Tuesday, August 07, 2007

We're Having Scallions for Dinner?

Wednesday is our CSA pickup, so Tuesday's dinner revolves around using up the leftovers of last week's CSA pickup. Today I was presented with a unique situation. There was nothing left in the fridge but four huge bunches of scallions and a watermelon. The watermelon was self explanatory but the scallions had me stumped. What could I possibly make for dinner using scallions as the vegetable???
The answer was either going to involve brilliance or idiocy.

I wound up making French Onion Soup using the scallions in place of the onions and it was delicious. I was shocked at how well it went over. I served it with toasted uncheese sandwiches. Of course I could have run out to the store to get a vegetable but part of being truly frugal is getting creative with what you've got. Besides I view it as a challenge.

Speaking of odd concoctions, for dessert I took leftover Mexican Rice Pudding from VwaV and mixed in a cup of flour, 1/2 cup oatmeal and 2 Tbs oil. I formed these into balls and cooked them in a 375 degree oven for about 15 minutes. The result was a tasty little cookie.


Melanie Rimmer said...

That sounds really nice. I love French onion soup.

I had a similiar situation a few days ago, and my sister made me a sort-of-paella with some leftover rice, a couple of frozen salmon fillets that had dried out a bit in the freezer, but we chopped them into cubes and threw them in with the rice, some pancetta leftover from another recipe and some frozen peas and sweetcorn. It was delicious, and I said I loev it when there's nothing for dinner.

Gavi said...

What great ideas! I have to admit that this is my weak area. I would have run out to the store to buy something.

Thanks for inspiring me!

Anonymous said...

Nice to see you post again! I hope this weeks CSA gives you a lot of variety to work with!!


Anonymous said...

It seems the most creative meals come when there's less available to choose from. Kudos to pulling off a tasty meal that the family enjoyed!

Barbara said...

I love it when you get creative!