By Kimberly Holland

Mr. Rogers may be the best neighbor, but you'll be a strong competitor for the second spot when you deliver these delicious dishes to a neighbor who's feeling unwell.

When you feel ill, the last thing you likely want to do is cook. That is precisely why the best thing you can do for a friend or neighbor who is sick is cook them a tasty meal. Most individuals and families can eat from a casserole for a day or two, which is one more day they can focus on feeling better. These casseroles are delicious and comforting, straight from the oven. They also freeze well in the event your loved one is overrun with food from other loving friends and family members.

Casserole Freezing Tips

Before delivering the dish, put these instructions on the casserole or in the card so she knows precisely what to do for the best results when she's ready to eat.

  • Freezing: Place the casserole right into the freezer for 24 to 48 hours, then pop the frozen food right out of the dish with the aluminum foil around it.
  • Storing: Wrap the casserole well with aluminum foil and plastic wrap. Label with freezer tape or masking tape with the dish's name and date it was made. Slip into a freezer bag for extra protection if you have one large enough.
  • Thawing: The night before you plan to cook the casserole, place the frozen casserole back into a baking dish, and move it from the freezer to the fridge. Let thaw overnight.
  • Reheating: If the casserole is completely thawed, bake per the original recipe instructions. To bake the casserole from frozen, cover with foil and cook at 350°F for half the recipe time. Then, remove the aluminum foil, and bake as instructed.

1. King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Given its name, it should come as no surprise that this casserole is the king of comfort food. While it has a little kick from canned diced tomatoes and peppers and several types of chile powders, this casserole is great for neighbors under the weather because it's thick and filling, which can outshine any sad bowl of lukewarm chicken soup.

2. Tuna Garden Casserole

Tuna noodle casserole calls out to people needing comfort, those under-the-weather especially. This version, however, is great precisely because it packs in more nutrition (and filling fiber) from the addition of vegetables, like kale and bell pepper.

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3. Turkey Tetrazzini II

When making a dish to share with a friend, you want to pick something universally satisfying. This turkey tetrazzini is one such dish, with its creamy sauce, slurpable noodles, and filling turkey pieces. If you've got the freezer space, double the ingredients and make one for yourself, or give the second to your friend for their freezer.

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4. Mamaw's Chicken and Rice Casserole

A classic chicken and rice casserole is a wonderful option for feeding a friend who doesn't feel well. This version calls on a lot of convenience products, like instant rice and canned soups, which makes it easy to pull together and cook. For a little color, you could add frozen broccoli or asparagus pieces before cooking the casserole

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5. Zippy Shepherd's Pie

The classic English casserole has a fond following across the globe—and with people who are sick. The creamy potatoes are peak comfort food, while the meaty filling is zesty and bold. A secret and untraditional ingredient—curry powder—adds a great deal of tang, which will be welcome for people who may have been eating oatmeal for days on end.

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6. Simple Macaroni and Cheese

This 30-minute pasta recipe is typically served as a side dish, but for people seeking creamy, comforting dishes, macaroni and cheese is the ultimate "Feel better!" food. For a more classic presentation, you can sprinkle the top of the macaroni with breadcrumbs and some parsley.


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