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Quick, easy and interesting things to cook with little food in the house

Bouji

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Ok, now this is going to depend on the ingredients an individual keeps in their own home, but when you just cannot be arsed to go to the store, what do you cook with staple ingredients?

I'll start:

Cheese and ham toast, there is almost always some cheese and ham left in my fridge, so this makes a quick and easy option. If available I'll also add caesar dressing, tabasco, EVOO, Echre butter, black pepper, Maldon salt. Hams can range anywhere from processed ham with a high water content, to prosciutto crudo, to leftovers from a roast, to York ham or Air dried cornish ham. Cheeses also range from processed cheese to Gorgonzola, PDO Cheddar, Stilton, Brie de Meaux, etc.

Pasta with pesto (pesto in a jar that is...)


Egg dishes, e.g. Omelet, Scrambled Eggs, Pain Perdu.


Steam some frozen Siu Mai or Har Gaow if any in the freezer...


Bacon sandwich
 

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This is just so great. More to share, please.
 

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I have kids at home - we have an endless supply of chicken nuggets and mac and cheese at home. for the adults, we also have rice, beans, pasta and eggs as stapples. if we want to throw something together it will usually be eggs with something, or some type of beans over rice. pasta used to be our "go-to" food, but I've cut way back on it.
 

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I keep a pretty big supply of rice on hand. It keeps, so I buy big bags when they are on sale. So, usually, if I want to eat something, but I need to go to the grocery store soon, I usually prepare a rice dish. I generally have small quantities of things like nuts, beans, dried fruit, etc and can prepare something edible that way. My spice cabinet is generally well stocked, so I can change up the flavors pretty easily.
 

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1. cooked pasta in olive oil, lots of garlic, and whatever you want to add: mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, capers, sausage....

2. can of tomatoes, couple of onions, handful of cilantro, slice jalapeno, pinch of salt, squeeze of lime, dab of olive oil - chopped and mixed, plus tortilla chips.

3. Sausage, boiled and/or pan fried. Saute some onions and place in bread.

4. Lettuce, tomatoes, feta cheese, vinaigrette or light dressing.
 

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Basic foods I always resort to for snacks - cheese, bread, tomatos/sauce, fruit, yogurt, dried fruit and nuts, frozen veggies... those are my snack foods

Ideas:
Scrambled eggs
+ spagetti/tomato sauce and any various bits and pieces (onion, garlic, peppers, etc)
or + mix or dried herbs and a bit of honey

Grilled cheese + leftovers (eg meats, tomato, onion, etc)
Tortilla chips + cheese and various bits of leftovers

Yogurt + cereal/oats + dried fruit/nuts + available fresh chopped fruit

defrosted mixed veggies, stir-fried with any salad dressing or asian sauces. Throw in any cans of bamboo shoots, water chesnuts, tofu, etc.
 

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Some fried eggs, sunny side up + soy sauce + sriracha hot sauce + generous dose of cracked pepper + french bread = good eats. I seriously can eat this every day.
 

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rice, soy sauce, egg, onion, optional mystery meat = fried rice

bread, egg, vanilla, sugar, butter = french toast

egg, bread, butter = hole-in-the-middle egg

progresso lentil or pea soup, elbow macaroni (uncooked, throw in the soup), parmesan cheese = filling, stew-like concoction

yogurt, fruit, granola

baked beans, hot dog = doggie heaven

ramen soup, water

spaghetti, ketchup
 

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Omelette - plain, or with corned beef, or with garlic and onions, or with red peppers and herbs, or with a combination of the ingredients listed. I always have eggs in the fridge and this is something I can make with my eyes closed.
 

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When I make grilled cheese sandwiches for my kids, I make myself one with brie and then add caramelized onions from a jar - awesome! - or a sliced pear in there is nice too.
 

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a quick stir fry with a little left over rice, an egg? , some veggies anywhere, a little sesame oil and stir it up, maybe some tofu pieces, a little soy sauce, chili sauce, gochoojang perhaps, etc

a radish soup on the side with a bone in it. scallions

a tremendous comfort food to eat in a bowl while watching a dvd on a stormy night with the rain drop noise overhead on the roof. bring your blankies bunched up all around you. sit next to your sweet SO, snuggle down and enjoy the night.
 

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ailo et olio

1. take your pasta, I like barrilla #5 spaghettini for this, and cook it al dente

2. depending on how much pasta you are cooking, pour anywhere from 1/6 to 1/3 cups of evoo into a warmed bowl (i warm a ceramic bowl in the oven for the purpose). crush 2-4 gloves of garlic and put it in the bowl once it is out of the oven.

3. Mince a tablespoon or two of italian parsley and grate some parmigiano reggiano. Fake stuff will ruin the recipe so if it's all you have, don't bother, but the real stuff really adds to it.

4. When the pasta is ready, drain well and then toss in the bowl with the olive oil, garlic and parsley. transfer to a plate minus the garlic cloves, sprinkle with parmesan, and enjoy.

I particularly enjoy it with breaded veal cutlets or veal scalopini topped with a bit of lemon juice. I actually just had it as a midnight snack and it took almost not time to prepare. It's absolutely delicious. You may not have veal in the house, but I always do.
 

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