The 4 Best Casserole Dishes You Need to Eat

Casseroles. How does one describe a casserole? For some, it conjures up the image of mothers placing a big pan of something or other on the table for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. For others, it’s comfort food that is loaded with different ingredients. Even yet, others may not even realize what a casserole is. That’s why we had to do a little digging.

Turns out, casseroles are more than that tuna noodle casserole some of us terrifyingly remember, or maybe it’s that green bean casserole that seems to make its way to the Thanksgiving or Christmas table. Not many people use the word casserole anymore but make no mistake, they still exist – they just go by another name.

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By definition, a casserole is any food that has protein, vegetables, and a binder, like cheese, cooked in a casserole dish or casserole pan then baked in the oven. Think of Shepherd’s pie. Also, think lasagna. Even those au gratin potatoes or dishes such as Moussaka. Yep, all casseroles. Nowadays we call casseroles one-pot or one-pot dishes. Sometimes we drop the word altogether.

We’re not saying let’s bring back the word casserole, but let’s look at some of the best casserole recipes out there.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Rick Bayless Chicken Enchilada Recipe.
Rick Bayless

(by Rick Bayless)

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds (18 to 24 medium) tomatillos, husked and rinsed
  • 1 large fresh poblano chile
  • 1.5 tablespoons vegetable oil or rich-tasting pork lard, plus a little oil for spraying the tortillas
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth, plus a little extra if needed
  • Salt
  • .5 cup Mexican crema, crème fraiche or heavy (whipping) cream
  • About 2 cups coarsely shredded cooked chicken, preferably grilled, roasted, or rotisserie chicken
  • 2/3 cup shredded Jack cheese or Chihuahua cheese
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • A few sliced rounds of white onion, separated into rings, for garnish
  • Fresh cilantro sprigs for garnish
  • .25 cup freshly grated Mexican queso añejo for garnish

Method

  1. The sauce. Roast the tomatillos and chile on a baking sheet 4 inches below a very hot broiler, until they’re darkly roasted (they’ll be blackened in spots), about 6 minutes. Flip everything over and roast the other side— 5 or 6 minutes more will give you splotchy-black and blistered tomatillos and poblanos that are cooked through. Cool. When the chile is cool enough to handle, rub off the blackened skin of the chile, then pull out the stems and seed pod. Tear the chile open and rinse briefly to remove any stray seeds and bits of skin, then roughly chop. Transfer the chiles and tomatillos with their juice to a blender or food processor and blend to a smooth puree.
  2. In a medium-size (4- or 5-quart) pot (preferably a Dutch oven or Mexican cazuela), heat the oil or lard over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring regularly, until golden, about 7 minutes. Raise the heat to medium-high, and, when the pot is noticeably hotter, stir in the tomatillo puree. Cook, stirring, until darker in color and gets thickened to the consistency of tomato paste, 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in the broth, partially cover, and simmer 15 minutes. Taste and season with salt, usually about ½ teaspoon. The sauce should be a slightly soupy consistency — not as thick as spaghetti sauce. If it is too thick, stir in a little additional broth. Keep warm over low heat.
  3. Other preliminaries. Stir the crema (or one of its stand-ins) into the sauce. Put the chicken in a bowl and stir ½ cup of the hot sauce mixture into it. Taste and season with additional salt if you think it needs it. Have the cheese at the ready.
  4. Finishing the enchiladas. Heat the tortillas by spraying with the oil, then sliding them into a microwaveable plastic bag. Fold the top over but don’t seal it. Microwave on high for 1 minute to create a steamy environment around the tortillas and then let them stand 2 to 3 minutes before using. Smear about ¼ cup of the warm sauce over the bottom of 4 to 6 nine-inch individual ovenproof baking/serving dishes or smear about 1 cup of the sauce over the bottom of a 13×9-inch baking dish. Working quickly so the tortillas stay hot and pliable, roll a portion of the chicken into each tortilla, douse evenly with the remaining sauce, then sprinkle on the shredded melting cheese and bake at 400 degrees until the enchiladas are hot through (the cheese will have begun to brown), about 15 minutes.
  5. Garnish with añejo cheese, onion rings, and cilantro sprigs and serve immediately.

Lasagna Casserole

serving of lasagna from delish.
Delish

(by Delish)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb. lasagna noodles
  • 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 lb. ground beef
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 (32-0z.) jars marinara
  • 16 oz. whole milk ricotta
  • .5 cup freshly grated Parmesan, divided
  • .25 cup chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 lb. sliced mozzarella

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta according to package directions until al dente, less 2 minutes. Drain and drizzle a bit of olive oil to prevent noodles from sticking together.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large pot over medium-high heat, heat oil. Cook ground beef until no longer pink, breaking up with a wooden spoon. Remove from heat and drain fat. Return beef to skillet and add garlic and oregano and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper, then add marinara and stir until warmed through.
  3. Combine ricotta, 1/4 cup Parmesan, parsley, and egg in a large mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. In a large casserole dish, evenly spread a quarter of the meat sauce across the bottom of the dish, then top with a single layer of lasagna noodles, a layer of ricotta mixture, a single layer of mozzarella, and a layer of meat sauce. Repeat layers, topping the last layer of noodles with meat sauce, Parmesan, and mozzarella.
  5. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes, then increase temperature to 400º and bake uncovered for 18 to 20 minutes.
  6. Garnish with parsley before serving.

Tater Tot Casserole

tater tot casserole with ketchup.
Vicky Wasik

(by Serious Eats)

Ingredients

For the Mushroom Sauce:

  • 5 cups (570g) button mushrooms, washed, dried, and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons (30ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 sprigs thyme, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2.25 cups (450g) whole milk
  • 1/2 onion (125g), peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves (8g) garlic, smashed
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons (25g) flour

For the Ground Beef:

  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 pound (454g) 90% lean ground beef
  • 1 small (250g) onion, diced
  • 2 cloves (8g) garlic, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon (8g) all-purpose flour
  • .75 cup (180ml) chicken stock, either homemade or low-sodium store-bought
  • .75 cup (100g) frozen or fresh peas
  • .75 cup (100g) frozen or fresh corn kernels
  • .25 cup (30g) chopped parsley
  • .25 cup (30g) chopped chives
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons (10ml) Worcestershire sauce

To Finish:

  • 1 pound (454g) Tater Tots, frozen or homemade
  • Ketchup, for serving

Method

  1. For the Mushroom Sauce: Adjust oven rack to center position and preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). In a large bowl, toss mushrooms with olive oil and 6 sprigs thyme, then season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Spread seasoned mushrooms on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake until deeply browned, about 45 minutes. Discard thyme sprigs and increase oven temperature to 375 degrees F (190°C).
  2. In a medium saucepot, combine roasted mushrooms with 6 remaining thyme sprigs, milk, onion, and garlic and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and steep, covered, for 1 hour. Strain, pressing gently on the solids.
  3. Wipe out pot and return to stovetop. Melt butter over medium heat until foaming subsides, then add flour and mix into a paste. Continue cooking until raw flour smell is gone, about 5 minutes. Whisking constantly, add mushroom-infused milk in a thin, steady stream, or in increments of a couple of tablespoons at a time, whisking thoroughly and getting into all corners of the pot to maintain a homogeneous texture. Sauce will initially become very thick, then get very thin once all milk is added.
  4. Heat, stirring, until sauce comes to a simmer and begins to thicken slightly, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low and cook, stirring, until sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon, about 3 minutes. Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  5. For the Ground Beef: In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add ground beef and break up into crumbles with a whisk or potato masher. Cook until well browned, 5 to 10 minutes. Drain off any excess fat, leaving only about 1 tablespoon (15ml) in skillet along with meat.
  6. Reduce heat to medium, add onion and garlic to ground meat, and cook for about 2 minutes. Add flour and cook an additional minute, until blond. Add chicken stock and simmer until thickened, about 3 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and finish ground beef mixture with peas, corn, parsley, chives, Dijon, and Worcestershire. Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Scrape meat mixture into a 2-quart baking dish.
  8. To Finish: Top meat with mushroom sauce and arrange Tater Tots on top. Bake for 30 minutes, or until Tater Tots are crispy and golden brown. Serve with squiggles of ketchup.

French Toast Casserole

french toast casserole.
The Kitchn

(by The Kitchn)

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 (1-pound) loaf unsliced sourdough, Italian, or French (not baguette) bread
  • 8 large eggs
  • 3 cups half-and-half, or 1 1/2 cups each whole milk and heavy cream
  • .75 cup packed light brown sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • .75 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • .5 teaspoon ground nutmeg, divided
  • 2 ounces chopped nuts (about 1/2 cup), such as pecans or walnuts
  • .25 cup all-purpose flour
  • Warm maple syrup or powdered sugar, for serving
  • Fresh berries, for serving

Method

  1. Soften the butter. Place 4 tablespoons unsalted butter on the counter to soften slightly.
  2. Prepare the baking dish. Coat a 9×13-inch baking dish or other 3-quart baking dish with cooking spray; set aside.
  3. Tear the bread into bite-size pieces. Tear 1 loaf sourdough bread into bite-sized (1 to 2-inch) chunks. Arrange bread in an even layer in the prepared baking dish.
  4. Make the custard. Whisk 8 large eggs, 3 cups half-and-half (or 1 1/2 cups whole milk and 1 1/2 cups heavy cream), 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of the kosher salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of the ground nutmeg together in a large bowl until smooth and combined.
  5. Pour custard over bread and refrigerate. Pour the custard evenly over the bread, then press the bread down slightly into the custard. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight or up to 24 hours. Or to bake right away, let sit for 1 hour at room temperature to give the bread time to absorb the custard.
  6. Mix the dry ingredients for the crumble topping. Toss 2 ounces chopped nuts (about 1/2 cup), 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, remaining 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar, remaining 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt together in a large bowl.
  7. Add the butter to the crumble topping. Add the softened butter, and pinch and squeeze to incorporate the butter into the mixture until it forms moist, small clumps. Cover the crumble topping with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to bake.
  8. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. When ready to bake, arrange a rack in the middle of the oven. Take the casserole out of the refrigerator, uncover, and set aside at room temperature for 30 minutes to take the chill off while the oven heats.
  9. Sprinkle crumble topping over casserole and bake. Sprinkle the crumble topping evenly over the casserole. Bake until the casserole is puffed, golden brown, and set, 45 to 50 minutes.
  10. Cool the casserole. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes before serving. Top with warm maple syrup or powdered sugar, and fresh berries.

RECIPE NOTES

  • Make ahead: The casserole can be assembled and refrigerated up to 24 hours in advance.
  • Storage: The casserole is best when served immediately after baking. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

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80s Movie Cereals You'll Never Eat Again

If breakfast is truly the most important meal of the day (which many believe it is) what makes up that breakfast probably goes a long way towards how your day goes. Without getting into all the various nutritional components that one might want to include, food groups and such, the simplest way to hit a lot of that is through cereal. Some of the ingredients may not be the best but it’s a fast, cheap way to get some sustenance in those early morning hours. Factor into that that most cereals feature interesting things on the boxes (and sometimes even more interesting things to send away for), and suddenly you get more then you’ve bargained for with this eating experience. Most of the people reading this love movies so when a movie component is added to the cereal and, by proxy, the cereal box, that makes the whole experience that much more pleasurable. Think about it, not only can you enjoy a great tasting cereal (check out our Video Game cereals list!), but you can also think about a movie you love while doing it. It’s the best of both worlds, right?

The 1980s was a such a special time for movies because that is when we started to have blockbusters. Sure, there had been big movies before but films like Star Wars ushered in a legacy of blockbusters (many of which were created by two guys with the last names of Spielberg and Lucas) that were perfect to be tie-ins with cereals. These films were made for kids and that demographic was exactly who company’s like Kellogg’s, Ralston, Post and others were hoping to appeal to. So a bunch of cereals were created that were meant to speak to both children and, hopefully, adults. One could simply buy a box of cereal and instantly be a part of their favorite movie. Whether the cereal in question just reminded people what the movie was, or if it featured edible characters or objects that related to the movie in question, breakfast time suddenly became big business time. Now, it shouldn’t surprise anybody that the cereals didn’t have a shelf life beyond their initial run with whatever movie they were tied in with. Movies eventually fade in popularity but everybody wants to eat frosted flakes forever. This probably explains why some movies are tied into cereals with little more than image from the movie emblazoned on the box. So sit back and enjoy learning about “The Best 80s Movie Tie-In Breakfast Cereals You’ll Never Eat Again.”

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Now, this isn’t a list where we list out cereals from the the 1980s that appear in movies. A list like that might actually be never ending. Nor is this a list that is going to get too deep into any of the toys that might’ve come packed with the cereal (although such lists would probably be very welcomed and might already exist). This is a list looking at cereals that were released in the 1980s that coincided with the release of the film they are promoting. Full disclosure… there is one film on this list that comes from the 1990s, but it features imaging that is so iconically 80s that it would’ve been criminal to not include on this list. So, while you might never eat any of these cereals again, enjoy the nostalgia that is inherent in “crunching” your way through the past!

Ghostbusters Cereal

Ghostbusters Cereal

Released in 1985 there were apparently 3 other related cereals that were also released. They were “The Real Ghostbusters” (1987), Ghostbusters II(1989), and “Slimer and the Real Ghostbusters” (1990). The main Ghostbusters did that deal where if you sent in a proof of purchase and $1.50 (a steal by today’s standards) you got a swath of Ghostbusters swag. Some of those items included a “Glow-in-the-Dark” Sign Sticker, An Officer Ghostbuster Membership certificate, a Ghostbuster button, and two sheets of Ghostbuster stickers. This cereal boasted “natural fruit flavors”, “nine essential vitamins”, and “Slimer marshmallows”. Who wouldn’t want to to fill their body with these red and orange circles with the famous Ghostbuster slashes across them first thing in the morning? Apparently, originality wasn’t a top concern of for Ralston, the company behind the cereal. It seems that across all of its incarnations the actual cereal (with the exception of the addition of “Slimer marshmallows”) are exactly the same. So we can look at this a few ways. Either the cereal was so good and so popular that it merited being repurposed across all of those cereals, or the people behind it were just lazy. The cynic in some might just assume that these cereals never sold and that they simply reproduced different boxes to get the actual contents out of the warehouse before the expiration date.

Batman, Batman Returns Cereal

Batman Cereal

Love this cereal or hate it, like a bunch of the boxes on this list, the artwork for the Batman cereal was super cool. It wasn’t anything that amazing but the fact that (with only some variance in which the Caped Crusader was shown) all of us breakfast connoisseurs had to go off of was the title of the movie (which was also released in 1989), the well known Batman logo, and the Kix-like looking breakfast that was crafted to look like the iconic Batman symbol. Even the 30 second commercial spot for this product attempted to shroud this morning meal in mystery. Mixing tense sounding music with images from the film, and a voice over that begins with “The adventure continues…”, we really don’t get much more information about the cereal. Also, I’m not sure about the adventure continuing as the cereal itself doesn’t seem like it was anything to write home about. Shaped like a bat this yellow, honey flavored cereal allowed people to purchase the cereal and then send away for some pretty solid extras. There was the Batman bank, a frisbee, and even comic book tie-ins. When one considers how this film and the genre from which it emanates have only gotten bigger, it seems somewhat surprising that there weren’t more tie-ins to this and other films and TV shows earlier.

C3POs Cereal

C3Pos Cereal

Brought to us by Kellogg’s, this cereal that is shaped like two O’s stuck together (or an 8 depending on how you look at it), had a “crunchy, honey-flavored, oat, wheat and corn” taste according to the cereal box. Also, how could Star Wars fans not like the imaging with such cool photos of C-3PO and Luke Skywalker among others. Made available in 1984 (one year after Star Wars: Return of the Jedi came out), C-3PO voice actor Anthony Daniels even supplied the voice for the commercial that promoted this cereal. (Would something like that happen now? Or, would they just rely on footage from the movie that the cereal was being tied-in with?) There were also tie-ins like Star Wars stickers, masks, and you could even send away for Kenner action figures. The commercial for this cereal was surprisingly well done. Announcing, “A New Force At Breakfast”, viewers were treated to the classic Star Wars music, some brief scenes of C-3PO and somebody being happily served this breakfast, and even a moment where the cereal box shows thrusters and propels itself to the far reaches of the galaxy. For good measure, R2D2 also makes an appearance. It’s very easy to look at a cereal like this and see it as a cash grab. I’m sure that’s probably what it was, however, the marketing seems really on-point, and simply watching this 30 second spot I can remember wanting to eat C-3PO’s and sadly my parents never purchased them. So, while C-3PO’s may have been a new force at breakfast, they were not a new force at my house.

E.T. Cereal

E.T. Cereal

How much simpler can it get than a cereal shaped like E’s and T’s? This peanut butter and chocolate offering from General Mills might’ve been the best tasting cereal on this list. At least for people like myself who like their cereals to be a bit a more on the sweet side. And… have you ever met anybody that doesn’t love Reese’s Peanut Butter cups. Given that everybody’s favorite space alien from 1982 was a lover of Reese’s Pieces, it stands to reason that a cereal based on E.T. would feature a connect of some sort with that candy. It would’ve been really cool if somehow they would’ve included a pack of it in the cereal, though that probably would not have appealed to parents. Still, it might’ve been fun to have done it with coupons or something so that it became a tie-in that users could just send away for. As it stands the only things people could get (if they sent along the requisite UPC symbols) were some stickers, miniatures and a storybook album. The commercial for this cereal tried to capture the feeling of childhood wonder of a space alien actually coming to planet earth. However, instead of E.T. we get a box of cereal descending to our planet via thrusters. Kids are shown enjoying the meal as E.T.’s voice is heard and his light up finger/hand is seen. The box for the cereal shows E.T.’s face, a bowl of E’s and T’s, and the boundless universe behind it. We might not ever eat this particular cereal again, but we can certainly imagine it if we buy some Reese’s Puffs today. In fact, if you eat those and put on E.T., you’ll be pretty much all the way there!

Gremlins Cereal

Gremlins Cereal

Okay, since we’re talking about cereals that we’re never going to eat ever again, it’s fair to say that a cereal called Gremlins does not sound very appetizing. Add to this that the yellow cereal was also shaped liked the little creatures, and it’s not surprising that Ralston has not released a new batch (see what I did there?) since 1984. Everything about this box cover seems foreboding (at least with a 2021 lens put on it). The cereal itself has “9 essential vitamins and minerals”. So far so good, but the fact that a description of what this cereal tastes like was not listed is a bit foreboding. In fact, all it says on the cover is “Sweetened Cereal.” Again, looking at this with a 2021 perspective, I don’t think that simply saying that, and not giving any other context for taste, would pass muster in today’s breakfast world. Especially with how much more health conscious our society appears today, saying anything “sweetened” would probably not pass Ralston marketing scrutiny nowadays. All that said, for the 11 year old version of myself, the things you could mail away for might make eating this cereal worth it. There were a bunch of stickers you could collect. On top of that, there was also a toy version of Gizmo, the film’s star, that could be had for about $10 and 2 proofs of purchase. That’s not that expensive, seems to cover shipping, and would probably sell for at least five times that today. The commercial for this cereal predictably features Gizmo with effects that are lacking (comparatively) to what we saw in the film Gremlins. The main idea of the commercial is that we’re all as “hungry as Gremlins” and that’s why we need to eat the cereal. The actors also wear Gremlin ears and those don’t look as good, from an FX standpoint, as they could’ve. Fun fact, after doing a little bit of research it turns out that the Gremlins cereal tastes like Cap’n Crunch!

Indiana Jones Cereal

Indiana Jones Cereal

Alright, this cereal came out in 2008 to coincide with the release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. So why is it on this list of 80s cereals that we will never eat again if we were eating this one less than two decades ago? Well, if you look at the imaging on the box of Indiana Jones cereal, it features Harrison Ford in the iconic picture and pose of Indiana Jones with the bullwhip raised over his head. Since they harkened back to this 80s image to sell cereal, I felt that including it on this list was appropriate. Let us not forget that in 1981, this movie was originally released as Raiders of the Lost Ark. In 1999, the movie was repackaged on DVD, and in order to keep the titles consistent, the maiden film was retitled as Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Why is all of this important when talking about cereal? Well, since they changed the title, but in promoting the cereal re-used the original image from the first movie, it seems only fitting to bend the rules a bit on this list of cereals we will never eat again, and include the cereal on this list. The cereal itself contained marshmallows (shaped liked skulls) and the taste, according the box, is chocolate (with the main part of the cereal being dark shaped boulder-looking objects). It is said to have natural and artificial flavors, as well as contains Vitamins A and C. Behind the image of Indiana Jones is a map and the cereal itself sits in a chalice-type object with milk bursting out of it. Sadly, this particular cereal didn’t have any tie-ins or cool things to send away for other than an adventure spoon that came in different colors. While this is the only Indiana Jones cereal, there were cross promotions with Cocoa Puffs, Lucky Charms, Fruit Loops, Frosted Flakes, All-Bran, and others.

Jiminy Cricket’s Wishing Stars Cereal

Jiminy Cricket's Wishing Stars Cereal

This cereal didn’t last long even though it had a very popular movie to tie it to. That the film was from the 1940s probably didn’t help how it fared in the breakfast marketplace of the 1980s. This film was none other than Pinocchio and the cereal itself was based around the character of Jiminy Cricket. Before you start scratching your head, it actually makes a lot of sense. Post, the company behind this cereal, had to hitch it to something friendly and cute, otherwise how were they going to entice younger people to eat it? In fact, on the box Jiminy Cricket is featured front and center, holding his red umbrella, and dancing around the cereal. The meal itself is described as “Fruity Sweetened Corn, Oat & Wheat Cereal.” It also claims that it contains “10 Essential Vitamins & Minerals”. As you can guess the cereal was multi-colored and star-shaped. The whole concept of Wishing Stars cereal actually harkens back to the song “When You Wish Upon A Star” (performed in the animated film by Jiminy Cricket via the voice of Cliff Edwards). This is a song that most people know and it seems like Post was counting on “Wishing Stars” to evoke memories of people young and old singing that song. Not many tie-ins for this cereal, however it did offer a seasonal “Stargazer”. This allowed users to find the constellations and, since we have 4 seasons, there were four of them for people to collect.

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Consumers want to eat healthy but price remains a barrier, report says

Dive Quick:

  • Around half of U.S. customers feel that a healthier lifestyle has come to be far more crucial about the past 12 months, according to the 2021 AlixPartners Well being and Wellness Study. Inspite of this uptick, balanced meals and nonfoods are accounting for only 21% of consumers’ wallets in all products groups.

  • Cost was the top barrier to paying for much healthier meals and nonfoods, preferred by 40% of U.S. consumers. This was followed by lack of clarity relating to whether or not one thing is healthful, a absence of availability in merchants, and goods that do not fulfill consumers’ taste or overall performance expectations.

  • The pandemic gave many people extra self esteem about healthful feeding on. But food stuff and beverage CPGs want to move over and above messaging to help superior-for-you achieve its product sales potential.

Dive Insight:

When it arrives to which healthful foods are making the sale with U.S. individuals, breakfast cereals bread and baked goods dried fruit, nuts, and bars and fresh meat, meat choices and seafood led in share of wallet, in accordance to the AlixPartners survey. 

Plant-dependent protein observed a unique boost during the pandemic as shortages of regular meat led buyers to experiment with alternate options.

A couple of segments also clearly show guarantee. Chilled and frozen foodstuff are looking at some of the strongest need for far better-for-you choices. This is as demand from customers for frozen foods over-all has soared throughout the pandemic. Around 50 % of U.S. people (49%) experience there is a absence of healthful frozen “Tv set dinner” choices. Manufacturers which include Nestlé, B&G Foodstuff, Conagra and Common Mills have been updating packaging and introducing new frozen goods that incorporate a lot more top quality and plant-primarily based substances to focus on altering shopper preferences. 

Customers are also in look for of a lot more healthful selections in classic salty snacks (47%), bread and baked products (44%), confectionery (41%) and breakfast cereals (39%).

But consumers also identified suffering factors in shopping for more healthy options in some segments. For dairy and dairy-free merchandise and eggs, 45% of U.S. customers explained the products and solutions were being far too costly. For frozen and chilled completely ready foods and confectionary, much more than a 3rd cited unsatisfactory style and effectiveness as a key barrier to obtain. 

David Garfield, world wide leader of AlixPartners’ client goods observe, proposed that people nonetheless see healthier foodstuff as specialized niche. To get over this, brand names want to make health and wellness a central element of their worth proposition.

“Brands that prosper will be all those who devote major sources to making this shift, with a distinct concentrate on driving innovation and price, and with a clear and genuine approach to health and fitness and wellness issues. Individuals are ever more notify to ‘health washing’ and assume to be equipped to acquire items that have it all,” Garfield claimed in a statement.

With price currently being the top impediment for most shoppers when it will come to increasing nutritious having purchases, manufacturers are faced with both trimming their margins or forgoing much more industry share. This is at a time when inflationary pressures are triggering price will increase throughout the broader food items and beverage area.

Poor taste and functionality may possibly be an a lot easier prospect to seize client interest if foods brands can arrive up with healthy reformulations that are both of those gratifying and appetizing. 

Some categories may possibly always wrestle with the market mentality, however. Even though there was need for wholesome confectionery options amid 41% of U.S. buyers in AlixPartners’ survey, 39% observed no will need for them, associating the category with treats and pleasure. 

5 things to eat and drink in Boston right now

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Sweet Tree Creamery
Sweet Tree Creamery. Jenna Skutnik

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1. Think about these 2 new ice product solutions for your subsequent dessert operate

Not that we essential a cause to take in far more ice cream, but in this article are two very excellent ones: Cloud Creamery and Sweet Tree Creamery. The former, a cannabis-infused ice product and sorbet manufacturer primarily based in Framingham, released its debut flavors — Tanzanian vanilla, mango yuzu sorbet, and dark chocolate truffle — in early June. Ideal now you can uncover the extremely-creamy lineup at Caroline’s Hashish, Bud’s Products, and Western Front, with a lot more dispensaries on the way (that mango yuzu sorbet seems amazing). Not into edibles? If you’re a big FoMu fan like I am, you are going to want to increase Sweet Tree Creamery to your checklist. FoMu founder Deena Jalal established this new, dairy-absolutely free manufacturer in partnership with New England Ice Cream, and not too long ago launched with vintage flavors like vanilla bean, dark chocolate, chocolate chip cookie dough, and chocolate peanut butter swirl. It is presently readily available in just a handful of dining establishments and scoop retailers, including Daddy’s Dairy in Braintree, Hough Lots of Scoops in Quincy, Shawarma and Shakes in East Weymouth, and Soc’s Ice Cream in Saugus.

I know the go-to move at Perillas is the bibimbap bowl, but listen to me out: The rapidly relaxed Korean spot is throwing a grand opening get together at their new Brighton area this weekend, and the samgyupsal pork stomach bowl is wherever it is at. Cease by the celebratory shindig on Saturday starting at 11:30 a.m. to get the bowl, snag a Honeycomb Creamery ice product taco, and enter a raffle to get prizes (like a new Playstation 5). Music! Foodstuff! Ice product! Seems like a good Saturday afternoon.

Pride Thirty day period is very well underway, and there are a slew of restaurants and breweries that are still presenting dishes and events benefitting LGBTQ companies. Here’s one more one to insert to your list: Sweet Cheeks Q’s Satisfaction Cake, a technicolor slice from Large Heart Hospitality’s Dee Steffen Chinn. It has tons of frosting. It has sweet rainbows and hearts. How could you not take in it and smile? Reward: A part of the proceeds will profit Bagly, the Boston Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth.

I know you may already have a favorite ramen location, but it is fantastic to set your standby to the take a look at occasionally. Enter WakuWaku, which opened in Chinatown previously this month. You can come across the ramen purveyor at 2 Tyler St., in which it delivers a handful of ramen alternatives (while regrettably not tsukemen, which is possibly my favored way to take in ramen). There is a signature WakuWaku bowl with spicy, sesame-flavored pork broth yuzu shio ramen and mazemen, a soupless ramen with poached egg. Ramen with no soup? But why? This could alter your mind.

There are plenty of ways to honor Juneteenth this weekend, from browsing a Black-owned restaurant to catching the MFA’s screening of “Summer of Soul” on Saturday. How about raising a glass? At MIDA, Douglass Williams’s Italian restaurant in the South Finish, a blueberry whiskey smash characteristics the 1884 tiny batch whiskey from Uncle Closest, a distinguished Black-owned distillery dependent out of Tennessee. By means of Sunday, MIDA will donate all of the cocktail’s proceeds to Rosie’s Put, a women’s shelter on Harrison Ave.

This Is What Happens When You Eat Breakfast Cereal

Breakfast has a name for staying labeled “the most significant meal of the day,” and if you can find a person food that is a morning staple, it truly is breakfast cereal. A bowl of chilly cereal is fast and straightforward to make, as it just requirements two elements, and it does have a kind of nostalgic attraction to it. But what precisely is occurring to your physique as you eat that bowl of breakfast cereal? Very well, it truly is not as innocent as you might consider.

Right before you decide to turn on some Saturday early morning cartoons and down a enormous bowl of breakfast cereal for previous time’s sake, we made a decision to do the analysis and uncovered what feeding on breakfast cereal can do to your general health and fitness. And if you happen to be actually seeking to make the very best meal alternatives, listed here are The 7 Healthiest Foods to Try to eat Suitable Now.

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It’s no top secret that tons of cereals are in fact sugar bombs, as they are loaded up with that pesky additional sugar. If you come about to consume this variety of breakfast cereal, your blood sugar levels will increase, just to then promptly crash not also very long just after. And this poor news for your heart, as a study revealed in the journal Open Coronary heart found that sugar use could just be even worse for your ticker than salt! See, as well significantly sugar also sales opportunities to better insulin amounts, which can lead to amplified blood strain.

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Most common breakfast cereals are examples of processed food items, and processed foods have a tendency to have a higher glycemic index. These forms of foods have been linked to improved starvation and overeating. And that’s not all. Breakfast cereals (the wrong sorts, at the very least!) are generally devoid of fiber, and this vital nutrient is essential, as it keeps you full and contented. Not prolonged just after you have this food, you can be in the kitchen yet again. This leads us to…

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Granted, you are not going to immediately see 5 pounds added on to your human body right after a single bowl of breakfast cereal. But if this is what you might be consuming just about every working day, then you could start off to pack on the pounds or wrestle to get rid of pounds if that is your objective. Not only will you try to eat a lot more as you’re unsatisfied, but you’ll possible conclusion up craving extra of the stuff (thanks to all that sugar), and the cycle of feeding on “junk” food items proceeds.

And just so you know, in this article are the science-backed way to control your sweet tooth in 14 times.

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If your breakfast cereal of alternative is a sugary solution, then you are loading up on the sweet stuff and missing out on vitamins and minerals. This can be tough on your brain. Certainly, you read through that proper! Sugar genuinely has a great deal of downsides, and that features impacting your memory techniques. Your sugar and insulin amounts are rising and crashing, which a person study identified can direct to a diminished memory. Not the best way to kickstart your working day, after all.

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It is really not all doom and gloom, nevertheless. There is also sizzling breakfast cereal to take into account, these as porridge. Porridge is a total grain and one particular examine found that a diet plan abundant in complete grains is linked with a reduce hazard of creating cardiovascular sickness, form 2 diabetic issues, metabolic syndrome, and general, you could live longer.

So as extensive as you’re deciding upon to take in a breakfast cereal that is free of charge of added sugar and however loaded with fiber and entire grains, then you happen to be on the suitable track!