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



Missing Food- A Real-Life Scary Tale

About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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