Last on the must-go refrigerator blowout list: a few slices of bacon, carrots and celery, and half a jar of tomato bruschetta. I like recipes that use meat as a condiment more than the main event to orchestrate sides around; a few slices will go a long way to season a big bowl of veg; a single crumbled Italian or chorizo or even chicken sausage would do the trick too.
When I saved this photo, I titled it “Bean Thing”; I can’t call it a soup (although it has the potential to be), nor rightly a stew, but it’s a chunky meal-in-a-bowl that has nice soppable juices for a grainy bun and will help you meet your daily vegetable quota.
I’ve made this before with canned tomatoes, but not wanting to open a can when there are fresh tomatoes and tomato products to be used up I chopped up two small fresh tomatoes and added half a jar of tomato-garlic bruschetta.
The best part of dinner was the snack I ate while making it: a spinach salad (quelle surprise) that was really just spinach leaves with the cold goat cheese gratin crumbled over it, and the rest of the balsamic vinaigrette. I had to sit down, it was so good.