what is a serving size

By yumyum1948 Latest Reply 2010-05-19 14:25:54 -0500
Started 2010-05-18 19:27:19 -0500

I like to make lots of casseroles.The trouble is many of them say serving size 4 6 or 8.What is a serving size is it a cup?

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GabbyPA 2010-05-19 14:25:54 -0500 Report

Are you read for some homework?
I have done this with some of my recipes. It takes a lot of effort, but once you do one, it gets easier.
First you need all your ingredients with their nutritional values. You can get this off the package or out of a book. The package will be more accurate if you have it.
Find out what a serving is of all your raw ingredients.
Lets say you use noodles in your casserole. 1/2 cup of cooked noodles is a serving, but you are adding enough to make 4 cups. So you multiply your single serving by 4
Do this same process with all of your ingredients to get the total amount for the entire casserole. WOW!! it will creep you out. The numbers will be huge.

Then you divide your casserole by a number that gets you close to your goal for a serving that fits in your dietary plan.
For example if your casserole (the whole pan of it) is:

2800 calories
200 carbs
100 protein
50 fat

You want to divide that up so that you are getting a serving that is say 20-30 carbs. That would make your casserole about 7 servings. Then like Ray said, you divide your dish into 7 equal parts. It might be a cup, it might be a 1/4 cup. Then you divide all the other elements by 7 and you will get your overall nutritional value of the casserole. Write it down in your recipe book so you don't have to do it again.

When you start doing this, you soon will find ways to reduce the carbs and calories in many things. Casseroles are great, but they hide a lot of things that this exercise will expose to you.

Emma2412 2010-05-19 11:42:57 -0500 Report

Hi. I like casseroles, too, but don't make them often anymore because of the pasta or rice that's in them.
Go to this website to learn how to read food labels.


It's hard to tell exactly what you're referring to because I'm not certain whether you're referring to actual serving size or how many servings are contained in a package. I hope this site helps you understand what you're looking at when you read a food label.

RAYT721 2010-05-18 19:46:38 -0500 Report

usually every recipe will have it's own serving size so it's hard to say. when it refers to serves 8, the true answer is 1/8th of the size dish from which it's served… 1/8th of a 9x13 pan is different from 1/8th (or 1/6th or 1/4) of a 8x8 or quart or whatever. The most common is a 9x13 pan regarding casseroles but some are done is those round Corning baking dishes. I hate to say you're on your own but it's the combination of ingredients that yields a full amount and the separation to determine a "serving."

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2010-05-19 08:58:02 -0500 Report

You make sense, Ray—I usually think 1/2 cup of a starchy, meat—-casserole, and one cup for a lettuce salad, depends on the ingredients of the dish. Also don't forget the "dressing" for a lettuce salad, mayo or such, and cut out about 1/2 of the serving. Another thing to go by, don't stuff your tummy, I try to eat until I feel fairly satisfied, but NOT stuffed. Thank you. Pat R