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Almost all of us have a favorite budget meal-even if we don’t call it that!  After almost 28 years of marriage and from being the family cook for years before then, I’m at the stage where I love to hear about and try new things.  I’m betting many of you out there feel the same way and do the same thing.

Some of my family’s favorite meals were the ones I literally threw together with whatever was left in the fridge!  More often than not, after the dishes were put away and the “remains” packaged for the next day’s lunches, the question was always “So, will we ever have this again?  Why don’t you write these things down?”

The answer?  How do I write down:  1/4 C green beans, 1 C shredded cabbage, 1 jar Glen Muir pasta sauce, etc, etc...?

That’s probably why there are very few written recipes here on Wednesday’s column-just a list of suggestions on how to put things together-unless it happens to be about baking.  Can’t really fudge on baking very much or you come up with a totally different product.  Which is not so bad, sometimes.

I was going to have a recipe for a stoup, however I’m in Southern California and it’s 95 degrees outside at 3 in the afternoon, so I am just not in the mood to discus soup at this moment (writing this on Tuesday afternoon, for those of you who logged in early this Wednesday).

But you can have a great salad made of remnants as well!

One of our favorites is a great big “toss it” dish, but it’s never the same twice.

I use the leftover spinach for the week, add the last of our tomatoes, mushrooms, I shred some carrots over the bowl.  We love beans, so whatever can of white beans, kidney beans or garbanzos are in the front of the pantry-they‘re added.  If I’ve got some red or purple onions those are put into the heap.  I try to keep a can of water-packed artichoke hearts in that same pantry as well.

Now I know this doesn’t sound “all that“, but it’s colorful and filling.  By the end of a week, I usually have tidbits of pork roast, chicken, salmon or tilapia and even some steak left, so I chop everything up and put it into individual serving dishes and let everyone “chose” the protein of their choice.

This is the best way to use up the leftovers, unless I’ve decided to make a huge frittata.

Serve with some inexpensive corn muffins that you’ve added some leftover cheese to and dinner is served-and for very little “dough“.


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