Several years ago, using the only savory items I had on hand, I sautéed a can of tuna and a bunch of spinach in garlic and olive oil. Added a bit of salt and served it over pasta. I have refined it a bit over the years (I use 2 cans of oil packed Italian tuna and have found that whole wheat linguine stands up well to the flavors. I also serve Parmesan cheese on the side for the kids and red pepper flakes for me), but it is now a weeknight staple at our house.
Many years ago, when the cupboard was almost bare and the pocketbook even barer, I put a couple cans of stewed sliced tomatoes into a pot and added fresh catfish (I think chunks, or else I cut it into pieces). I'm sure I added other spices/herbs as well. Served over rice after the fish 'stewed' for a while. WOW was that good!
This became a staple (with variations depending on whatever I had in the house - I specifically recall include adding sliced black and/or green olives, capers, sauteed onions, black beans... I'm sure I tried baby clams as well. It was always good!)
It'd be good over pasta, too, but there's something about tomatoes and rice that is very appealing to me.
Last edited by RebeccaK; 09-27-2010 at 06:48 AM.
A few months ago, I woke up hungry (a rarity for me) and decided to cook breakfast. I had frozen precooked potatoes, some breakfast sausage, milk, flour, some onion, and cheese. I turned it into a really good breakfast casserole. Now I make it all the time, and I've added cheese, red pepper flakes, or had it with eggs or biscuits. It's one of my family's favorite meals.