modern variation, protein-loaded quinoa soaks up a light and creamy sauce made with onion, garlic, artichoke hearts, fresh spinach, Parmesan and cheddar cheese. (via ifoodreal)
12. Cherry Tomato, Leek and Spinach Quiche: Here is another one that could seriously rock a brunch side hustle. This egg-based dish is full of hearty greens and leeks. The scattering of cut-side-up tomatoes not only makes for a lovely presentation, but it also allows them to release their moisture and become lightly roasted. (via The Food Charlatan)
13. Brown Rice and Summer Vegetable Casserole With Feta and Black Olives: Don’t those bright red juicy tomatoes with salty olives inspire you to make this one pronto? Us too. The hearty filling is made with rice, zucchini and bell peppers, plus ALL the herbs, so it is perfectly summery and delicious. (via From a Chef’s Kitchen)
14. Zucchini and Tomato Bake: The crunchy and cheesy topping for this one is on point — and so is the easy factor. SRSLY. Everything is tossed together, topped with cheese and buttered panko, then baked. By the time you’ve given yourself a quick mani, dinner is done. (via Southern Bite)
15. Roasted Summer Vegetable Casserole: This is like ratatouille with a bang. The layers of flavor begin with roasted vegetables that are tossed with buttery roasted garlic and a rich tomato sauce. Finally, a handful of parsley adds a bright freshness to finish it off. (via BBC Good Food)
16. Okra and Tomato Casserole: Okra and tomatoes is such a classic Southern combo, so it makes sense that this pair would share starring roles in an end-of-summer casserole. The fresh vegetables are tossed with breadcrumbs along with a hefty pinch of thyme before being covered in a creamy béchamel, then baked until golden. (via Olives & Okra)
17. White Chicken Lasagna With Pesto: If you’ve made more pesto over the last few weeks than you know what to do with, we’re here to help. Take that pesto, along with spinach, chicken, noodles and cheese, and make this. Then invite your squad for dinner, because this one has crowd-pleaser written all over it. (via I Heart Naptime)
18. Caprese Quinoa Bake: Summer game changer right here! If you thought you had had your share of the tomato-basil-mozz combination over the last few months, well, think again. For this bake, the Caprese part is cooked over a bed of quinoa for a surprising and hearty take on the mainstay summer salad. (via Domesticate Me)
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Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)