The other day my friend Michele over at It’s a Dog’s Life posted about making dinner from 3 leftover items – she turned baked potatoes, an onion, and some corn on the cob into a yummy potato and corn chowder. She’s so creative — so I, in my normal smarta$$ way, sent her a comment about the 3 items I had to use and what could I possibly do? I had a can of sardines, some cottage cheese and leftover green beans.
Infinitely wise, she told me in no uncertain terms to throw the sardines in the garbage, take the cottage cheese and add a can of tomatoes to it, toss in some spices and then add the green beans. Boil some pasta, and voila, dinner is ready. That sounded entirely too easy and I couldn’t imagine using the cottage cheese that way, but what the heck, I’m game.
I found a can of diced tomatoes in my pantry, along with some Fiori pasta, and the necessary spices. The only additions I made to her recipe were to add in some Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes to the tomato sauce. I also had on hand some Italian breadsticks, some spinach and a few cherry tomatoes. Look what it became:
Not having any wine on hand, I substituted Coke Zero in our favorite Ohio State glasses. It was a wonderful meal – in fact even though Devoted Spouse claims to detest cottage cheese, he went back for seconds!
Thanks, Michele for giving me such a super idea and the kick in the pants I needed to start being a little more creative in the kitchen – oh yeah, I guess I better get off top dead center and buy that new oven, huh? BTW, I kept the can of sardines but promised Devoted Spouse only I would eat them and never directly in front of him. LOL
So now I’m scrounging thru the pantry and I’m seeing a can of pink salmon, some Saltines, cream of chicken soup and canned peas – I’m thinking it’s casserole time. There’s also a can of beets in there…those have me a little worried…