Kitchen Scraps Casserole




This recipe is from the Lanark County Food Bank-

Kitchen Scraps Casserole (makes 2-3 servings)


  1. In a large skillet or frying pan combine 1 grain, 1 vegetable, 1 meat/alternate, 1 liquid/soup and seasonings of your choice from the list below.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to low heat, then cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes. If the liquid dries up before the cooking time is complete, just add some water. You can also add extra liquid and turn your casserole into a soup or stew.
  3. Add a topping before serving.

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  • 2/3 cup uncooked or 1 ½ cups cooked rice
  • 1 cup uncooked or 2 cups cooked macaroni or other noodles

Hint: You can also break up long pasta such as spaghetti or lasagna noodles.

1 cup of fresh, frozen, canned or leftover vegetables such as:

  • Broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower
  • Celery, corn
  • Green or yellow beans
  • Mixed veggies
  • Mushrooms
  • Peas, peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips, zucchini
  • ½ cup cooked leftover meat (cubed if necessary)
  • ½ pound cooked ground meat
  • 7 ½ oz. can of tuna or salmon
  • 3 wieners
  • ¾ cup tofu (cubed)
  • ½ cup canned beans (e.g., chick peas, lentils, etc.)
  • 3 hard-boiled eggs (sliced)

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  • 10 oz. can of soup:

Tomato, cream of mushroom/chicken/celery soup, or your favourite soup, plus 1 can of water ( ½ can if grain is cooked)

  • 1 ¼ cups soup stock
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 ½ cups of canned tomatoes

½ to 1 tsp of:

  • Basil, oregano
  • Celery powder
  • Chives, parsley
  • Dill, thyme
  • Garlic or onion powder
  • Pepper, salt
  • Mint
  • Chili powder, curry powder
  • Bran
  • Bread/cracker crumbs
  • Croutons
  • Crushed cereal
  • Grated cheese
  • Sesame seeds / nuts
  • Tomato/cucumber slices
  • Crushed tortilla chips

Variation: You can also bake the casserole in an oven-safe glass dish at 350oF (180oC) for about 1 hour or until it is hot and bubbly.

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Rotini noodles, spinach, tomato, tuna, cream of celery soup, garlic powder, lemon zest.



garden fresh lasagna
Broken lasagna noodles, fresh zucchini, tomatoes, hamburger, cream of mushroom soup, garlic powder and oregano, grated cheese.
Recipe pilot tested by the Peel Community Food Advisors.
Images credit: Betty Crocker
Feature image: Food 52


Independent Store drop off –455 McNeely Ave Carleton Place


All sorts of people need the Lanark County Food Bank: families with children, employed people whose low wages do not cover basic living essentials, individuals on social assistance, and Canadians living on a fixed income, including seniors and people with disabilities.


Royal Bank Drop Off-  93 Bridge Street Carleton Place

When you do your groceries throw in a few extra things for the Lanark County Food Bank this week and next if you can. If your family enjoys, needs or uses it– then so will all their families.

Remember the Lanark County Food Bank gets NO government funding!

Please donate to:

Lanark County Food Bank
5 Allan Street
Carleton Place, ON K7C 1T1
(613) 257-8546
They also have  an opportunity to win 600 dozen eggs – please vote. This would mean a lot to a lot of people.
or here



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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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