Scraping the depths of the Fridge
A concoction of champions is what I have going on, right now. I have been cooking up all that I have stashed in my pantry, fridge, and freezer lately. I do this quite often because I am trying so hard to save money and get out of debt.
The grocery money I save goes straight to making an extra payment on the loan we are working toward getting rid of. So, there has been no stockpiling of canned goods around here.
In fact, I have cut out buying ‘cream of whatever’ type soups and making my own. I know, I know, I am awesome and frugal. Pats self on back.
I do have to go and pick up staples like milk, cheese, butter, breakfast foods, and such. All in all, my grocery bill has been slashed. Oh, I made the BEST peanut butter granola bars… the recipe will be put up (if I remember).
Working with What I Have
So, I dug around in the fridge and found some kielbasa, 3 peppers that were starting to look sad, a head of cauliflower, and I had a bag of frozen broccoli. I also have an onion and rice.
That being said, I sauteed up my onion and peppers in extra virgin olive oil and a tab of REAL butter (these are healthy fats). Once that was sauteed down, I chopped up my kielbasa and added the seasoning concoction I use for everything. I also sprinkled some chicken bouillon powder on top and a few shakes of Worcestershire Sauce. Let this simmer. A cup of uncooked rice was mixed in. I was using my Instant Pot.
When that was done, I put it all in a greased 13×9 dish. That dish was covered and I baked it at 350 for about 20 minutes. I ended up adding an additional cup and a half of water and stirred it really well. My rice was not cooking. Next time, I will cook the rice first instead of putting it in there uncooked.
On a baking sheet, I cut up my cauliflower and broccoli into bite-sized pieces. Then, I added my seasoning, some of the chicken bouillon granules, and Worcestershire Sauce. I roasted those in the oven at 425 for 20-25 minutes.
Once all of that was done, I tossed served it all together. It was really good. There was no need for another vegetable or side dish. We ate it all and we’re all pretty full.
For pizzazz, you could mix it all together and put some cheddar over it, and put it back in the oven long enough to melt the cheddar down.