Meals On A Wing And a Prayer

In The Covered Bet, Diana leads a busy life and several times she can’t think what to cook for dinner. She goes to her pantry and her freezer to see what jumps out at her.

In many years of marriage I’ve done that at least twice a week. Sometimes the jumpers combined in a meal that turned out weird. Usually a casserole with too many veggie leftovers. Once in awhile, it turns out okay.

pantryraid1Above in my current freezer is a package of home-grown green beans and chicken parts I don’t have time to thaw. Besides, we had roast chicken for the last two days.


Here is my current pantry – canned salmon; onions; fresh potatoes, plus. Could make salmon loaf but not enough bread crumbs. Umm—I think I can squeak by with salmon scalloped potatoes, which means the beans can be our veggie and maybe we’ll have a small side salad, if there’s enough lettuce. This is like what my grandmother and my mom often served, not because they were busy at their outside job—they were frugal!

Here’s the easy-peasy recipe for three or four:

1 large & 1 small can salmon
4-5 large potatoes, scrubbed and sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced;
Dash salt
2 T butter
1 1/2 to 2 cups milk;
1 egg
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs

Remove skin and bones (some people like the calcium in the bones) from salmon and break into chunks.

In a well-oiled casserole, layer salmon, onion, potatoes & salt—begin and end w/ potatoes.
Dot with butter; Mix egg and milk & pour over everything—sprinkle crumbs on top.
Bake 375 degrees for 1 hour or until potatoes are done.

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7 thoughts on “Meals On A Wing And a Prayer

  1. Keep more food in the pantry! Potatoes are good any old way. You could make a salmon ball if you had cream cheese. You could make salmon patties with mashed potatoes in them. You can get the recipes on the computer. I like real salmon fillets cooked on the BBQ.

  2. This looks yummy. I never have canned salmon on hand, but the other ingredients, yes. I will try this. I think Larry would love it. Anything with potatoes is a favorite with him.

  3. Because my husband and I shop at Costco, we often have bits and pieces of things cluttering up the pantry shelves. So every week or so, I fall back on my go-to “pantry raid” dinner – a casserole. Here’s a favorite.

    “Mexican inspired” casserole:
    1 lb ground beef (or sausage, chicken, whatever’s in the freezer)
    1 onion, chopped
    1 can beans, drained and rinsed (any variety – black, red, kidney, cannellini. Rinsing is optional, but I don’t like the gooey stuff at the bottom of the can!)
    1 can corn, drained
    1 8 oz can tomato sauce (or use up that cup of spaghetti sauce; I’ve even used tomato soup upon occasion)
    Taco seasoning to taste

    Saute meat and onion until the meat is no longer pink. Add remaining ingredients, simmer for 15 minutes. Transfer to casserole dish; sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese (pretty much any cheese other than parmesan works for this dish).

    Prepare a package of cornbread mix according to directions; pour over top. Bake at 400 for 20-30 minutes, until cornbread is golden brown. Don’t have a cornbread mix? Use biscuit dough or a stuffing mix, prepared according to directions.

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