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Boy oh boy – do I have a delicious recipe to share!


The star of dinner was Pineapple Casserole.  Although it’s not the healthiest dish, it would be a great meal to bring to a potluck!  You could probably make it a little healthier by halving the butter and reducing the sugar.


My mom got the recipe from a friend.  Here it is!


Pineapple Casserole




  • 1/2 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple (drained; save the juice)
  • 1 20 oz. can of chunky pineapple (drained; save the juice)
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups crumbled Ritz crackers (1 whole sleeve)
  • 1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)




  • Drain pineapples, reserving 6 tablespoons of juice.
  • Combine juice, flour and sugar to make a paste.
  • Stir in pineapples and cheese.
  • Pour mixture in a shallow casserole dish (this recipe makes a 9 X 9 dish)
  • Toss cracker crumbs with the melted butter and spoon over the pineapple.
  • Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.


I had a side of the Pineapple Casserole with the rest of dinner.


I had a serving of baked tofu (marinated in mustard, honey, soy sauce, and sesame seeds), green beans, two tomatoes, and 1/2 cup brown rice.


Dessert was a little piece of chocolate:


And earlier this afternoon, I had a Oh She Glows barAngela is really onto something with these granola bars… you will see them in every grocery store in North America someday soon, I think!  This flavor is particularly awesome.


My mom and I are going to snuggle together on the couch and watch a movie!  I’m setting my alarm extremely early in hopes that I’ll be able to get some writing down…. I keep getting bogged down with other (important) tasks – like the Healthy Living Summit!  We hope to be able to reveal the date + location soon!  🙂


What’s your favorite potluck dish?



  • Evan Thomas February 1, 2010, 9:26 pm

    My friends mother always made these jewish meat balls with matzah, soy sauce, and brown sugar. They were so sweet and savory that I always loaded my plate with them at potlucks

  • Meghan@traveleatlove February 1, 2010, 9:26 pm

    I like to make spicy veggie meatballs in the slow cooker. They are always a hit, and they are easy to transport and keep warm!

  • meg c. February 1, 2010, 9:27 pm

    how about HLS: Bermuda? haha

  • Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN February 1, 2010, 9:33 pm

    My husbands aunt makes that very same pineapple dish and I have to agree with you that it’s quite amazing! Enjoy your time with your momma. 🙂

  • Annabananabomb February 1, 2010, 9:36 pm

    I thought the casserole WAS dessert! hehe

    I love sausage rolls at pot luck mmmm

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) February 1, 2010, 9:39 pm

    I’m really excited about the Healthy Living Summit 😀

    That pineapple casserole sounds so unique! I’d probably love it

  • Megan February 1, 2010, 9:40 pm

    what a weird combo – pineapple and cheese!?! i’m gonna have to try it 🙂

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite February 1, 2010, 9:41 pm

    What a delicious looking casserole! Anything with Ritz Crackers in the recipe has got to be good!

  • gina (fitnessista) February 1, 2010, 9:42 pm

    that pineapple dish sounds pretty glorious… the pilot would be all over that
    zumba class at the hls weekend?? i’m just sayin 😉

  • Karla February 1, 2010, 9:44 pm

    That’s an interesting dish! I’m sure it would be a hit at a pot luck!
    I’m dying to try Glo Bars! They sound soooo good!

  • Karissa @ CardioFoodie February 1, 2010, 9:45 pm

    That pineapple dish sounds so unique, I might have to give it a try sometime. One of my favorite potluck dishes is little smokies wrapped with turkey bacon, sprinkled with brown sugar, and baked.

  • Run Sarah February 1, 2010, 9:45 pm

    Yum, that casserole sounds awesome!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 1, 2010, 9:48 pm

    Yum!!! That casserole sounds like dessert!

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad February 1, 2010, 9:49 pm

    Wow, that pineapple casserole does sound great! Can’t wait to hear about The Summit.

  • Sarah (Shep) February 1, 2010, 9:49 pm

    such anticipation for the HLS revealllll

  • Nicci February 1, 2010, 9:53 pm

    Holy yum…This sounds like a great little recipe. I think it would be great as a dessert too.

  • Lee February 1, 2010, 9:53 pm

    I’m not sure how I feel about the pineapple cheese combo. It sounds really good without the cheese though.

  • Matt February 1, 2010, 9:54 pm

    Mac and cheese is usually good at a pot luck!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner? February 1, 2010, 9:56 pm

    I always bring buffalo chicken dip… its SO good! I’m not sure about the pineapple/cheese thing either. Sounds kinda weird!

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner February 1, 2010, 9:56 pm

    A big tray of eggplant parm is always a success!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) February 1, 2010, 9:59 pm

    really anything with cheese and potatoes…mmmmmmmmmm 🙂

  • Jamie February 1, 2010, 10:06 pm

    what movie are you watching? and my favorite potluck dish is mexi dip! layers of salsa, cheese, sour cream, beans.. so bad for you but so delicious!

    • caitlin February 1, 2010, 11:24 pm

      the door in the floor… it was weird.

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 1, 2010, 10:09 pm

    I usually bring something easy like an inventive dip or pasta salad. Something easy to make in large quantities.

  • Lindsay February 1, 2010, 10:09 pm

    Sounds like an amazing dish and I am watching a movie with my mom too… it is my favorite time of the day!! I cant wait till I hear where HLS is!! 🙂

  • Brie (The Fit Bride) February 1, 2010, 10:09 pm

    My aunt makes an awesome pineapple casserole, too, but I think her recipe involves Jiffy corn muffin mix and sour cream. Sounds gross, but it’s delicious.

  • ari February 1, 2010, 10:33 pm

    hahahaah two tomatoes. i love it.

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries February 1, 2010, 10:40 pm

    ooooooomg that looks amazing! you had me at Ritz crackers….

  • andrea February 1, 2010, 10:41 pm

    I was going to buy some of those bars but they are super high in cals and fat for a snack, are they a meal replacement bar? Is tofu good, how does it taste I’m kinda scared to try it. Love your blog.

    • caitlin February 1, 2010, 11:25 pm

      they are only 230 calories? i guess i still that as a normal snack for someone who is active. you could split them in half if you wanted, i suppose.

      • Angela February 1, 2010, 11:49 pm

        Andrea, They are an energy bar..most of the bars are around 200 calories. I woud not us them as a meal replacement as they don’t have near enough calories t replace a meal. The fat comes from the nuts and is healthy omega fats. Hope this helps! :


        • Angela February 1, 2010, 11:50 pm

          whoops sorry for the typos my keyboard is broken and typing is a nightmare right now 🙂

  • Jenna February 1, 2010, 10:49 pm

    Pineapple casserole sounds interesting!
    Can’t wait to hear about HLS!!

  • Michelle February 1, 2010, 10:50 pm

    Cheese and pineapple together? Really? I would never think og that.

  • Amber K February 1, 2010, 10:55 pm

    I love making a great black bean salad/casserole for potlucks.

    The pineapple casserole sounds absolutely unappealing to me, but I don’t like any fruits in savory dishes.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 1, 2010, 10:56 pm

    AHHHH!!! I can’t wait ’til you reveal the HLS 411. Please, pretty please, make a huge announcement so I am sure to catch it =)

  • Kate February 1, 2010, 11:00 pm

    My favorite pot luck dish is an easy smores combo. You take a box of Golden Grahams cereal, bag of mini marshmallows and a bag of chocolate chips…mix it all up and enjoy! Super easy and delicious.

  • Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep February 1, 2010, 11:13 pm

    That casserole looks delicious! I’m gonna have to make it sometime soon!

    I can’t wait to hear more about the Summit. I’d love to be there!

  • Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. February 1, 2010, 11:14 pm

    I’m not sure how I feel about the pineapple cassarole. I feel like pineapple is supposed to be dessert not main dish. Hmmmm. Now I’m craving Ritz crackers.

  • Sagan February 1, 2010, 11:49 pm

    S’MORES flavour? I gotta try me one of those 😀

    That casserole sounds so unusual. Neat thing to try out!

  • Angela February 1, 2010, 11:49 pm

    *bashful smile* So happy you like the bars!

  • Anne @thefitbridesmaid February 1, 2010, 11:50 pm

    My go-to is usually dessert. I love baking. And then I can make it healthier if I’d like to.

  • Theorist February 2, 2010, 12:09 am

    I have some standards: veggie chili, fruit pizza, and spinach balls. Yum yum yum!

  • Leo @ cupcakes in Paris February 2, 2010, 12:52 am

    Lasagna on a cold winter day!
    In the summer, I usually bring a giant salad made with baby spinach, avocado, bell peppers, red onion (optional), baby carrots, peaches, and fresh goat.

  • Jaclyn February 2, 2010, 12:55 am

    WOw, I’ve never seen anything like this;
    pineapple and cheese? why not 😉

  • Goldie February 2, 2010, 3:59 am

    nothing beats time with mum. I absolutely love it. I got to see mine last night. nothing beats mama cuddles.

  • Freya @ February 2, 2010, 4:42 am

    I’m not sure what a potluck dish is 😛 maybe that’s an American phrase?
    The pineapple casserole sounds like a dessert! A tasty one at that though, I loovvvve pineapple 🙂
    And the marinade for your tofu sounds SO good, I think Mi might do something like that for my lunch today 😀
    Have a good evening!

    • caitlin February 2, 2010, 8:45 am

      Potluck is a party when everyone brings a dish (like a casserole) and then you put them all out on a big, long table and everyone tries everyone else’s dish! it’s fun.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 2, 2010, 6:49 am

    That pineapple casserole sounds so good!!

  • alexe @ soyaetchocolat February 2, 2010, 6:51 am

    I’m always in charge of dessert! Cheesecake, brownies, apple crumble, pies, muffins, you name it, I bake it! 🙂

  • Laura Georgina February 2, 2010, 8:09 am

    That pineapple casserole looks awesome! I once made a fruity casserole with apple and it was ok, but this looks MUCH better. Must try…

    I always make my mom’s cassava in garlic vinaigrette for potlucks. The cassava boils while I make the dressing and it tastes even better after sitting for a while, so I can make it a day or two ahead.

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) February 2, 2010, 8:20 am

    do you work PR for angela’s bars as well?! 🙂 Tee hee. I love homemade cooking and the fact that your mom is making vegetarian meals for you! Did you already post a pic up of you both?

    • caitlin February 2, 2010, 8:46 am

      My mom is a vegetarian, too, actually! I converted her by telling her stories about factory farms. LOL. I will get a picture of us today! 🙂

  • Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 2, 2010, 8:40 am

    My aunt makes something really similar to this for holidays and it is so addictive- I think she uses even MORE sugar. I like the cocktail weenies at potlucks 😛 – it’s the only place I ever have them!

  • keri February 2, 2010, 8:48 am

    oatmeal cookie fruit pizza or whole wheat veggie pizza (the one w/ raw veggies) are my faves b/c they’re usually the only healthy thing there!:)

  • Jenn ( February 2, 2010, 8:53 am

    That pineapple casserole looks amazing! I wish Glo bars were sold in stores, I can’t find any decent granola bars. They all seem to have at least one or two+ unappealing ingredients, like soy protein isolates. Sighhh


  • Alexandra February 2, 2010, 8:54 am

    Hahaha, I always cuddle with my mom on my couch!

    Anything with pineapple is a-mazing !

  • Caitlin February 2, 2010, 9:32 am

    oh my goodness your mom is just adorable! That pineapple casserole looks really interesting as well!

    I also want to try an OSG bar so bad but shipping is so expensive 🙁

  • Rachel @ Working Out Wellness February 2, 2010, 9:41 am

    I have NEVER heard of pineapple casserole, and, I have to say, I don’t like the sound of it, haha. I’d be up for trying it, because it looks good, but pineapple and casserole just don’t sound like they should go together.

  • Miriam February 2, 2010, 10:45 am

    Quesadillas (full of vegetables, black beans and cheese on whole wheat) or a complete salad (again full of godness : vegetableS, legume & cereal…), I like to make the “mexican” salad : black beans, corn & vegetables (all the left veggies in your house will works!), simple and always a hit!

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story February 2, 2010, 12:00 pm

    I love making this pizza dip that I have in an old recipe book and I make homemade crostini to go with it. It’s got ricotta, mozerella and pepperoni in it! So, so, good! I usually reduce the calories by using reduced fat cheeses and turkey pepperoni. You could omit the pepperoni completley though and it would still be fantastic! Who doesn’t love ooey gooey cheese? 🙂

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 2, 2010, 12:06 pm

    Mm that sounds good. My MIL makes something similar- scalloped pineapples- that I thought sounded so strange, but immediately changed my mind when I tasted it 🙂

  • Katharine February 2, 2010, 12:24 pm

    That casserole looks delicious – pineapple is my favorite fruit so I’ll definitely have to try it! I’m so jealous of the time you can spend with your mom, how special! (And I can’t wait to hear where/when the Healthy Living Summit is.:))

  • Nicole, MS, RD, LD February 2, 2010, 12:27 pm

    I am totally making that recipe stat! Thank you!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 2, 2010, 12:53 pm

    Pineapple casserole is a tradition in my family. It is SO good… so bad but so good at the same time. I think it’s a southern thing. It sounds like such a wierd combo of ingredients but it really works.
    My favorite pot luck dish is mac and cheese!

  • Jolene ( February 2, 2010, 1:34 pm

    I like to bring perogies to a potluck, because they are always a HUGE hit.

  • christi February 2, 2010, 5:49 pm

    that looks delish! thanks for sharing the recipe.

  • swimsutra February 2, 2010, 9:32 pm

    My favorite potluck dish is definitely mac&cheese, the baked in the oven kind. So amazingly delicious… yum.

  • Carrie H February 3, 2010, 10:47 am

    Caitlin, where are you? I don’t seen any new comments or a new post since Monday. Just hoping you’re okay!

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