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“ If it’s”

In high school, if Mom told us that “if-it’s” were for dinner, we knew that “if it’s’ in the fridge, we could have it.”

“If it’s” came to mind while staring at a bare fridge this morning.  Half empty gallon of milk, Tupperware of quinoa, four jars of jam, couple eggs, a block of cheese, half a white onion.

And….a zucchini. 790A3B2A-7034-47D5-A753-31F1ACBE46B3

I’m no chef or foodie, but I figured if I had enough of the right somethings to mix together, I could make something, well, edible.

I shuffled to my spice rack. Garlic powder, Grill Mates chicken seasoning, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, lemon pepper, and red pepper flakes.

That was something, right?

I chopped up a bit of the onion and zucchini. Threw it in the frying pan with butter. Sprinkled it with garlic powder, red pepper flakes, paprika, salt, and pepper. Tossed in the quinoa with some soy sauce.  Heated it all up and…..voila! 

Honest. I surprised myself. It was delicious!

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Sign me up for Chopped!

After work I came home and wanted to fry up the same something. No quinoa, though, so I scrambled a few eggs.

But my Chopped Champion status didn’t translate into my evening meal.

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It was edible.

Culinary roulette.

Until next time, fridge. Until next time.

To my readers:

What thrown together “If it’s in the fridge” concoctions have you come up with? Did it work? Now a meal-time staple? Or did it flop? Just barely edible? Tell me your stories in the comments section!

-Erica

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  1. I’m afraid I’m not as healthy as you are. But I made a spaghetti dish that surprised me – all from premade easy stuff.
    angel hair pasta, ragu garden combo, stouffer’s spinach souffle, ricotta cheese, garlic salt, and parm. Layered it on the pasta and it was a nice combo. I think it would make a nice lasagna too. Maybe add some shredded carrot to the lasagna.

  2. Smoked turkey sausage with mixed veggies. Sometimes with shrimp. Simmer in broth top with cheese. Sometime it’s good other times… not so much.

  3. I had a rather large Spaghetti Squash in the fridge, last year, along with a slightly-expired, half-eaten, bottle of marinara sauce (Ragu, Prego???). I thought, “Spaghetti + marinara = good.” And it was!

    Day 2 of thinking I was Chef Boyardee, I decided to use up the other half of the Spaghetti Squash. This time I went all out; I picked up a bottle of Alfredo sauce, and repeated step one. No bueno! The real mystery is if it looked better coming up, or going down 🙁

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