There comes a time when we all try to be good and clear out the fridge or pantry. Sometimes we call it “everything but the kitchen sink” recipe or “fridge clearing” dish. What ever you decide to call it, we’ve all had this focus and ambition to make the most of leftovers. Waste is never our prerogative, so these moments when we attempt to make something edible out of small-batch ingredients can be either rewarding or just “meh”. That’s when it’s time for In-n-Out! Anyone with us!?
A few months we were heading out of town for a convention after two big back to back shoots. We were overloaded with small bits of almost every ingredient under the sun. You should have seen our studio. It was like a rainbow of vegetables all strewn between two refrigerators. In an attempt to polish off all our excess ingredients we called some family over for breakfast, lunch AND dinner. With a collection of hungry brothers, it’s really simple to have a fridge-clearing feast.
It’ll be your favorite Asian chopped chicken salad too. Just make it your own and go to town with it.
Toppled with what ever you want, this Asian chicken salad has all the base ingredients that we all love: grilled chicken breast, pineapple, crunchy lettuce, peanuts and a creamy peanut dressing. We had cucumbers and thought about adding it in, but decided to keep it simple and save the cucumber for another salad. How about some crumbed bacon? chopped boiled egg? chopped ham? tomatoes? chopped apples? avocado? Geez, the list can go on, especially if you haven’t had a fridge-clearing session in a long time.
After the fridge was finally cleared and everyone was fed, it felt so gratifying to make something out of what some would consider, nothing. Even the smallest amounts of ingredients can go a long way if you just become a little creative. And daring.
Do you have any favorite-fridge clearing recipes? Indulge us!
diane and todd
Yield: Serves 4
Total Time: 1 hour
This chicken salad recipe is so versatile, so have fun with it. You can add cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, apples, chopped boiled egg and even ham! Make it your own. Also, this dressing also makes a great dip. Just make it a little thicker for dips.