Thursday, November 11, 2010

Cooking with Empty Cupboards!

Well, I obviously need to get to the grocery store stat! Alas, we had a bit of a rough day getting my little man down for his naps but he FINALLY is so I'm obviously stuck for the time being but I have a minute to throw something together. I had NOTHING in my cupboards but a bunch of miss-mash ingredients and three boxes of Hamburger Helper I've had enough Hamburger Helper in the last few weeks that I was determined to have a home cooked meal. Here's what I came up with... 

Bear with me here.... I was desperate!
Makeshift Shepherd's Pie
  • 1 or 2 chicken breasts (I only had one?!)
  • 1 can each of Green Beans, Corn & Mushrooms (I also added a handful of frozen peas I had)
  • Egg noodles (any kind of pasta would probably work though)
  • Instant potatoes
  • Tortilla chips 
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Fresh minced garlic
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
     Boil chicken until cooked through - set aside to cool. Crush tortilla chips. Boil noodles according to directions, drain and place in 9x13 pan. Mix in veggies and mushrooms. Shred cooled chicken with two forks and add to mixture. Mix in garlic, salt and pepper. Make instant mashed potatoes according to directions but add a little extra water (or milk) to make them a little more thin. Add to chicken mixture. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and with crushed tortilla chips. Bake on 350 until heated through and tortilla chips are browned. Enjoy!!!

I didn't have a 9x13 because mine literally exploded in my oven about 3 weeks ago 
so my crock pot worked ok?!

I'm not gonna lie... it was missing... something?!?! I'm not sure what though. But with what I had it turned out pretty good. Maybe a nice glass of Semillion or Chardonnay would have perked it up a little but I digress... To do list for tomorrow includes a trip to the grocery store!!!!

~Vino Vixen~


  1. I usually put some tomatoes or marinara sauce in mine. Do you think that would have helped?

  2. Thanks mrs.messi - I'll have to try that if I ever find myself with empty cupboards again :) Go figure I had some diced tomatoes too! Dang it!