Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Old Produce

So I found some produce in the back of my fridge today. I had forgotten all about this stuff. It's been in there for like a month. I was really nervous when I pulled it all out: Celery, zucchini, onion, mushrooms. But you know what? The only one that wasn't good was the mushrooms (which were furry). I decided I shouldn't press my luck. I wanted to use everything TONIGHT.

I really like allrecipes.com because you can type in random ingredients and see if there's a recipe that matches them. Here is what I made tonight:

Awesome Fruity Salad

In a large bowl, combine about 3 cups of any chopped fruit you want to use. strawberries, apples, grapes, etc. Add about the same amount of lettuce as you did fruit (I used Romaine). Stir in one little yogurt cup (I used raspberry). Cover and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes. Delicious.

With this next one, you use any veggies you have sitting in your fridge. Really, you can just improvise. Don't have three cups of zucchini? Ok. Add some more celery or something. Mushrooms would work great, too (Just not fuzzy ones). Maybe you have some ground beef, or turkey, or leftover ham. Throw that in there. I dare you.

Everything Casserole
serves 6 (or 4, if you eat like we do)

1 6oz box of stuffing mix
1 cup chicken stock (or 1/3 cup butter, melted)
4 cups cubed zucchini
2 cups chopped carrots
2 cups chopped celery
1 small onion, chopped
2 Tbsp minced garlic (Or just throw in some garlic powder)
1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup (I used cream of mushroom)
1/2 cup sour cream (you can replace this with plain yogurt, for a healthier option)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Boil carrots on the stove for 7 minutes. Add the other veggies, and boil for another 5 minutes. Drain.
3. In a small bowl combine stuffing and chicken stock (or butter). In a separate bowl combine veggies, soup and sour cream. Mix in 1/2 of the stuffing mixture, then spread into a 9x12 inch casserole dish and sprinkle the remaining stuffing on top.
4. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes.

We really liked this meal a lot. That's why Kurt looks so happy in the picture.


alibrough said...

Casseroles are my worst nightmare. I just thought about one and I had to punch my pillow in the face.

Amber said...

The first thing Dave said when he read what was in your fruit salad was 'gross!', I'm glad it tasted good though. I have to admit, the recipes do look a little unappealing but good job on the whole cooking thing :) I might just have to whip them up just to make Dave eat it. I can see it now 'but honey, Helena said it was good! Why aren't you eating... Why are you turning green... Honey? Ohh no!'
On second thought, maybe I won't make this after all...

Jamie said...

I think Kurt looks happy in the picture because you are cooking... unless he really likes veggies :) Bryan could care less what I cook as long as i cook!

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