Something Out of Nothing

We have all heard it said too many times to remember, “there’s nothing to eat in this house”. And more often than not we agree with that exclamation- I know I have. But on a day when I was convinced no decent meal existed within the walls of my kitchen, I decided to take a closer look and a more creative approach.

Where only bits and pieces remain

One weekend morning I began dismantling the inside of our fridge at a fever pace determined to find something I could make for breakfast. Every wrapping and container had minuscule amounts of food remaining from a previous feast. The following is what I located:

  • 3 seasoned potato wedges (previously air-fried)
  • 1 heel of ham (about a 1/4 cup)
  • 1 extremely small nub of onion
  • 1 small container of sauteed peppers (about 1/2 cup)
  • scant 1/4 cup of shredded cheese
  • 2 eggs

At face value the above list isn’t very impressive, but the must-go skillet with cheese and eggs turned out absolutely delicious.

A little zhuzh is all it needs

I decided that crisping up those potato wedges was key to making this really tasty. I mean, who doesn’t love a little crunchy goodness-right? I diced up the three wedges, heel of ham, nub of onion, and the peppers. I grabbed my favorite non-stick skillet and added just a touch of olive oil and cranked up the heat to med-high. Once I could see rippling in the oil I knew it was hot enough and added the potatoes. Tossing until they began to deepen in color, I then added the veggies and ham. Now, at this point I needed to amp up the flavor so it would wake up my taste buds! I grabbed some cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper and waved them all lightly over the skillet contents- season…not overpower. I sprinkled on the shredded cheese and turned off the burner. As I cooked the two eggs (over-medium is my fave), I plated the skillet contents and topped with the eggs, which incidentally finished melting the cheese into ooey-gooey goodness.

A little goes a long way

I am guilty of overlooking the obvious, and sometimes not so obvious items I have at my disposal. None of those items above were in pristine condition or at any major level of quantity. But combined in a simple way, adding a little something-something for flair and voila’! I had an amazing hearty flavorful breakfast and bonus…no items went into the trash or compost.

I’ve actually started making this a regular game I play each week so I can rid the fridge of anything that would otherwise grow fungus and end up in the trash. And I end up with some interesting and tasty concoctions that would never have entered my cooking world otherwise.

Photo by Chitokan on

Happy Scavenging!

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