This recipe chart is the one constant in all of the different places I lived, from the home I lived in for almost all of the first 20 years of my life, to all of the apartments and homes I lived up to this very day. It is one of the first things I tape up when moving into any new place. It is part of my kitchen, just as much as any plate or cup. It is my go-to when I am tired, behind schedule, needing to feed hungry guests or wanting to use up leftover cooked chicken, rice or that half-used bag of frozen soycutash from Trader Joe’s.
My mom ripped it out of some magazine in the 1970’s, glued it to some paper and taped it onto the inside of a kitchen cupboard for safe keeping and easy access. I love everything about this chart, but nothing quite as much as the hand embroidered look of the veggies along the top and outline of the chart itself. You’ll see the instructions on the top, right corner of the second page. So simple.
I just pick something from each category and throw it all together in a casserole dish, place it in a 375 degree oven, and wait 35 minutes for it to bubble. I never have to use exactly what it tells me, I just use it as a guide. Protein, veggie, starch, sauce, topping. It can be vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free…whatever you want…very ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’, but with food. It is the single most treasured recipe in my arsenal, because it is so dang handy.
Today I cut up some cooked chicken thighs, steamed rice, a can of Rotel chopped tomatoes and diced chilies, a can of stewed tomatoes, half a bag of soycutash and topped it all with some left over fried onion bits and smashed up Maui Onion chips. It’s all stuff that I just had around and wanted to use before it went to waste. (It needed cheese. Let’s be honest here, everything could do with a little added cheese. Alas, I am currently not eating dairy, so there you have it.) You cannot know the easy dreaminess of this chart until you realize all of a sudden that dinner is put together and baking in the oven in less than 10 minutes. It gives you just enough time to print out both pages of this chart and put it up in a cupboard of your own. Here are the pdf links to save you even more time! casserole chart 1 and casserole chart 2
Create 1,294 Casseroles Chart
- Vegetables (Fresh or Frozen)
- Sauce and Seasonings
- Casserole Toppings
- Take one ingredient from each category (read across).
- Combine them with each other in an 8 cup casserole dish.
- Bake in moderate oven at 375 degrees for 35 minutes or until bubbly.