Casseroles are not just a throw back potluck staple from the 80's. They are a fiscal way to feed your family and keep the 24 hours you have been granted budgeted too. If you add some inventive ingredients and flavors to a tiny bit of prep and planning, you too can be the proud owner of a hot and easy meal ready to serve when you are.
Did I mention casseroles are a friendly way to re-introduce vegetables to your family over the winter months. Yes, fresh is best but if you or your grocer are short on attractive fresh vegetables, look to the frozen food section.
And the casseroles freeze well too. Make enough to fill two dishes. Freeze one. Bake one. Easy-peasy rice and cheesy. Now you have something delicious for dinner tonight and a few weeks from now, without too much extra work or thought.
So, technically this last one is pot pie. But...it looks a lot like a casserole to me, so I am including it as a less famous cousin to the casserole. (This one is English from across the pond!) Pot pies, too, are fairly easy to assemble, can be made in advance, frozen for a later date, and winter friendly!
Help yourself. Save your money. Build a casserole!