What's on hand. waste not, want not

When it comes to using up the food in my fridge before it spoils, I'd earn an "f." A big "F." My problem is over-buying & new recipes. That produce looked mighty tasty last week and was a fantastic price, so I bought twice as much as I needed. The leftovers were pushed to the back of the fridge and were forgotten. I actually had meat that I bought 2 years ago sitting in my freezer. Gross, gross. (Did I really just admit that??) I cleaned out my fridge this week. All the nasty old stuff was tossed and I felt horrible. What a waste of money! One of my goals for the month is to not waste food.

And then...I have a problem with recipes. I collect cookbooks; not officially, but my cookbook shelf seems to deem me a collector. And I read them for fun. And I want to make everything. It is an expensive hobby. I buy way to many ingredients and the recipes often don't use what I already have on hand. Another goal: limit the new recipes to one day a week.

Last night, I was trying to figure out how to use the kale, red peppers, pork and parmesan in my fridge. This is what I came up with. (After all the unappetizing talk of spoiled food...can you possibly be ready for a recipe?)

Hannah's Clean-out-the-Fridge Pork
1 pork tenderloin, sliced into 3/4 inch think pieces and slightly flattened with mallet
1 tbsp olive oil
1 smallish white onion
1 small bunch kale
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1/2 cup chicken broth
salt and pepper

Season pork with salt and pepper. Cook on skillet with 1 tsp olive oil until browned and yummy looking. Remove from heat and keep warm. Add remaining oil to skillet with onions, kale and chopped red pepper. Cook for 5-6 minutes and then add vinegar and chicken broth. Cook at a high temperature until liquid is almost gone. Serve with polenta and parmesan.


  1. Oh I can totally relate! I either try out a new recipe that calls for a random ingredient that they only have in a huge size in the store or I forget about my produce too! *sigh* menu planning helps though!
    And now you've given me a new recipe! lol
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Delicious and inspiring. Thanks!

  3. This looks delicious! Great Picture!


  4. I just have to tell you,
    as soon as pulled up your blog my 1 year old saw that picture and said mmmm. He is right, that looks yummy!

  5. I have this EXACT problem, so at least you know you're not alone. :)

  6. Looks delicious Hannah! Would love to feature it on www.canigettherecipe.com if you're keen! Let me know!

  7. Looks really yummmy. I have to come up with "clean-out-the-fridge" menues a lot when I am home at my parents house and my mom does the grocery shopping.

  8. I have this same problem! I really like to cook, especially new things so I plan an ambitious weekly menu and after work I rarely feel like spending more than 10 minutes on dinner. And I must admit I throw out way too much spoiled food. I've got to work on that!

  9. Mom was so talented at cleaning out the fridge meals. Yours is beautiful - I am sure it tastes as good as it looks.

  10. I also buy too much fruit or produce and then it goes to waste which I then feel guilty about when I throw it out. And the cookbooks...don't even get me started. I have a huge "collection" and I'm always trying new recipes. I do try to keep my new recipes down to 1-2/week. Your clean-out-the fridge pork looks very good and healthy.

  11. I have the same problem with veggies in my fridge. I fully intend to eat them when I buy them, but somewhere along the line the menu plan gets changed. This looks like a great clean-out the fridge meal!

  12. Hi Hannah!

    Your fabulous clean out the fridge recipe has been featured this week! You can check it out at www.canigettherecipe.com Have a great weekend!

  13. Can you share some polenta recipe and tips? I tried making it once and it just didn't turn out.


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