What’s Cooking – Something from Nothing Dinner

From time to time I take a look into the fridge or stock cupboard and there is nothing to eat… actually there is a lot of things to eat but they do not really go together in any order that would create some meal that would be suitable for a dinner like meal.

One day last week was just one of those days…

The fridge was kind of full of stuff but nothing really resembled a dinner without some missing ingredient I could think off. Inevitably my first thought was “a take away it is”, but as there isn’t really a nice take away around us, we decided to look harder and simply create something from nothing… in the end this is what we came up with…

What’s Cooking – Something from Nothing Dinner


  • Couscous
  • 1 small tin of garden peas
  • 1 small tin of sweet corn
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 polish sausages (left from the night before)
  • spoonful of olive oil


Prepare couscous as per instruction on the pack but instead of water we added a nice chicken stock.

Chop sausage and onions and fry for a while, until onions are nicely coloured and the sausage is browned.

Drain the peas and sweetcorn and place in a serving bowl.

Add all other ingredients, mix well and serve.

What’s Cooking - Something from Nothing Dinner

It took us 10 minutes to do it. It was simple yet extremely tasty. Normally we would use a lot of “posh” ingredients to go with couscous like mozzarella cheese or sundried tomatoes but actually you can mix it with anything you like.

I am quite pleased we opted for such a “creative” option instead of a take away that evening, otherwise I would never have discovered that a few simple ingredients put together like this could create something so yummy.

I think from now on couscous will be joining my list of go to ingredients in cases of dinner emergencies.

Do you like couscous?

What is your favourite couscous combination?


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27 responses to “What’s Cooking – Something from Nothing Dinner

  1. Brilliant! I love meals like this. Born of the “Oh my goodness what AM I going to feed them?” panic, I’ve had some of best results this way. Looks delicious.

  2. Oh this looks wonderful! I think with the sausage it’s perfect and it’s making me feel very hungry now haha. x

  3. I love cous cous, it goes so well with all kinds of meals and it’s filling too.

  4. I have this problem sometimes too, there are many things in the fridge but they don’t go together :o) and then we create a meal from “nothing too” :o) we call it “shmick-shmack” and it sometimes is much tastier than a “real” meal :O)

    • I tried “shmick-shmack” today in a attempt to “clean” the fridge – smoked chicken and a few days old bean soup… didn’t go well together as much as I would like… let’s hope tomorrow some “real” meal will appear on my plate 🙂

  5. I do like cous cous and that looks really tasty – I’d love to try it with veggie sausages!

  6. Great way to save a bit of money and reduce waste. I love doing meals like this. (admittedly, some are better than others!)

  7. I think cous cous or quinoa pulls any ingredients together as well as tinned tomatoes I find :0)

  8. I usually chuck most things I have in the fridge into an omelette x

  9. my favourite kind of meal – something thrown together 😉

  10. I’m a cous cous fan here. I like to use it with a spicy vegetable or meat stew

  11. You know i have never cooked it at home – is it easy to do?

  12. I do this sometimes too. There isn’t much take away here and sometimes I just feel too lazy to go to the market to get all that I need to really cook something. So I just put everything together and hope to get something good out of it. sometimes it’s suprisingly good.

  13. I love this idea. Sometimes I have to throw things together when I don’t feel like grocery shopping.

  14. VaiChin

    I really love couscous, though the OH is not that keen. I will be trying this out though as it looks yum.

  15. Cous cous is one of our favourites. This recipe sounds wonderful and right up our street. We enjoy it with just a bit of butter as a side to lamb tagine or with some lemon squeezed into it to go with sweet mango chicken. Yum!

  16. rachelreallife

    Cous cous is so versitile though you do need to cook it with stock rather than plain water I find.

  17. I have just started to like Cous Cous and am not as adventurous to try something like this yet, lovely though it looks.

  18. I cannot persuade any of mine to try cous cous – I like it though

  19. Ah, couscous is a quick meal miracle, isn’t it?! We do the slightly more traditional version, only because I’m a rubbish cook given to no innovation! I think you’ve done brilliantly not ordering but using ingenuity to cook up a lovely homecooked meal 🙂 x

  20. emmysmummy

    That looks tasty. Often the meals you throw together are the tastiest

  21. To be honest, I’m not a massive cous cous fan, but this looks delicious

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