It’s officially the post-holiday season which means we're headed back to work in the dreary January weather. Whether it’s skiing or building a snowman, every family has their own traditions on how they celebrate the holidays as well as how they recharge. But if you ask me, the best activities this time of year are the ones in the kitchen.
With temperatures regularly dropping below freezing, it’s officially too cold to step foot outside of the house. The perfect remedy for a cold day is a home-cooked meal to warm up our bellies.
Lucky for us, baking has become synonymous with winter traditions. The kitchen has the unique ability to bring a family together unlike many other activities can. Plus, few other activities have a delicious outcome like baking does.
A recent study identified the most popular winter activity in each state, and the people agree. Christmas cooking, Christmas cookie baking, making soup, and making a casserole are all among the activities that made the list.
But what exactly should you make if you want to channel your inner Mrs. Claus? The options are really endless. Here are some of the best, family-friendly casseroles to make during this time of year…
Broccoli may not be a food that the kids beg for this time of year, but a broccoli cheddar casserole is the perfect way to sneak in vegetables without them noticing! This recipe will do the trick to warm your stomachs and keep you fueled through all of your gift wrappings.
The only downside of brunch is that you have to choose between so many tempting offerings! With this casserole, you get the best of both worlds. Complete with bacon, sausage, peppers, potatoes… you name it.
If brunch wasn’t enough, try out this pancake casserole recipe. It may seem weird to cook pancakes into a casserole, but it can seriously take them to the next level. This special treat is a delicious addition to a meal at any time of day.
From the name alone, you may not be interested. But kale, especially in a parmesan casserole, can be a tasty, healthy addition to any recipe. This casserole is the perfect way to balance out the inevitable immense sugar intake, plus it takes just 10 minutes of prep time!
Casseroles don’t have to be all savory. This easy recipe marries everything you love about potatoes with the sugary cravings you can’t seem to get rid of this time of year. This one is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, especially with the kids.
For the more advanced culinary experts, this ham cornbread casserole is sure to be a fan favorite. When done correctly, you’ll get an ‘unbelievably’ fluffy dish that’s to die for. This recipe is one you can spice up with your favorite toppings, so get creative!
Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? Everybody will love this classic, especially when it’s baked with extra attention. This recipe will have you ditching the boxed easy mac in no time.
The best part of a casserole is that once it’s in the oven, you can go about the rest of your day however you please. You can fill the cooking time with your favorite movie, or even tackle some of your favorite desserts. Once it’s done, the meal is ready to serve of pop in the freezer to be saved for later.
At the end of the day, no matter what you bake or how it turns out, it’s most important that the family had fun in the process. After all, all you really need to enjoy an evening can be found without ever leaving your home - each other.