Create 1,294 Casseroles Chart

ImageThis 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.

casserole chart 1

casserole chart 2


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

  • Prep time:
  • Cook time:
  • Total time:
  • Yield: 4-6 servings
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Main Dish


  • Meat-Eggs-Cheese-Fish
  • Potatoes-Pasta-Rice-Beans
  • Vegetables (Fresh or Frozen)
  • Sauce and Seasonings
  • Casserole Toppings


  1. Take one ingredient from each category (read across).
  2. Combine them with each other in an 8 cup casserole dish.
  3. Bake in moderate oven at 375 degrees for 35 minutes or until bubbly.

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Comments: 4

  1. Jannell April 16, 2013 at 8:01 am

    How Great!! I love easy stuff and this chart makes cooking a casserole a snap! Thank you 🙂

  2. Jenny April 18, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Great share Holly! I remember my first casserole and being so nervous, but now, I just love to have fun! This chart is fabulous and makes ‘picking’ your own casserole so cool!
    My mom put it best after Thanksgiving – did you know that you can just put a bunch of leftovers in a pot – add a starch or broth and it becomes a casserole or a soup?! – she was very excited at this profound thought! sometimes the epiphanies can happen at any time in our lives!

  3. Judy Robertson August 23, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Fabulous! I was looking for a casserole chart I had in the ’70s. We were in Shreveport, Louisiana, had 3 kids under 4, lived in a nice little house (3 bed,1 1/2 bath) Cost 19K. I got my chart from either Family Circle or Woman’s Day. The only magazines I could afford. I really think this is the one.
    Thanks for sharing. I had a little flashback to that 1940’s house with the seafoam green and black kitchen. Lived there 10 years and never had the money to change it.
    I’m going to print this out and tape it up.

    • Holly August 31, 2018 at 4:20 pm

      This absolutely belongs taped up inside a pantry or cupboard. I still use it all the time and hope that casseroles become popular again. I think the general public is missing out! I have mine hanging up in my cupboard this very minute. Print away and let the casserole making commence!