Planning your weekly dinner menu can be such a hassle, especially when those busy weekdays come into play. You don’t want to have to resort to running through the drive-through at a fast food restaurant, and you’re tired of throwing in that same old frozen pizza anytime you’re in a bit of a bind. You’ve got a hungry family to feed, and there’s one reliable dish that you can come back to time and time again: the ever-faithful casserole.
You really can’t go wrong with an easy casserole dish. You really just need to grab whatever food you have lying around, throw it into your trusty 9×13 baking dish and let your oven do the rest. The trickiest part about relying on casseroles is not getting stuck in a rut, and finding new ways to keep dinner exciting and tasty for everyone in your family.
That’s where our friends over at AllFreeCasseroleRecipes.com come in. With their wide index of casserole recipes of all shapes and sizes, you can be sure that no two casseroles are the same. In fact, we’re here to show you five easy casseroles you can make each night this week. All of these casserole recipes have prep times under 30 minutes, perfect for the hectic weeknight schedule, and you can even make them ahead of time to freeze and reheat for days when you’re even busier than usual. So get out your baking dishes, ladies and gents, because we’ve got some easy (and tasty!) weeknight meals you’ll come back to again and again.
Monday: Tuna Casserole…with a Twist!
We’ve all tried a standard tuna casserole before, but how about one that uses fresh spinach instead of a tired can of soup? Toss in a few more spices like garlic and barley, add some pasta and cheese, and voila! You’ve got a quick and easy Tuna Casserole with a Twist!
Tuesday: Easy Cheesy Beef Stroganoff Casserole
I know, I know — this looks like any old beef casserole. Trust me, it’s much better than that. This Easy Cheesy Beef Stroganoff is unique because not only does it include the casserole standard: mozzarella cheese, but it also includes some unusual choices like cream cheese and cottage cheese. Cheese lovers unite!
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Tortellini Lasagna
Time to give your casserole dishes a break and pull out your tried-and-true slow cooker. Cooking with tortellini is a great way to add a little more substance to your casseroles, and this Slow Cooker Tortellini Lasagna is no exception. There are so many options for the filling from chicken to cheese to beef. It’s so easy to change up any casserole with tortellini because of the different options you have! Throw this together before you leave to pick up the kids from school, and you’ll come home to dinner ready to serve.
Thursday: Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Frittata
Breakfast for dinner, anyone? Breakfast casseroles are a great way to mix up your usual dinner routine because it’s such a surprisingly refreshing change in your dinner palate. While any frittata recipe is a great avenue to explore your breakfast-for-dinner options, this Sausage, Pepper, and Onion Casserole is a particularly good choice for frittata novices because you’re keeping everything in the skillet, allowing for an easy prep.
Friday: Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole
We had to end the week on a high note, right? And what could be better than this Buffalo Chicken Mac and Cheese Casserole! The kids will love the addition of the cheesy macaroni while the adults get the benefit of the buffalo chicken. It’s a win-win for everybody! With a bit of a crunch and a whole lot of cheese, this is your end-of-the-week reward for cooking all week long!
Make sure to save the leftovers for easy lunches the next day (if you haven’t gobbled it all down the night before, that is!). Your family is sure to be amazed at how many different ways you can cook up a tasty casserole dish!
We want to know! What’s your favorite kind of casserole to make? Let us know in the comments!