Bringing someone a meal is always a good thing when anyone is going through a busy time in their life. Thankfully my meals lately have been for a lot of girls in my life who are having babies. But these meals can also be for people when they are hurt, sick, when a death has happened, relocated, or just cause! Casseroles are the perfect comfort food and because they can feed a hungry crowd, they are the perfect food gift. So no matter who you are gifting a meal to, every gift casserole (and really, any meal you bring to someone) needs three things that make the gift of food even better:
Do your best to give a gift casserole in a dish that doesn't need to be returned to you. For most of us that will mean picking up a few aluminum baking pans from the grocery store, but if waste is a concern, look to your local thrift store for baking dishes that you can gift. Just be sure to tell the recipient that the casserole dish doesn't need to be returned.
List of Ingredients
I like to put the list of ingredients in case someone has certain allergies or food restrictions. The list of ingredients does not need to include amounts, but try to make it as complete as possible.
Don't assume that your gift casserole recipient knows how to reheat a lasagna. Tape the cooking or reheating instructions right on the casserole. Bonus points if you also include freezing and thawing instructions in case they have many casseroles.
What else do you think that all gifted meals need?