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"Free" Meals -Use it Up

So, I always have all kind of odds and ends in my pantry, fridge, and freezer, pretty much all of the time. I'm wondering what kinds of unplanned meals you make out of odds and ends. Right now, I have so much pasta in so many different shapes. I have tons of dried lentils and beans. I have canned black beans--3 cans. I have brown rice, quinoa, barley, millet. I always have eggs and bread and about 5 kinds of cheeses. Sometimes I may have chicken that I got on sale and leftover frozen veggies. I always have tons of canned tomatoes. I also generally have bits of all kinds of fresh veggies lying around, plus lots of seasoning and condiments.

This doesn't have to be specific to my ingredients. I'm just trying to get some ideas and see what others throw together from stuff they have lying around. I'm sick of having unused stuff around all of the time.

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      1. Salads with either pasta or grains

        1. With extra beans and grains and eggs I make cholent
          Old veggies and chicken and rice I make chicken soup with rice

          1. The dishes I make to use up leftovers are: soup, salad, stir fry. You can also add all sorts of things to chili.

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            1. re: sueatmo

              I wish I liked chili with beans. I would totally do that.