Odds & Ends


Trying to use up everything in the refrigerator before leaving for Maine requires some creativity.  The fruit we can snack on, milk can go on cereal or in a smoothie, but the chicken sausage, spinach, kale, onion and salad fixings are another story.

IMG_1094So what to do with a collection of odds and ends?  Soup  seemed to be the best answer, and here’s what I pulled together.

IMG_1093Add to these a teaspoon of Hungarian sweet paprika which I have enough of to last a lifetime.  I will have to do as what was done in Hungary and put some in everything.

IMG_1101The end result of this concoction was pretty darned good and the accompanying salad’s ingredients used up the rest of the odds and ends.  The only thing missing was a good piece of cornbread!

If you are a soup lover, you might like this one that is hearty but not too heavy and very easy to prepare.

3 c. chicken broth

2-4 chicken sausage links

2-3 c. spinach and kale, torn into small pieces

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 medium onion, finely chopped

2 cans of cannellini beans

1 can of diced tomatoes

1 heaping t. of sweet paprika (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

Blend all ingredients except for the greens together and simmer for about 20 minutes to allow flavors to blend.  Add spinach and kale and continue cooking until  they are wilted.

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7 thoughts on “Odds & Ends

  1. I love using up stuff like this. Looks like my kind of soup.

  2. Soup is a great idea! It’s fun to challenge yourself to creating a meal with odds and ends!

  3. I enjoy the creativity involved in using up the odds and ends in the refrigerator. The soup looks delicious.

  4. I love being creative with the odds and ends. I believe you succeeded, the soup looks delicious!

  5. Teresa S. Fowler June 4, 2018 — 10:57 am

    Your soup looks delicious! Now I have to go make soup.

  6. You are like my mom…you can take a variety of foods from the fridge or pantry and come up with a most delicious meal! …. I think I have learned from her too … I often gaze into the refrigerator and say, “so what can I make for dinner tonight?” … so glad that my hubby is not picky!!!

  7. My Way Home Life June 4, 2018 — 5:42 pm

    Looks lovely! We just had to do the same thing prior to leaving for vacation.😊

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