I attended a potluck dinner a few weeks ago.Â After looking around at the many and varied casseroles in attendance, a friend of mine said: â€œI donâ€™t eat them very much, but itâ€™s true: Casseroles = Happiness.â€
I laughed and thought this was cute.Â Then I thought about it more, and decided that perhaps a good casserole CAN really contribute to mental health.Â How, you ask?
- While not good for the waistline, the cheesy, goopy goodness just feels good in the mouth and the belly. Yum.
- They can provide a complete, easy meal for a family or group with minimal muss or fuss.Â They are the perfect food for a busy family, couple, or single person. Ease, organization, and tastiness surely contribute to mental health in a positive way.
- Kids like cream of mushroom soup.Â While a little strange and unhealthy, this popular casserole ingredient insures that even the pickiest of picky eaters enjoy the meal.
- Â Perhaps the way casseroles can make the most impact is when they are shared.Â A new baby, an illness, a move, a job loss – all are occasions for casserole-giving.Â Who knew such a small gesture could create such comfort and joy?
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