I found a very cool website called My Fridge Food. It lists common items and you click the boxes of the ingredients you have on hand. Then it presents you with a list of recipes you can make.
I plugged in bacon, salsa, eggs, lemon juice and broth and immediately a long list popped up.
Seems I have 100% of the required ingredients for BACON CUPS!
I also had 67% of the ingredients for Easy Guacamole (although not so easy without an avocado) as well as Chicken Noodles with a Twist. The ‘Twist,’ I presume, was that I had no chicken. Or noodles. I was all over the lemon, though.
I had 50% of the ingredients for 21 recipes, and 40% of ingredients for a bunch of recipes, and 33% of ingredients for even more than that. Truth be told, I have more than just those five ingredients in my house, so these figures aren’t technically true. But I’m always looking for another bacon-salsa-eggs-lemon juice-broth recipe. You really can’t have too many.
You can sort the recipes by percent of ingredients, category, number of ingredients, cooking time, calories, carbs, fat, or protein.
I can see a lot of uses for this website.
For instance, they tell you the ingredients you’re missing which allows you to substitute something that you do have.
It’s obviously great for the immediate problem of “Gah! I’m HUNgry! What can I make with this stuff?”
My 81-year-old father lives alone and plays a game he probably calls “Grocery Store.” The rules are simple; he doesn’t buy any groceries until he is completely out of all the food in his house. All. The. Food. As you can imagine, it makes for some exciting and unique dinners. Much in the same way buying cans without labels does.
But also, My Fridge Food could be a great planning tool. What if my grocery budget is running low so I only want to buy cheap stuff this week? What can I make with beans, eggs, peanut butter and ramen?
Or, “I’m looking for different low-calorie recipes; here are all the items I like to eat, O Wise and Generous Website.”
I can’t wait to play around in there some more, but first I have to go stuff some scrambled eggs and salsa in my Bacon Cups. I think I’ll hold back the lemon juice and broth for something fancy when company comes. Cocktails, perhaps.
So what can YOU make with the weird stuff shoved in the back of your fridge? (And don’t be telling me there’s no weird stuff. If you’re reading this, I know you have at least a teensy lazy streak and that means, by default, there’s weird stuff in there!)