“Empty the Fridge” Fall Stir-Fry

November 30, 2011 at 3:54 pm 5 comments

I’ve been on a mission to use up a majority of the remaining items in our fridge so they don’t go to waste before the move. I have to accept a few items will have to be thrown away (sad!) but with a little creativity, yummy and inventive dishes came be born…

So what to do with a one serving portion of frozen turkey, 1/4 of a cooked squash, the remaining container of spinach and leftover white beans? Make an easy stir-fry!

This recipe serves one, but after I finished lunch, I wished I’d made a larger portion — I was more than happy with this healthy but hearty one-dish meal! I finished the stir-fry with a drizzle of roasted tahini, which paired beautifully with the squash, meat and veggie combo! Don’t skip the tahini, it takes this humble dish over the edge 🙂

“Empty the Fridge” Fall Stir-Fry


2 tsp coconut oil (or butter or oil)
3 to 4 oz ground turkey, chicken, beef or your favorite meat substitute (crumbled tofu?)
1/4 cup sliced onion (1/4 of a small onion)
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 of a small cooked kabocha squash, cubed (about 1 cup) or any winter squash
handful of greens – spinach, chard, collards or kale (about 1 cup)
1/4 cup cooked white beans (or your favorite beans)
1 tsp sesame seeds
dash of crushed red pepper, optional
sea salt and ground pepper to taste
roasted (or raw) tahini, for drizzling (I eyeballed but used approx. 1 -2 Tbsp)


1. In a medium skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add the ground meat and the onions and cook until meat is no longer pink cooked through, about 3 minutes.

2. Add garlic and cooked squash and cook for another two minutes, stirring occassionally. Add greens and white beans and saute for another few minutes until greens are wilted and squash starts to brown.

3. Sprinkle sesame seeds over the skillet and toss the combine. Season with salt and pepper. When serving, drizzle tahini over the stir-fry and enjoy!

Serves one but could be doubled, tripled or quadrupled if desired

Entry filed under: Beef & Red Meat, Chicken & Poultry, Gluten Free, Main Dish, Refined Sugar Free. Tags: , , , , , , .

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Sonia The Healthy Foodie  |  December 1, 2011 at 8:08 am

    This looks GOOD! I wish I could whip up dishes that looked that good when I empty my fridge… 🙂

    • 2. naturalnoshing  |  December 1, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      Oh but you can! Sonia, you are miss creative in the kitchen and you have a knack for flavor combos! I am totally confidant you could come up with some fabulous dishes when you empty your fridge 🙂

  • 3. Cara  |  December 1, 2011 at 9:05 am

    This is not what my creativity comes up with when trying to use all the ingredients in my fridge. I usually have some beans, a packet of ketchup, pickles and frozen peas on my plate 🙂 You can come over any time and rummage through my stuff and make me a delicious leftovers meal!

    • 4. naturalnoshing  |  December 1, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      HAHA I’d be happy to! Oh you make me smile – frozen peas and beans could make a lovely base for a soup or a stir-fry too…not sure about the ketchup and pickles though..that has been stumped 🙂 I am big on skillet dishes, throw ingredients in and add some spices and/or herbs and you have a meal!

  • 5. Sausage Pumpkin Pizza « Natural Noshing  |  January 10, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    […] throwing away items that wouldn’t make it with us to Helena. I made random meals including my empty the fridge fall stir-fry (that I’ve remade several times) including this pumpkin […]


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