Times are busy. We all have places to go and things to do. I know I’m not the only one crunched for time, feeling overwhelmed by trying to keep up with all I have to do. It is during these times that I want some go to recipes that will make my life easier. They have to be simple, quick and frugal to make my 25 Casseroles for Busy Families on Busy Days.
They aren’t my favorite things to make, but when feeding a crowd they go further and use the least amount of food. I can make a casserole and a salad and feed my entire family. The best part is that they are easy to toss together and bake. I’ve thrown mine together in the morning and let it sit in the refrigerator all day so it is ready to bake in the evening.
Casseroles are also easy to double. I’ve done this several times and given to another family who needs a meal. This makes giving to others easy and more realistic for me to do more often.
Casseroles aren’t healthy
I can’t argue with that. Cream of any soup, while it may taste good, isn’t good for you. I do my best to replace it whenever I’m able. While it may take some effort, it really isn’t hard to make.
Here are four recipes you can use to make your own, which is always more healthy.
What if I don’t have or like all of the ingredients?
This part is easy. There are many recipes that I’ve done this with because of something in them that no one likes. For example peas, no one but my husband. In recipes like Chicken a la King, I’ve always replaced the peas with broccoli.
With casseroles, like any recipe you have to be willing to make changes to make it work for your family. My mother-in-law makes a hamburger casserole that has peas in it, so for our family, we have turned it into what my kids call Mexican Casserole. It isn’t anything spectacular but is easy to make when things are busy or money is tight.
Batching and Freezing Casseroles
To me, this is the best part about casseroles. With a baby on the way, I am planning freezer meals to help feed my family during my recovery and even leading up to the delivery.
When I make a casserole, I always at least double it. This may seem time consuming, but it really isn’t. I did it this year for Thanksgiving. I purposefully planned to make the same food for both my parents and my in-laws. It took less time and definitely saved money making the same thing.
Casseroles also freeze well. Except for things in tomato sauce, I will prepare extras in aluminum pans. I buy mine from GFS, and also purchase the lids. They stack well and freeze well. Also, the lids are great for writing down instructions on them.
When freezing, I only cook what has to be cooked and leave the rest to cook together before serving. This keeps the food as fresh as possible, and while you still have cooking to do, it saves a ton of time.
25 Casseroles for Busy Families on Busy Days
Creamy Chicken Ritz Casserole- Written Reality (We made this one, it was good, but kind of bland. Next time we are going to kick it up.)
Buffalo Ranch Chicken Casserole- Premeditated Leftovers (Not as much kick as you would think. My kids who like kick, added more hot sauce.)
Chicken Green Bean Casserole- Lil’ Luna (This is a family favorite. We make this for anyone we want to take food to and it is a HUGE hit. A 5 star from anyone who eats it.)
The BEST Tator Tot Casserole- Ebay (This was even better than the one I normally make. The kids gave it 5 stars.)
Baked Ravioli- Tasty kitchen (This is really good, but I usually add ground beef to it, making it more like a lasagna. It also helps it spread out more over my family, filling bellies.)
Ham & Hash brown Casserole- Plain Chicken (Comfort food at its best. A new family favorite. Another 5-star meal.)
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