Cooking · Food · Uncategorized

Homemade Doesn’t Mean Hard to Make!

The other day when I made my Three Cheese Eggplant Parmesan I had a small piece of Parmigiano-Reggiano and some ricotta cheese left over. I also had a little bit of spaghetti sauce left also. Since then I have been tossing around what to make with these ingredients. I have been trying hard not to waste food as it’s estimated that 36 BILLIONS tons of food waste is generated yearly.

Today I figured out what I wanted to do with those left over items – Fridge Cleanout Spaghetti Pie!! We must have a life time of pasta in the pantry. Okay, maybe at least a years worth. I got ground beef at the farmer’s market last week and put this in the refrigerator to thaw. I opened the freezer to see what bags of vegetables were accumulating there. Tossed in a pitiful small tomato that looked lonesome all by itself in a bowl. I threw all this together and presto – a lasagna look-alike dish.IMG_20140913_203123_694

Fridge Cleanout Spaghetti Pie

1 lb ground beef
1 chopped onion
3-4 cloves minced garlic
1 c frozen veggies of choice (I used spinach and corn)
1 can tomatoes – canned (or chopped fresh as in my case)
8 oz Ricotta
Favorite spaghetti sauce (I had Prego on hand)
Spaghetti noodles (or pasta of choice)

Preheat oven to 350. Start water for spaghetti. Saute onions and garlic. Add ground beef and cook thru. Add mushrooms, tomatoes, and spices. Drain spaghetti and put in a casserole. Top w/ ground beef mixture. Spoon ricotta over this and grate reggiano. Top with spaghetti sauce and grate additional reggiano over. Pop in oven for 30 minutes and enjoy!

There are so many variations of this idea I can’t wait to try again sometime. I hope you like it and let me know what you changed, added or did different!


Cooking · Food · Health and Nutrition · Uncategorized

Double Duty Recipes


Tonight I decided to officially open grill season.  I normally don’t close it, but this winter really wore me down so I haven’t used the grill in months.  At the grocery today I bought some cod and mahi mahi.  It has been too long since I have had fish.  So this part of the meal was taken care of, but what to do about accompaniments?

I remembered my last recipe, which I posted about a couple of weeks ago.  Then I used red potatoes, but I suggested in the post to use sweet potatoes.  Since I had sweet potatoes at home, I picked up onions and mushrooms to go with them.  At home I pulled out the trusty cast iron skillet and got to work.  I found out that I am in need of a much bigger skillet!!

The results were great!  Everyone cleaned their plates – fast!  I put the extras in individual ramekins and put them in the fridge.  Tomorrow I will pull one out and add an egg white and some shredded cheese.  Pop it in the oven for ~20 minutes and viola – breakfast for the kid to gobble before the bus comes!  I like this double duty recipe.  Now if I can just figure out other recipes that can do this.Image

What is your favorite double duty recipe?