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If I only had 5 words to use to describe motherhood, casserole would definitely be one of them. Stay with me here; if you think about it, it kind of embodies that #momlife perfectly. Envision a casserole. Sometimes, it isn’t always glamorous (motherhood). When your spouse or family enjoys the casserole, they might think, “wow this is good,” but they may not fully appreciate the layers of flavor and hard work (i.e. house isn’t a total tornado, kids got lunches, laundry is done, your mother-in-law got her birthday card on time, and the baby has both teeth it started with that morning) that went into making that delicious bite (can I get a.. MOTHERHOOD!). Casseroles are definitely a “stretchy pants and baggy sweater,” kind of indulgence (Give me a M-O-T-H-E-R-hood). Lastly, casseroles fill you up, they warm your soul, are comforting, and bring that feeling of “home” no matter the distance or time (that’s what us moms do best).
In all seriousness, being a mom is one of the best things ever and sometimes, it takes being one to really appreciate everything mom’s do behind the scenes to keep their family seamlessly breezing through the chaos that is life. (If you aren’t a mom though, it doesn’t mean you aren’t a BOSS at running your home and life). Luckily, there are a few short cuts that take a little load off and casseroles happen to fall into this category (that and the crockpot..and we all said amen).
Truthfully, my family has never been big on casseroles. We have always loved cooking, especially together, so we have been more into a 3 course dinner a lot of times (4 if wine is counted as a course), but I’ve certainly embraced the one-pot dinner since becoming a mom. I mean let’s be real, some nights its either me making a casserole or good ole chef Ronald McDonald steps up to the plate. Since I haven’t ever made a ton of casseroles before, pinterest has been my best friend when it comes to fast and easy recipes. I thought I would share this last one that I found because it was super easy (check), would be good for picky eaters (check), and makes a ton with little effort (double check). Although I stuck pretty close to the recipe for time sake, you could definitely add some spice to it.
Since this isn’t my recipe, I’m just going to link you to the one I followed. Alfredo Casserole. Happy Cooking!