Kitchen Scraps Casserole

kitchen scraps casserole

“Casserole” generally describes a dish cooked in one pot or dish – the fewer dishes the better! This recipe includes foods that you likely have on hand to make a quick, nutritious, delicious and low-cost meal.

Mix and match the ingredients to get a different meal each time! Think about what ingredients you would like to add and how they will taste together.

You can make ahead and reheat as needed. It’s easy to make vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, low-salt, or adjust in any other way you might need. And, of course, you can throw this together easily from the things you’d find in a food hamper. Even kids will gobble it up!

Kitchen Scraps Casserole (makes 2-3 servings)

Directions:

  1. In a large skillet or frying pan combine 1 grain, 1 vegetable, 1 meat/alternate, 1 liquid/soup and seasonings of your choice from the list below.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to low heat, then cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes. If the liquid dries up before the cooking time is complete, just add some water. You can also add extra liquid and turn your casserole into a soup or stew.
  3. Add a topping before serving.

(Choose 1)

Grain

(Choose 1)

Vegetables

(Choose 1)

Meat/Alternative

  • 2/3 cup uncooked or 1 ½ cups cooked rice
  • 1 cup uncooked or 2 cups cooked macaroni or other noodles

Hint: You can also break up long pasta such as spaghetti or lasagna noodles.

1 cup of fresh, frozen, canned or leftover vegetables such as:

  • Broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower
  • Celery, corn
  • Green or yellow beans
  • Mixed veggies
  • Mushrooms
  • Peas, peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips, zucchini
  • ½ cup cooked leftover meat (cubed if necessary)
  • ½ pound cooked ground meat
  • 7 ½ oz. can of tuna or salmon
  • 3 wieners
  • ¾ cup tofu (cubed)
  • ½ cup canned beans (e.g., chick peas, lentils, etc.)
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs (sliced)

(Choose 1)

Liquid/Soup

Seasoning

(Optional)

Topping

  • 10 oz. can of soup:

Tomato, cream of mushroom/chicken/celery soup, or your favourite soup, plus 1 can of water ( ½ can if grain is cooked)

  • 1 ¼ cups soup stock
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 ½ cups of canned tomatoes

½ to 1 tsp of:

  • Basil, oregano
  • Celery powder
  • Chives, parsley
  • Dill, thyme
  • Garlic or onion powder
  • Pepper, salt
  • Mint
  • Chili powder, curry powder
  • Bran
  • Bread/cracker crumbs
  • Croutons
  • Crushed cereal
  • Grated cheese
  • Sesame seeds / nuts
  • Tomato/cucumber slices
  • Crushed tortilla chips

Variation: You can also bake the casserole in an oven-safe glass dish at 350oF (180oC) for about 1 hour or until it is hot and bubbly.

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What did we miss? Any essential ingredients that can be found in anyone’s cupboard?

 

Recipe pilot tested by the Peel Community Food Advisors.
Images credit: Betty Crocker
Feature image: Food 52
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