This June 9 photo shows easy overnight ham and cheese casserole in Concord, N.H. Photo by: AP Photo/Matthew Mead
August 6, 2014 10:29:24 AM
Those first few weeks when the kids head back to school can be among the most hectic for families. The lazy days of summer quickly give way to crazy schedules, homework and afterschool activities. And don't forget somehow managing to slip dinner into the middle of all that.
This is why a do-ahead dinner can be a lifesaver as families get accustomed to their new routines. So we created this easy, kid-friendly ham and cheese casserole that can be prepped and refrigerated the night before, then just popped in the oven the next evening.
And here's another bonus -- the leftovers make a great breakfast the next day, too.
EASY OVERNIGHT HAM AND CHEESE CASSEROLE
Start to finish: 1 hour 20 minutes (20 minutes active)
Makes 12 servings
10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup light mayonnaise
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
20-ounce ham steak, diced
3 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
2 medium carrots, grated
2 medium turnips, grated
20-ounce package refrigerated shredded potatoes
Nutrition information per serving: 380 calories; 180 calories from fat (47 percent of total calories); 20 g fat (8 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 120 mg cholesterol; 25 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 23 g protein; 1,090 mg sodium.