a weekend of cooking on a budget

by ayallawt | December 22, 2010 7:20 pm

Last weekend I decided not to go shopping. My fridge was bursting at the seams with unwanted leftovers, semi-finished packages and forgotten ingredients. At that point in time that I decided to conduct my very own  iron chef competition. Against myself. The secret ingredient?  to come up with several dishes for the upcoming week using only what I had on hand.

Three different bags of rejected leftover bread, one lonely pitta and a single hot dog bun yielded me two savory bread puddings. Cheesy. Herby. Mmm. Really good with any tomato sauce you have on hand.
savory bread pudding[1]

An open package of smoked beef frankfurters, some frozen peas, my two last carrots and some plain white rice transformed  into a quick fried rice.
trio of fried rice ingredients[2]It’s nothing fancy but who can refuse a steaming bowl of ginger and soy tasting rice, full of colorful goodies? not me I can tell you that.
quick fried rice[3]

A freezer excavation won me  a long forgotten family pack of chicken drumsticks. I also had potatoes on hand that I wanted (needed) to pass. Soon enough my trusted slow cooker was full of Greek style chicken and potatoes [4]that smelled wonderfully from garlic and olive oil.
slow cooker Greek Chicken and potatoes
By the time Sunday came to an end I was quite pleased with myself. My fridge was bursting all right, but this time with  containers of fresh food. I had not spent a penny on unnecessary groceries and have won in my kitchen stadium. The only missing was the cleaning crew. Sigh. I guess I got a little carried away. Do you really think these guys will go through all that every week If they knew they will end up with all the dishes?

  1. [Image]: http://www.saltandpaprika.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/IMG_6059.jpg
  2. [Image]: http://www.saltandpaprika.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/IMG_6117.jpg
  3. [Image]: http://www.saltandpaprika.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/IMG_6122.jpg
  4. Greek style chicken and potatoes : http://www.saltandpaprika.com/2010/12/28/slow-cooker-greek-style-chicken-and-potatoes/

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