By Vicky McDonald

Life can sometimes be hectic, and whether it's a new baby, a new home, or just a bad cold, there'll come a time that you wish someone could arrive at your door with a big, comforting casserole. The gift of a home cooked dinner is the greatest gift there is. With dinner solved, you can relax, and start to feel better about things. So, if you know someone that needs a little help, skip the flowers and surprise them with one of these homemade casseroles instead.

1. Rita's Spinach Casserole

Rave Review: "This recipe is a keeper! Super easy, good, and simple, and what I especially love about it is that most of the ingredients are things you can keep on hand." -- jen

2. Bruschetta Chicken Bake

Rave Review: "This is now THE dish I make to bring to others (with new babies, illness, etc), and I am always asked for the recipe. I had so many wives calling me to tell me their husband insisted they get the recipe, that I now include the recipe with the dish." -- KIMINCLEVELAND

3. Chicken Pot Pie IX

Rave Review: "Tastes even better when you use a Costco roasted chicken. Enough bird for two pot pies. Always get gobbled up by family and friends." -- Rick J Abel

Photo by ReneePaj

4. Baked Spaghetti Casserole

Rave Review: "I've made this three times and it makes a lot of casserole, but we love it. It's a great casserole to take to those in need of a meal. In fact it's my new go to meal for that purpose." -- Deborah Binnie

5. Shepherd's Pie

Rave Review: "Excellent! Will be really a wonderful, hearty meal for those frigid winter nights! Added some minced garlic to the potatoes and meat and a couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce along with the ketchup." -- AVOCET

Shepherd's Pie VI | Photo by Allrecipes

6. Mamaw's Chicken and Rice Casserole

Rave Review: "This is my go to casserole when anyone is sick at church and we are bringing meals. I usually add some celery and at least 8 oz of cheese, everyone raves about it!" -- Sandra

Photo by Melissa Goff

7. Artichoke Spinach Lasagna

Rave Review: "Best lasagna ever! It's even better as a leftover (if there are any leftovers), because all the ingredients have a chance to sit overnight and mix together." -- traerene

Photo by Allrecipes Magazine

8. Easy Mexican Casserole

Rave Review: "Doubled the recipe for a pot luck at work and it was a huge hit!!!! Everyone wanted the recipe. " -- JanetB


9. Ham, Potato and Broccoli Casserole

Rave Review: "Made this a few times, once for dinner and again for the church covered dish. It went over as a big hit both times!" -- WNC Chip

Photo by Staci

10. Baked Spaghetti Squash with Beef and Veggies

Rave Review: "This was one of the best fall recipes I have made yet! Very colorful and flavorful and it reheated well!" -- JRD

Baked Spaghetti Squash with Beef and Veggies | Photo by Allrecipes

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