Chopped..the Home Version

Ever since Chopped debuted I find myself challenging myself with whatever ingredients I have on hand. It's a great way not waste a scrap and come up with interesting new taste experiences.
Here's my latest... a small piece of Polish sausage, a handful of 5 cheese tortellini, brown butter and a grind of Italian spices. It was so good that I would intentionally buy the ingredients to make it again. Took less than 30 minutes.
What have you created using only items you have available in fridge and pantry?
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Stephanie B.
Stephanie B. January 15, 2019

I mentioned it in a question someone posted recently about miso, but I make a savory oatmeal that I think qualifies as a "Chopped" meal. It's miso oatmeal with wilted greens, an egg cooked any way as long as the yolk is runny, bacon, and maple syrup drizzled on to taste. I came up with it when I had lots of breakfast ingredients, an ancient tub of miso, spinach wilting in the back of my fridge, no desire to go the store, and no dinner. I was pleasantly surprised and have made it a few times since, sometimes switching up the toppings (onions sautéed with plenty of black pepper until golden/blond because I'm too hungry to fully caramelize, avocado instead of bacon, other veggies I have on hand...). I've tried to describe it to other people and got weird looks but I love it!

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BerryBaby
BerryBaby January 15, 2019

Stephanie, that sounds really good! May have to give that a try! BB😋

Nancy
Nancy January 15, 2019

Good ide, BB.
But/and I think all of us who cook from a CSA box or from refrigerator odds and ends to use up as much as possible before the next shopping already and always cook like CHOPPED contestants...

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Nancy January 15, 2019

Should read: idea
My most frequent are not unusual: into salads, soups, freezer containers for later use.
Best non-standard is to use an international spice blend or sauce on western food to make a non-traditional but tasty main. Examples: tandoori spice, garam masala, za'atar, Hawaidj, chinese 5-spice, French 16th century ginger blend or quarter epices, fish sauce, butter .sauce, hot sauce (various)

BerryBaby
BerryBaby January 15, 2019

Thanks, Nancy! I also change things up by using different herbs on everyday meals.
Lately, I've been sprinkling celery seed on salads and vegetables. I started using it because I read that celery helps joint inflammation. So I thought I wonder what celery seed would do and quite honestly it works extremely well and it's really tasty!
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