We don’t eat a lot of red meat in our household, but one of our favourite, easy dishes is my lightened up cheeseburger casserole. We just spent 10 days at the cottage and one of our favourite rituals is ending the day together on the boat watching the sunset (check out our view here and here with lots of bonus pictures and stories on Instagram). Evenings are already starting to get chilly and the sun is setting half an hour earlier than it did in July, so it was time to break out a grill alternative and start making my lightened up cheeseburger casserole again!

After putting Buster on an elimination diet where he can only eat kangaroo protein for 30 days (we’re halfway there!), we learned that he is allergic to beef, liver and all dairy products. So while Buster is pictured with me and the casserole, he was definitely not allowed to have any. We’re so happy that his allergies have cleared up and he’s feeling better on his new food, which we have decided to stick with since it’s agreeing with him so well. Sometimes getting a second opinion is all it takes! Do you or your furbabies have any allergies?

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Easy Casserole Ideas

This lightened up cheeseburger casserole is:

Popular with kids and adults alike
A great way to sneak in vegetables (we have an abundance of massive zucchinis from our organic vegetable garden, and they made their way in!)
Easy to customize (you don’t have to use extra lean ground beef!) 

What’s your favourite casserole?

Lightened up cheeseburger casserole

This delicious lightened up cheeseburger casserole tastes exactly like the perfect burger without the grill! It’s an easy weeknight dish that freezes well and will provide lunch the next day.

This casserole serves 6 and goes well with a garden salad.

Easy Cheeseburger Casserole



  1. Prepare your brown rice pasta according to package directions
  2. Brown your extra lean ground beef (or extra lean meat of choice) in a frying pan using a high heat oil, such as avocado or grapeseed oil
  3. Season your meat with the garlic powder (or minced garlic) and paprika
  4. Add the organic tomato paste, diced onion, zucchini and tomato to your mixture, stirring until it gets thick and bubbly
  5. Combine your meat mixture with the cooked brown rice pasta, top with the grated cheese and diced pickles, and bake for about 20 minutes at 350º

Lightened up cheeseburger casserole

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