What’s for Dinner???

This can be a challenging one! Often thought while standing in front of an open fridge and/or cabinets staring at varied contents and feeling completely blank about what to do with the contents (especially when your fridge is not quite stocked like this one!).

open refrigerator

Well fear not! I’m here to help you find a new perspective on this. To have fun connecting the dots and creating creative, cost-effective, tasty meals from what you’ve got in your kitchen.

Let’s make this a game…

Here’s the deal:

  • Walk into your kitchen
  • Open your fridge/freezer/cabinets
  • Send me or post a list of up to five different items in your cabinets. (In addition to what you send me, I’ll assume a pantry of some standard staple items: salt, pepper, olive oil, butter – so please don’t send me those items in your list)
  • I’ll create a meal and share a recipe created from the ingredients you send me, plus the pantry items. I’ll also include some recommendations re. spices, seasonings, additions, that you may have around your kitchen as well.
Sound fun?
Ok, here is an example and a first recipe…
(shared by my friend Johanna from her kitchen)
  • Brown rice
  • One onion
  • One, starting to get soft, red pepper
  • One can of chopped tomatoes
  • One can of Chick Peas (Garbanzo Beans)

Hearty Chick Pea Stew

Prepare brown rice per package instructions. Peel and chop onion. Chop red pepper. Add a couple TBL olive oil to a saute pan and heat on med/high heat. Add in onions and saute until soft and starting to brown. Add in red peppers and saute until they start to soften. Drain and rinse chick peas and add to pan. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Add in the can of chopped tomatoes, reduce heat and simmer to thicken a bit. Add in more salt and pepper to taste. You could also add in any variety of other seasonings here to change up the flavor – crushed red pepper or cayenne pepper to heat it up, oregano, basil, curry powder – what ever tastes excite you!

Serve stew over cooked brown rice.

This also re-heats well and makes great leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch or dinner.

Other options & ideas:
  • Add sauteed chicken, beef or fish/shrimp to the stew
  • Add any assortment of other veggies – zucchini, spinach, broccoli, mushrooms, etc.
  • Add in minced or chopped fresh garlic after the onions
What are 5 ingredients in your kitchen?


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