Mix up dinner

I love this recipe mix from the Complete Tightwad Gazette:

Amy Dacyczyn’s Universal Casserole Dinner

1 cup Main Ingredient

1 cup Second Ingredient

1-2 cups starchy ingredient

1 ½ cups binder

¼ cup “goodie”



Main ingredient suggestions: tuna, cubed chicken, turkey, ham, seafood

Second ingredient suggestions: celery thinly sliced, mushrooms, peas, hard boiled eggs chopped

Starchy ingredient suggestions: potatoes thinly sliced, cooked noodles, cooked rice

Binder suggestions: cream sauce, sour cream, can of soup

“goodie” suggestions: pimiento, olives, almonds, water chestnuts

Topping suggestions: potato chips, cheese, bread crumbs


Mix your combination of ingredients, add ½ cup milk or stock if the mixture seems dry. Place in buttered casserole dish and bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.

If you think about common casseroles they follow this pattern. Think chicken, broccoli, rice and cream of chicken soup and almond sliced topped with cheese.  If you don’t have rice use noodles. Out of cream of chicken soup, use mushroom soup. No bread crumbs in the pantry?  Toast and crumble a bagel.


6 thoughts on “Mix up dinner

    1. Universal recipe for slow cookers: One part meat, one part potato, one part other raw veggie. Add any sauce mix for marinating in flavor (salsa, cola, sprite, marinade, seasoning packet mixed with juice or water, vinegar based salad dressing) and some seasoning. That is it! You can use pork, beef, chicken or any other protein. Enjoy!

  1. You can make your own cream sauces, gravy and cheese sauces without the “open a can of soup and add it to everything” (gross). Milk or broths as a base, corn starch, flour or cheese to thicken. Super easy and not all that salt/MSG/preservatives….Healthier & cheaper.

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