Turn Your Scraps into Supper: Six Fridge-Cleaning Recipes

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Use up all those odds and ends in the crisper drawer, the dairy section--every nook and cranny. A link of chorizo? Chop it up and throw it in a soup. A bunch of kale? Saute it and toss with pasta. Here are six dishes that can mold themselves around whatever you've got.

Image Credit: Tina Rupp

Frittata

This dish isn't just for brunch--with side salad and a glass of wine, it's a satisfying light dinner. Plays well with: leftover charcuterie, cheese, and veggies. Whip ten eggs, throw it all in a skillet, bake in the oven, done.

Recipes:
Mushroom Leek, and Fontina Frittata (shown)
Onion Frittata
Frittata with Bacon, Fresh Ricotta, and Greens

Image Credit: Brian W. Ferry

Pasta

There's not much that can't go into a pasta. Even lettuce works, as proven above. And with the right technique, you can make an easy sauce to bring it all together.

Recipes:
Pasta with Peas, Asparagus, Butter Lettuce, and Prosciutto (shown)
Orecchiette with Kale and Breadcrumbs
Cauliflower Pasta with Pecorino, Grated Egg, and Pine Nuts

Image Credit: Lisa Hubbard

Stir-Fry

A screaming hot pan can take it all--beef, chicken, noodles, rice, vegetables, jarred sauce--and turn it into a filling meal. And don't limit yourself to Asian flavors--check out this chicken, asparagus and wild mushroom dish for inspiration.

Recipes:
Steak and Soba Stir-Fry (shown)
Stir-Fried Lettuces with Crispy Shallots
Chicken, Asparagus, and Wild Mushroom Stir-Fry

Image Credit: Brian W. Ferry

Salad

You've heard of a kitchen sink salad: take everything you have, chop it up, and throw it on lettuce. Couldn't be simpler. Just be sure to make a killer homemade dressing.

Recipes:
Wilted Greens Salad with Squash, Apples, and Country Ham (shown)
Kale Salad with Walnuts and Soft-Boiled Eggs
Asparagus and Red Quinoa Salad

Image Credit: Ditte Isager

Soup

Veggies tend to work best, here, but rotisserie chicken, sausage, and bacon also make good soup fellows. And don't underestimate that lean Parmesan rind: throwing it in to simmer will give a soup umami-packed depth.

Recipes:
Italian Vegetable Stew (shown)
Lemony Chicken and Orzo Soup
Udon Noodle Soup with Vegetables

Image Credit: Ditte Isager

Sandwich

If all else fails, throw whatever you've got between two slices of bread. Or into a pita. Or a tortilla.

Recipes:
Greek Salad Pita Sandwiches (shown)
Warm Chicken Sandwiches with Mushrooms, Spinach, and Cheese
End of the Week Deli Sandwich

Image Credit: Tina Rupp

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Spring is here! Which means you want to scour every surface of your house, purge your wardrobe of stuff you haven't worn in over a year, and remove dust bunnies to make room for the Easter bunny. But there's one place in your house that you dread cleaning, not knowing what lurks behind its deceptively pure, white door.

No, it's not your bathroom sink. It's your refrigerator.

Baby steps. The first one: use up all those odds and ends in the crisper drawer, the dairy section--every nook and cranny. A link of chorizo? Chop it up and throw it in a soup. A bunch of kale? Saute it and toss with pasta. Check out the slideshow above for six dishes that can mold themselves around whatever you've got.

Well, except for that funky jar of old mayo. But you'll deal with that later.

Check out the slideshow above to find six fridge-cleaning recipes to turn scraps into supper.

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