Good ol fashion somthing out of nothing recipes anyone?

Brandy - posted on 08/03/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )




Due to an illness I've been out of work. There is a man in charge now of buying groceries and he's kind of new to it and I can't shop right now. Do any of you have recipes for things you can make from things that may already be in the kitchen?


Elisa - posted on 08/06/2009




Hi Brandy! Send this man of yours out with a list to the store.. and unless he's good at shopping you might have to write down specifics - like Food Lion brand canned peas (3 cans) - and give him a phone to call you while he's at the store.

Fridays at my house growning up were always "Clean the fridge Fridays" and it's pretty easy. Basically you can take any leftovers you have and stick them into a big soup pot. I just don't mix meats. So if you have leftover hamburgers crumble them up, dump in whatever leftover veggies you have, or add some if you did not have any, you can add rice, noodles, dump in a couple boullion for flavoring, some spices, and there you go.. instant soup! You can do the same thing with roast, macaronni, spaghetti, etc. If you want it to be a thicker soup, start off with a basic white sauce or add some corn startch or flower to thicken it up.

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Sara - posted on 08/08/2009




I had the same problem last night. I make caserole's with leftovers. I don't know if you call this a caserole but this is what I made last night with the leftovers in my fridge.

I peeled and thinly sliced 3 potatoes and 1 onion and fried them until tender. Then I added in leftover chicken and corn. in a second frying pan I made 6 scrambled eggs. when the eggs were finished I dumped them in with the potatoes, onion, chicken and corn. If I would have had a can of tomatoes or some salsa I would have dumped that on top. Last but not least I added shredded cheese on top of it all and let it melt.

My kids loved this since they love eggs and potatoes.

Debbie - posted on 08/08/2009




Sweet and sour meatballs~ make meatballs or buy them already made, 1-32oz jar of Grape Jelly, 1-32 oz Ketchup bottle, 1/4 cup of coke or pepsi, 1 can of pineapple chunks drained. In a crockpot you will mix the ketchup, grape jelly and coke together. Then dump in the meatballs, dump in the can of pineapple and set on low. If its to sweet then add a little more ketchup, if to sour add more grape jelly. Serve over rice.

Poorman's Casserole~ Take a bag of mixed veggies or a couple of cans of them and brown some ground beef. Mix the drained hamburger and veggies together. Then stir in some cream of mushroom soup and mix it with half a can of milk. Dump in with the hamburger and veggies. Top with mashed potatoes and then american cheese and bake till hot at 350.

Karina - posted on 08/06/2009




i would suggest..... fried rice as you can use any leftover vegies lying around in your fridge.

savory mince.....which is diced vegies (carrot, celery and onion) and groung hamburger meat all browned in skillet, seasoned with a little ketchup and worcestershire sauce and thicken the wholw thing with gravy.

also i would do a quiche or egg pie.....i use all chopped leftover vegies and then beat 6 eggs and mix into the vegies. bake in a pie dish until set and cooked.

hope this helps, karina (australia)

Kristina - posted on 08/05/2009




Tuna and noodles.. I personally don't like it but my kids and hubby love it (not a big tuna fan)! 2 cans tuna (we use white albacore) egg noodles, frozen peas and carrots, 1 can cream celery soup, 1 can cream mushroom or chicken soups. 1 cup 2% shredded cheddar cheese.

Cook the noodles mix with soup, tuna and veggies.. sprinkle cheese over the top and bake 20 mins at 350. Tada dinner.. we add a salad on the side.

Shepards Pie.. quick easy and normal everyday stuff in the pantry.
1lb ground beef
instant or real mashed potatoes
1 bag frozen mixed veggies ( your choice we use the carrots, peas and greenbean mix)
1 package brown gravy mix
1 small onion diced
1 cup 2% cheese your choice.
1 cup water
1 clove garlic chopped fine

Brown meat, diced onion and garlic then drain, add to baking dish with water gravy and mixed veggies. Make mashed potatos cover the meat mixture then sprinkle cheese on top. Bake 350 for 30 mins.. we serve again with salad and whole grain bread on the side.. Kids and hubby love it..

Hang in there we both lost our jobs last year and had several rough months! I will work out!

Jennifer - posted on 08/04/2009




Check out my entry for today. I posted it with the title Awesome Quesadillas. I just used ground beef and corn this last time and they turned out great.

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