We wouldn’t wish a winter storm or the power outages that come along with them on anyone, but we’re all about making the best out of a bad situation. Once you have your emergency kit all squared away, take a peek in your fridge. These 19 wickedly delicious recipes will help take care of any leftovers and perishables you might find within, so nothing will go to waste. Too much food to take care of on your own? Talk about a great opportunity to invite nearby friends and neighbors over for the ultimate storm-prep potluck.
1. Chicken, Broccoli and Artichoke Meatballs: Use lean cooked chicken, chopped broccoli and artichoke hearts to make these hearty and healthy meatballs. Sneak a little extra veggie action on the plate by serving ’em over spaghetti squash. (via Health Starts in the Kitchen)
2. Pulled Pork Sweet Potato Hash: Tender pulled pork hash makes for one awesome meal no matter what time of day it is. Give it a go with whatever leftover meat you have on hand; it works equally well with shredded chicken and beef. (via 2Teaspoons)
3. Vanilla Ice Cream Snack Cake: Couldn’t rescue the ice cream before it melted? No worries. As long as it hasn’t spoiled, all is not lost. Use it in this super easy cake made with only five ingredients. (via Savoury Table)
4. Smokey Lentil and Sweet Potato Tacos (Vegan): Serve the lentil and sweet potato mix as a stew one night and in tacos the next. Take things to the next level by topping either dish to your heart’s content with the usual suspects: salsa, sour cream, cheese and whatever else your fridge holds. (via Vegan Richa)
6. Buttermilk Bread Pudding: A great way to use up buttermilk and stale bread, this pudding drizzled with a whiskey-boosted caramel sauce makes for a wonderful dessert or breakfast. (via Swim, Eat, Repeat)
7. Leftover Turkey Congee: Made with just a turkey (or chicken) carcass, water and rice, this bowlful of comfort is the epitome of budget-friendly cooking. It’ll warm your bones up right. (via The Woks of Life)
8. Carrots and Chicken Patties: Made with a bit of this and that from the produce drawer, these patties are a great alternative to chicken nuggets and are equally kid-friendly to boot. (via Bon Appet’Eat)
9. Veggie-Packed Quiche (Paleo): Did you stock up on eggs for some serious snow day baking only to have the power threatening to go out? Not to worry. This quiche (or frittata if you make it sans crust) will take care of a whole dozen, plus a bagful of frozen spinach at the same time. (via A Clean Bake)
10. Homemade Gnocchi With Peas and Bacon: It’d be a shame to let mashed potatoes and bacon go to waste. Whip up a batch of fluffy gnocchi and enjoy the tender-crisp textural contrast in every bite. (via The Kitchen Wife)
13. Beer-Soaked Chili Cheese Fries: Stretch out the last bowlful of chili by serving it over beer-soaked, oven-baked potato batons. Everyone will want to get in on the loaded fry action. (via Back to Her Roots)
15. Pulled Turkey Sandwiches: Are you feeling saucy? Then these sandwiches are for you. Each shred of turkey is generously coated with a homemade barbecue sauce that comes together with ingredients you already have stocked in your pantry. (via The Farmer’s Daughter)
17. Simple Waffles With Blueberry-Cardamom Sauce (Gluten-Free): You’ll want to spoon this homemade (frozen) blueberry sauce scented with lemony cardamom over waffles, biscuits and so much more. (via Heart Beet Kitchen)
18. Green Vegetable Pesto Pizza: Got a whole bunch of green veggies to offload? Save the juice for another day and whip up this pizza that’s absolutely packed with produce (including the crust!). (via To Her Core)
19. Leftovers Grilled Cheese: Piled high with leftover slices of turkey, plus avocado, cheese, bacon and tomatoes, this pressed grilled cheese sandwich is a brilliant way to clean out the fridge. (via Brit + Co)
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