Caregivers Day and Thoughtful Casseroles

Did you know that today is National Caregivers Day? It’s the one day a year when we should stop and thank the caregivers in our lives. We all have them. It could be the people that care for our children or the ones that care for our parents.

I think the most difficult of caregivers are the ones who cannot go home at the end of the day. Perhaps they are caring for their special needs child or a spouse in failing health. They don’t clock out – theirs is a never ending task. That is not to say there are no rewards. I have a grandson who is Autistic. He lived with us for a few months. It was so hard, yet when he took my hand or gave me a kiss, it was magical.

My father’s wife is an awesome caregiver. She has my aging father to deal with, and now her brother is also dependent upon her. She loves them both, but it takes its toll. Thank the Good Lord, she belongs to a supportive small church. People help out when they can. I wish we lived closer, just to give her a break more than we do.

The beauty of most casseroles is that they travel well. If you have that special someone who could use a break from the meal planning, make a casserole. Toss a salad and you are all set to make their day. We need to care for our caregivers. They are priceless.

Spaghetti Casserole
8 oz Spaghetti Pasta
2 Garlic Cloves
1 small Red Onion
1 lb Ground Beef
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
14 oz jar Pasta Sauce
1 cup Sour Cream
4 oz Cream Cheese
3 Green Onions, chopped
1-1/2 cups Cheddar-Monterey Jack Blend, shredded

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and hold. While the pasta cooks, peel and mince the garlic. Set aside. Peel and mince the red onion, set aside.

In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the beef with the onions and garlic, about 7 minutes; until meat is no longer pink. As the meat browns, break it into small pieces. Drain the meat, return to the pan. Season with salt and pepper. Add the pasta sauce, bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered for 20 minutes; stirring occasionally.

In a small bowl, mix the sour cream with the cream cheese until blended. Set aside. Trim the roots from the green onions, slice and stir onions into the sour cream mixture. Set aside.

Grease an 11-inch by 7-inch casserole baking dish. Layer the pasta, sour cream mixture and meat into the dish. Top with shredded cheese. Cover and set aside.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Baked the covered casserole in the heated oven for 25 minutes. Uncover; bake until cheese is bubbling, about 6 minutes longer.

 

Author: Rosemarie's Kitchen

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and avid home cook.I believe in eating healthy whenever possible, while still managing to indulge in life's pleasures.

5 thoughts on “Caregivers Day and Thoughtful Casseroles”

  1. Great casserole and very appropriately names. I often cook much more than we need as I tend to batch cook. Consequently, not all oftheortions willend up in the freezer. I’ll often knock on the door of one of my elderly neighbours who lives alone and present them with a casserole, pie or some baked goods. They are always most gratefully received.

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