WOW! the whole family loves it, Mom, why dont you make this again???
So share your invented meals because..well you had to feed your family and this is what we had...
Tonight, my kids had speggetti with shredded parm cheese (they love doing that) and bacon?? Thats right, had it on hand. The kids ate the whole thing up....
I have done this with pizza, pasta dishes, salads for dh and I, etc. My MIL has a way of doing this with stew style meals and casseroles.
I had leftover bacon so last night I made turkey, bacon, ranch wraps with homemade parmesan fries. I cooked the bacon, tossed it with the turkey, lettuce, sauteed red peppers and green onions with the last 1/2 cup of ranch dressing in the bottle. Can you say awesome.
Best part? All were made from my pantry and freezers. Sweet.
-I made a rce dish with dried apricots, pistachios and frozen peas. Had it with a chickpea stirfry.
-"green soup" using peas and kale blended in broth made it turn green then we threw a potato, carrot, leftover chickpeas. That was lunch then served with the below dinner
-lentil loaf(lentils I didnt even know I had!) and wasabi mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy with dried mushrooms, carrot sticks
-mac and "cheeze" and frozen corn
-stirfry with leftover lentils and whatever veg was left
No meal had been made before and everything was well recieved
Mon I mad throw together muffins...using a base muffin recipe I threw in whatever dried fruit,nuts seeds I had. All the muffins were eaten within 4 days I was worried they'd be nasty...I was wrong.
Turkey meat loaf is a good way to use up all kinds of veggies, and I usually have a roll of ground turkey floating around the freezer.
Quesedillas (we always have cheese and tortillas).
Burgers- we always have ground beef since we purchase beef in bulk.
I'm an unintentional weasel feeder and I suck at proofreading.
Cut up and stir fry of whatever veg is in the fridge/freezer over rice, or if we already have leftover rice I use similar ingredients and make fried rice (not that good with fresh rice). If there's some chicken or other meat it gets cut up small and mixed in, otherwise a couple of eggs are scrambled in.
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Salad with lettuce or pasta, chopped or shredded vegetables, boiled eggs, whatever is in the fridge (olives, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, etc.) lunchmeat, bacon or tuna.
Mexican casserole. Tortillas crushed, maybe eggs if I have them, canned tomatoes, beans, hamburger if I have it, maybe rice, cheese grated on top. bake until bubbly. sometimes it's good to make the casserole without eggs and add fried, over-easy eggs to the top..and hot sauce.
Soup...whatever I can find. I start with sauted chopped onions. Add some crushed garlic and no matter what I put on top of that is good. Various broths, maybe some wine too. Various vegetables, pastas, rice, meats, beans, etc. Croutons on top and some salad on the side.
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Homemade French Fries!!!! She will eat 2 plates full...I usually have cantelope slices or canned pears in house and we eat that with ...
This is usually a solution when I forget to defrost a protein and everyone's ravenous
I do "quick" chicken. Take some tinfoil. A bit of olive oil or pam. Skin the chicken (I use thighs/legs). Drizzle on some italian dressing or lemon pepper seasoning. Cut up a couple of potatoes & pop them in. Seal the tinfoil (lots of folding). Heat the oven to 350. Cook for about an hour. Done & delicious!
Pasta Primavera - whatever odds and ends leftover veggies sauteed w/onion and garlic, in lots of butter, w/Parmesan over the top.
Rice w/Tuna Sauce - saute onion and garlic in butter, make a white sauce, add whatever cheese on hand (ie. cream cheese, parmesan, mozzerella - anything to make it rich), throw a handful of frozen peas in and serve over brown rice.
Grilled sandwiches - I love grilled PB & J w/soup or cottage cheese and raw veggies or fruit.
I found a new, cheap, easy, vegetarian recipe in a free diabetes mag. It's a recipe from Patti Labelle's new cookbook: White Bean and Collard Green Soup. I modified it a little and it would make a good pantry/freezer meal. A bag of navy beans, bag of frozen collard greens, lg can tomatoes, 6 c both, onions, garlic, chopped carrots, bay leaf and my crockpot.
Last week I had chicken salsa black bean soup - package of chicken tenders, dried black beans, jar of salsa and some sliced mushrooms and frozen corn. Cook on low for 8 hours. I topped w/ avocado and cheese and heated up some corn tortillas to have with. It was really good.
Tonight is another crockpot meal - chicken tikka masala. Chicken thighs, can of diced tomatoes, onion and indian spices. I have tons of potatoes right now, so I threw those in the bottom.
Lentil soup is another one I make pretty often (stovetop, not crockpot). Onion, 2 carrots, 2 celery ribs, package of lentils and a package of kielbasa.
In the spring/summer I start throwing together more salads instead of soups, but I'm still in soup mode. And I am a diligent meal planner - my h and I both WOTH and if I didn't meal plan, I don't know that we would ever eat! So I don't have too many of the "what do we eat?" nights anymore...
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Funny story, DBIL is a vegan eater. For us, its an adventure making him meals and incorperating it into the meal. 99% of the time, its a hit with everyone. So we had a party the other night for about 20 plus people. Another family member was coming into town so we ordered pizza from her favorite place, made pulled pork from 2 pork roasts I had in the freezer stash, salad with plenty of veggie ingredients, and a lentil vegan soup.
DH made his brother a vegan pizza that again went over big.
All this food, the soup was the hit of the party. All ages incl my kids went crazy for it. DBIL said to my DH he needed to get the recipe, and DH LOL and said not going to happen. Why? Top secret? No, my wife took whatever we had on hand and dumped it in the pot.....
DH came into the picture with chorizo he found in the freezer, cooked up, cilantro, and stinky cheese. He put all these things on the side to jazz up the soup. I am eating it leftover now!
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fried rice. that ONE carrot left, and a tiny bit of broccoli.....whatever....i throw it in. add the egg for protein....one pan super cheap meal
Also when options are low, I make "instant veggie soup" using frozen meat fat and pan drippings (I store it in a jar in the freezer and scrape it out as needed) and frozen veggies or bits of whatever is growing in the garden (kale and chives, this time of year) and rice or potatoes or a bit of pasta. And seasoned salt.
I also make "egg drop soup" for the kids using frozen leftover turkey drippings, seasoned salt, egg, and a veggie or two. They love it.
Or pannukakkua for dinner - that's huffy puffy, swedish pancake, dutch baby, whatever you want to call it - egg with a little flour and sweetener and water baked in cast-iron pans in the oven until it's puffy. Served with frozen berries or cut up apple.
If we have potatoes, latkes are a big hit here.
Also something we call "peasy potatoes" which is basically mashed potatoes with a pile of frozen peas on top, margarine, possibly scrambled eggs on the side.
Lentil soup is definitely a "desperation dinner" that everyone here likes.
In summer we have big salads with hard-boiled egg and a bit of bacon and dressing and maybe some sesame or sunflower seeds if we have them. The salad things are free from the garden. Also summer is free-stirfry-from-the-garden time, too.
The garden and the extra freezer often save my butt at dinnertime. LOL.
Sometimes I just chop up whatever produce is in the fridge and put it in little bowls on the table ..kinda like a salad bar. I will make what I call relish and mix the remnants Ex; red cabbage, cucumber, and tomatoes with a splash of vinegar, salt, pepper, and cumin.. and put out some tortilla chips. If there are only a few tortillas left in the pkg. I will cut them and fry homemade tortilla chips with kosher salt and whatever they can dip beans, cottage cheese, hummus, chopped olives, cream cheese with herbs or minced jalapeno. We make a lot of tacos..so we usually have tortillas.
My little guy is a corn bread lover..I use to make a big pyrex dish and let them graze over it all day. They will have it with a meal and then later eat it with honey and butter like cake. I just got a mini loaf pan and they are really into breads right now.
I make breakfast for dinner at least once a week. Biscuits, ham, eggs, pancakes, waffles, sausage or oven cooked bacon. If we have a few potatoes I will make breakfast burritos. If I don't have enough meat I make an egg casserole and use it like garnish.
Sometimes we will have leftovers , but not enough to feed everyone the same thing. I will add chicken, steak, or whatever meat I have into a skillet with salsa or chipolte sauce and serve it over rice.
The kids love oven roasted potatoes. I add olive oil, garlic, rosemary, and pepper and roast till crispy in the oven. I will do sweet potatoes with syrup this way too..very filling.
- Honey Baked Lentils
- Quiche to use up little bits of stuff
- Fried Rice
- Breakfast for dinner
- Blackbean & Cheese Quesadilla
- Red Beans & Rice
- Couscous with veggies
- Grilled Cheese or Tuna Salad or Egg Salad sandwiches (something we love but for whatever reason we rarely make it)
- Tuna in biscuits, sounds weird but it was actually really good.
Thanks for starting this thread, some great ideas!
Mama to (DS 7) and (DD 5), wife to DH
Tonight, we found lamb meat for kabobs in the freezer, 1/2 a cucumber and a tomato that needs to be eaten. Yay, also a few pitas in the fridge and some plain yogurt. DH is whipping up a middle eastern feast with this. He also found a can of chickpeas. Hummis, YUM!!
I make mannicottis, lasagnas etc. Then we freeze and take out and bake as needed. USually I have about 1/2 cup of ricotta left. I par boil a 16 oz bag of pasta like ziti. Pour in a pan, add sauce and 1/2 cup ricotta. Then top w zella shredded. Bake or stick in freezer for later. Or use to give to a friend you need to bring dinner to.
Trader Joe's has pizza dough for $1.29, we top it with Trader Joe's Marinara sauce and whatever cheese and veggies and sometimes meat we have on hand. It only needs to cook for 10 minutes.
It's so much better than any delivery/restaurant pizza we've ever had so now we don't even want to go out
Stay-at-home Mama to my fabulous DD (10/08) and DS (9/12) and wife to my just-as-fabulous DH
4 cups water
1 cup lentil
1 cup rice
2-3 medium onions
oil to saute
Boil the water, throw in lentils once boiling, reduce heat, lid and let go for 20 mins. In the meantime slice up and sautee the onions. At the end of 20 minutes, throw rice and onions into the big lentil water pot. Let it go another 20 minutes, then serve.
That's the basic, you can add mediteranean style seasonings, other veggies, can make it brown rice by adding a little more water and putting the rice in there with the lentils.
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