37 Make Ahead Casserole Recipes for Busy Nights

This collection of Make Ahead Casserole Dinner Recipes is perfect for meal planning, baby-prep, and any time you want to have a simple homemade meal!



We all love casseroles. Whether because they're quick and easy or because you can feed an army, casseroles are the best. They are easily portable and make great dishes for a potluck, or are the perfect meal to gather your family around for a nice quiet dinner.  Casseroles are easy to clean up and are comfort food at its most comforting. Whether you are looking for a quick meal for the family or putting out a spread for guests you can go wrong trying any one of these fantastic casserole ideas.

Creamy Tomato and Blue Cheese Soup

Creamy Tomato and Blue Cheese Soup is a simple but delicious and decadent soup recipe perfect for your next dinner menu!
Creamy Tomato and Blue Cheese Soup Recipe



Soup life, baby. SOUP LIFE. I could eat soup every single day and never get tired of it. In fact, I do enjoy a bowl several times a week so it wouldn't even be a stretch. (Yes, even in summer). I know a lot of folks who are scared of making soup, but seriously it couldn't be easier. Think of a few flavors that taste good together, throw them in a pot and stir. The great thing about preparing soup is that you can totally tweak it as you go. Not like baking where you throw it in the oven and say a prayer. Baking is terrifying. Not soup.


Chimichurri Grilled Skirt Steak Recipe

Our Chimichurri Grilled Skirt Steak Recipe is the perfect easy dinner recipe for your family!  This article is a partnered conversation written by Mama Loves Food on behalf of UF/IFAS. Opinions and text are all ours.



Those of use who live in Florida don't generally do it for the summer.  I mean, the swimming pool is warm most of the year, so that's great - but the real reason we hang around is for the beautiful weather that finally rears its head come fall.  Fall means all outside all the time. It's hiking, and picnicking, and gardening, and grilling, and WHOOP WHOOP we love Florida!

And I don't know what it is about being outdoors all the time but it makes me want to eat all the delicious colorful foods.  Ripe red tomatoes? Yes! Juicy green grapes? Yes! A gorgeous skirt steak smothered in chimichurri sauce? Yes, yes, YES!

Deep Dish Mexican Pizza Bake Recipe

This Deep Dish Mexican Pizza Bake Recipe is a simple but delicious dish that is perfect for a crowd or party! We've partnered with Mirum on this post, and you'll be glad we did!  Opinions are 100% my own. #WinTheCrowdWM
Deep Dish Taco Bell Mexican Pizza Casserole Bake Recipe



I wasn't much of a school lunch eater.  It's probably hard to believe given the path that I've taken and my job these days, but as a kid, going through the lunch line gave me so much anxiety.  I was constantly worried I would say the wrong thing, get the wrong food, or not have enough money.  Serious anxiety.  So imagine my surprise when on my oldest's first day of kindergarten he came home with his lunch untouched and said "oh, I decided I'd rather go in the lunch line!" Hah!  Where did that kid come from?

There were always one or two days a month where I would make an exception, throw caution to the wind and brave the lunch line .  One of those days was Mexican Pizza Day.  

Strawberry Shortcake Pudding Cups Recipe

This Strawberry Shortcake Pudding Cups Recipe is the perfect way to make a packed lunch more fun and delicious.  This is a partnered conversation with Mirum, all opinions are my own. #APlusEatsandDrinks #APlusEatsandDrinksSweeps
Strawberry Shortcake Pudding Cups Recipe



Going back to school or work after a break - holiday, summer, or otherwise, can be a struggle.  It's easy to get used to lazy mornings, pajamas all day, and raiding the fridge whenever the mood strikes. Routine is good, it helps us (me especially!) be more productive and overall happy, but getting into routine is sometimes a bit of a beast.  To ease the transition I love the idea of making lunch a little more special.  Today we packed Strawberry Shortcake Pudding Cups, but the idea can translate to so many different flavors and mix-ins!

One Pot Mexican Skillet Bake - Beef and Cheese Cobbler

This One Pot Mexican Skillet Bake - Beef and Cheese Cobbler recipe is the perfect easy clean up meal for your busy nights.  This post is partnered with Taste of Home and Blog Meets Brand.  All opinions belong to Mama Loves Food.  #100FamilyMeals
One Pot Mexican Skillet Bake - Beef and Cheese Cobbler Recipe



Is there anything more glorious than a dish that creates virtually no clean up? Why yes, yes there is.  A recipe that makes no mess AND tastes delicious.  So, hey folks.  Guess what I've got for you today - this incredibly delicious One Pot Mexican Skillet Bake recipe from the Taste of Home 100 Family Meals cookbook.  It's super simple to make, uses one pot and one bowl, and wow.  Wow, wow, wow, delicious.  Savory cheese biscuits over hearty beef and beans - my husband LOVED this one and told me to definitely not give any to the neighbors! Hah!

Have you made any New Year's resolutions?  We didn't make resolutions so much as goals - and one of those being more family meals around the table.  I'm pleased to say that two weeks in, we've been achieving our bench-mark of at least two meals at the table per week.  Exceeding it, in fact!  It's easy to brush off dinner around the table when you're busy and stressed, but every time we do it I'm glad we did.  It's kind of like hitting the gym - you're never sorry after it's over.  


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