I’m sure we can all remember family dinners when we were all kids. We would all come home from school and maybe play outside for a little while or get a little homework done before mom would call everyone together for family dinner. More often than not I found that my mom has cooked a big hearty casserole for dinner. Some were good some were bad but regardless they were all more or less the same. They always had meat, veggies, and cheese all mixed together and baked into one big dish. They were great for mom because she only had to serve one dish and it hit all the major food groups.
As I got older, I feel like the casseroles became fewer and farther between and I even feel like at my friends’ houses their moms were serving them less and less. What was served almost every night in my childhood was replaced with marinated chicken with sweet potatoes with a salad on the side or pork chops with green beans and applesauce. Mom said this was better, it was all healthier. She cooked more fresh food and what she called “light and nutritious.”
So what happened to all the casseroles?
I remember when the most exciting thing was a new casserole recipe, and now showing up to someone’s house with a greasy and cheesy baked casserole as a welcome gift is almost worse than bringing nothing at all. It is fascinating what we let media and society influence our decision making. It even affects what mom cooks for dinner. I think if every cooking show and every new tv show showed people reverting back to casserole dishes, tons of people would stop with the health kick and go back to a more old school way of cooking.
Yes healthy eating is great and I am honestly glad my mom is longer mixing everything up and just serving one solid dish, but I just find it very fascinating that cooking casseroles has gone “out of style.”