Hating to waste food lead to an odd dinner

@shaggin (26813)
United States
November 16, 2017 5:55pm CST
I have so many things in the cupboards that have been sitting around for months & years. I decided about a month back to try to use things up so I have been trying to be creative in coming up with ways to use things. A few days ago I made hash browns and topped them with diced tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. It was surprisingly good and I would make it again. Tonight I made something I love and it helped use up many ingredients... triscuits topped with sour cream then covered with diced green peppers, onions and broccoli. Usually then I just add cheese and put it in the toaster oven but tonight I added a few extra ingredients such as cooked spaghetti noodles that my daughter didn’t finish with her dinner. I added garlic salt when I felt it was a little bland and also sprinkled on some seasoned Parmesan cheese. My son and I tried it together when it was done cooking and agreed it was pretty good. The photo is before I added seasonings and cheese.
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@LadyDuck (121670)
• Switzerland
17 Nov
I am sure I would have liked the hash browns with the tomatoes and mozzarella.
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
17 Nov
It was pretty good and was a good way to use up the hashbrowns and a can of diced tomatoes I had sitting around for a very long time.
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@MALUSE (32759)
• Denmark
17 Nov
Swiss hash browns are famous!
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
17 Nov
@MALUSE What are Swiss hashbrowns? Similar to what I made?
@ilocosboy (33267)
• Philippines
17 Nov
I think this we should do instead of wasting foods. There are so many mouth not feeding everyday to waste our food. Usually I made fried rice with noodles and egg in the morning.
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
17 Nov
That would be a huge meal for breakfast. I almost never eat breakfast I just have a huge coffee.
@ilocosboy (33267)
• Philippines
17 Nov
In our practice, we cannot escape morning without the breakfast.It is a must.
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
17 Nov
@ilocosboy they say it is not good to skip breakfast and that it is a very important meal as it gives us the energy for our day.
@peavey (15874)
• United States
17 Nov
That looks good! It must be something in the air, because I have been trying to use up odds and ends, too. I went so far as to make a list of things I needed to cook and/or eat, so when it's time for a meal, there is no excuse. You are much more creative about it than I, though!
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
17 Nov
I make lists for things constantly and it feels great to check things off. I have a package of pumpkin pie bars that I’ve had forever and am going to make today. The use by date was 2015 so I’ve had it two years or so time to use it up.
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@peavey (15874)
• United States
18 Nov
@shaggin It does feel good to check things off a list. Pumpkin pie bars sound good! I have some hot cereal that I thought I would eat, dated a couple of years ago, too. It's on my list, so I am working on it.
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
18 Nov
@peavey I dump that into my smoothies. Is it the single package kind with added sugar etc or the big containers you scoop out that is just oats?
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@NJChicaa (29962)
• United States
17 Nov
That is definitely bizarre. I would have used the vegetables and leftover pasta to make a frittata/crustless quiche.
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
17 Nov
That sounds yummy. I was already making food then saw the leftover spaghetti noodles so instead of throwing them away I tossed them on top before the cheese. It worked out okay.
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@NJChicaa (29962)
• United States
17 Nov
@shaggin I have a parrot so she becomes the random little leftover garbage disposal
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
17 Nov
@NJChicaa The beauty in your photo? I have a blue fronted amazon parrot but I give her very few scraps.
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@bluesa (12770)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
17 Nov
That looks very tasty! Sour cream and green peppers add great flavour to dishes.
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
17 Nov
Green peppers I use in a lot of things like omelets etc. I'm trying to decide what to make tonight I'm thinking mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing in the waffle maker.
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@bluesa (12770)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
17 Nov
@shaggin , I love potatoes! Any potato dish is a hit with me! Let me know how it turns out? But I already say yummy!
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
17 Nov
@bluesa Same here usually anything with potatoes or cheese I will likely love!
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@PainsOnSlate (19208)
• Canada
18 Nov
They both sound delicious, my husband is the chef and he is really good on using up leftovers and keeping my fridge clean.
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
18 Nov
Oh man am I envious hearing he is a chef I would be asking for him to make me new things all the time. I thought my ex was making me vegetarian risotto to eat last night but he made a pasta dish similar to ziti and it was delicious!
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• Canada
25 Nov
@shaggin every meal at my house is interesting. Last night he didn't feel like cooking so I popped a frozen pizza in the oven..
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
26 Nov
@PainsOnSlate My daughter likes those pizzas my son however doesn’t like pizza at all
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17 Nov
sometimes it is those odd meals that end up being so tasty.... the bad thing (for me) usually is that I can never recreate it exactly....
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
17 Nov
I follow recipes pretty exact then change them a little at a time. I always jot down notes on the recipe card of what was good or not and what I would change the next time.
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17 Nov
@shaggin that's great! often i have "mystery" stuff in the freezer which may mean some leftover soup or a casserole. If i end up adding it to something else, it's never going to be the exact same. But hey, at least we enjoy it while it lasts... Then there are those times where I grab the mystery bag from the freezer & it's kind of gross. ha ha
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
17 Nov
@jillybean1222 Sometimes things look similar when frozen such as orange juice concentrate and pumpkin filling so I always have to label what is in the storage bags before feezing them.
• Ponce De Leon, Florida
17 Nov
I made hashbrown casserole and roasted broccoli.
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
17 Nov
That sounds so good! The other night was the first time I have made hashbrowns in years. I bought them a recipe but needed tater tots instead so I was trying think how to use them up because I didn't care much for them with just mustard on them.
• Ponce De Leon, Florida
17 Nov
@shaggin I make them a lot. Homemade.
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
17 Nov
@thislittlepennyearns do you shred the potatoes to make them?
@Shellyann36 (8619)
• United States
17 Nov
It looks very good. I will have to try using hashbrowns in this way. Many years ago I was introduced to a neat appetizer that I make frequently. Take one of the refrigerated containers of crescent rolls and unroll them on a baking sheet like a pizza. Bake them and then top them with spreadable cream cheese and fresh tomatoes and broccoli. It was called a Fresh Veggie Pizza in the Pillsbury magazine I got the recipe from. Over the years, I have tried different things on this. I love Pico De Gallo and I started replacing the broccoli with the leftover Pico De Gallo I made the night before with our Mexican meals. Now these days, I have a new way to make them. I use the Ranch dip mix with sour cream and spread it on the rolls. I top this with fresh bell peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers. It is so good.
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
17 Nov
I have made that a few times and have had it at parties a few times as well. It is so yummy. I don’t recall the exact ingredients but I think it was mayo, dry ranch mix and cream cheese that was spread over the crescent roll dough. Then shredded carrots, cauliflower, broccoli and shredded cheddar cheese so think.
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• United States
17 Nov
@shaggin It is so good. I am a sucker for ranch dressing. I just mix the ranch dressing dry packets with sour cream. I have used the dressing packets with mayo and milk for a salad dressing. It turns out more of a liquid than when I mix it with the sour cream.
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@bunnybon7 (33054)
• Holiday, Florida
17 Nov
sounds like some of the things I used to do with food to keep them from going to waste. its important when you have children growing up to teach them thrift. very good
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
17 Nov
My kids do not finish their food often and then I eat it so it doesn’t go to waste. I usually see how much they eat before making myself food as by the time I finish their food I don’t have room for my own.
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@bunnybon7 (33054)
• Holiday, Florida
17 Nov
@shaggin been there many times when they were growing up.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
17 Nov
Both sound different but good. I hate wasting food as well since we have been truly hungry before.
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
17 Nov
I thankfully never have had to go without food and know what it is to be hungry like that so sad to hear you were. I just hate picturing the landfill filling up with everything I put in the garbage and wasting money!
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• Jacksonville, Florida
17 Nov
@shaggin Thank you. It's the worst feeling in the world that I wouldn't wish on anyone.
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@Happy2BeMe (70166)
• Canada
17 Nov
Sounds good. You are very creative.
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
17 Nov
Well thank you very much I wonder what I will come up with next. Not every combination has gone well though lol
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@Happy2BeMe (70166)
• Canada
17 Nov
@shaggin lol that happens but at least you try different things
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• Eugene, Oregon
29 Nov
Those were some very creative ideas for leftovers.
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
29 Nov
Why thank you I keep wondering what I will come up with next that will be yummy.
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@KrauseHome (33368)
• United States
22 Nov
We Love to experiment with Foods as well. Would not be fond of the one you made with Broccoli though as neither one of us like Broccoli.
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
22 Nov
My ex hates broccoli too so anything he buys chinese food and its in there I get to eat it and I love it! Tonight my daughter wanted spaghetti noodles with butter and parmesan cheese then scrambled eggs stirred in. She decided to take a soft taco shell melt cheese and then roll that around the spaghetti. She only ate a few bites so I ate it and was surpised it was actually good. I did add garlic salt though.
@GardenGerty (91004)
• Marion, Kansas
17 Nov
I frequently throw things together to use them up.
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
18 Nov
That’s great less going to waste that way!
@snowy22315 (34181)
• United States
17 Nov
Hey as long as it tastes good..! Don't the triscuits get soggy?
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
17 Nov
They don't get very soggy if you assemble the things quick and bake it long enough. Right now I'm eating corn flakes and dried fig pieces... Both things I was given free but do not like them so I combined the two and its good!
@cahaya1983 (9505)
• Malaysia
17 Nov
So nice that you could use up those ingredients to make a new dish. I'm always in a dilemma when I see things that have been sitting too long in the pantry. I really should be more creative.
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
17 Nov
It's only the past few months I've started trying to think up ways to use things up. It's fun and helps declutter.
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@lady1993 (15571)
• Philippines
17 Nov
i don't really know what to make of that... but at least it tasted good
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
17 Nov
Ha ha that’s okay I eat some pretty odd combinations.
@responsiveme (14417)
• India
17 Nov
That looks good...What are triscuts.... Fusion menu is what it would be called and sold at a high price in resturants
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@dorannmwin (36697)
• United States
17 Nov
I like using up ingredients as well but I think I could have done without the spaghetti noodles on top
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@shaggin (26813)
• United States
17 Nov
If I had cooked it like this they would have gotten all crunchy so I put the cheese over them. I wouldn't bother making spaghetti noodles just to do this but it did use up a bunch that I would have thrown in the garbage.