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From the Fridge: Kale and Left Over Beef Skillet

Every man should know how to cook.  You don’t have to be the Next Food Network Star and watching the Cooking Channel won’t make you a better cook.  You have to get off the couch and get your ass in to the kitchen and start cooking.

I personally know a couple of guys who can’t cook an egg or make rice.  That, to me, is sad. This is why I started From the Fridge recipes.  These recipes don’t take rocket science or a food degree.  It takes creativity and knowing the basics

While you may not always have all the ingredients to follow this specific recipe, you do have ingredients in your fridge you can use to cook up something for yourself.


It seems many of my From the Fridge recipes come during mornings when my wife asks if I could make her home lunch.  Sometimes I think she is more interested to see what sort of surprise I can cook up for her.  Usually, it’s just as much of a surprise for me than it is for her.

Here are simple steps to follow when creating your own From the Fridge Recipes:

  1. Find your vegetables
  2. Include a protein
  3. Don’t forget your garlic (Yes, I love garlic.  Who doesn’t?)
  4. and flow with any other ingredients that may come up

IMG_4925After the cast iron skillet heated up, I tossed in the chopped vegetables and began to sauté them.

Like I said, sometimes you have to flow with things. I looked back in the fridge to see what else I could add in. That particular morning I saw we had some leftover baked potatoes and a bag full of Kale.  I took them out, gave them a quick chop, and added them into the skillet. It’s important to keep your From the Fridge recipes simple. I go for less than 10 ingredients.

You are trying too hard if you add more than 10 ingredients. Flavor is found through simplicity.


Once the vegetables are all cooked and the kale cooked down, I added in a left over beef burger patty just to warm through.  This is when I seasoned the rest of the dish with red pepper flakes, oregano, salt and pepper.

“What’s for lunch today?” my wife asked.

“Not too sure, but it smells good.” I replied.

She came over to see what I concocted together and said, “Looks good.”

“If it looks good, eat it, right?” I said quoting Andrew Zimmerman, one of our favorite TV Food Hosts.

“Did you taste it?” my wife asked.

“Nope, that’s what you are for.”

I did give it a taste and like I mentioned before – I was surprised.

Dive into your fridge and see what sort of meal you put together.  Fellas, if you see cooking as a daunting task, From the Fridge meals are a good way get your feet wet in to the cooking world.

From the Fridge: Kale and Left Over Beef Skillet


  • Asparagus
  • Onions
  • Mini Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Kale
  • Baked Potato
  • Left over hamburger patty
  • Preferred seasoning


Chop your vegetables and add them to a hot cast iron skillet with 2 tbsp of olive oil.  Once the vegetables are cooked through after 5 minutes or so, you will know when the onions are translucent, add in the chopped baked potato. You can add it earlier for it to have a little crisp on the outside.

Add one handful of Kale and cook it down for 3 minutes.  Throw in the chopped up beef patty to warm through and season to your liking.  Make sure to add the meat at the end. You don’t want to cook it more.  Plate and serve.

Eat up!