As I started to write this post I did begin to wonder about difference between a stew and a casserole. Well ~ according to Wikipedia ~
"A distinction can be made between casseroles and stews: stewing is a cooking process whereby heat is applied to the bottom of the cooking vessel (typically over a fire or on a stove), whereas casserole is generally baked in an oven, where heat circulates all around the cooking vessel"
So there you are! Truth be told, it doesn't really matter what you call them but cooking them is a great idea for this time of year ~ they're tasty, they're nutritious and you can make them in advance and freeze them.
There's no shortage of recipes out there - here are a few of my favourites.