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20 Delicious Things You Can Make Without An Exact Recipe

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Sometimes, cooking is less about using step-by-step recipes and exact measurements, and more about using up whatever ingredients you might have on hand.

Our friends at Food52 just launched an app called (Not)Recipes for that. It's a place where home cooks can share ideas and upload photos of what they're making and experimenting with in their own kitchens. Here are 20 of our favorite DIY picks from it.

1. Eggs and All the Veggies

This version uses avocados, kale, and cilantro — but you can use just about any greens you have handy. Learn more here.
Carey Nershi / f52.co

This version uses avocados, kale, and cilantro — but you can use just about any greens you have handy. Learn more here.

2. Salmon Marinated in Hot Sauce and Honey

Don't go down the internet rabbit hole of recipe hunting. Get your weeknight dinner inspo STAT. Learn more here.
TheDaleyPlate / f52.co

Don't go down the internet rabbit hole of recipe hunting. Get your weeknight dinner inspo STAT. Learn more here.

3. Roasted Carrots With Yogurt Sauce

Don't have yogurt? No problem. Ranch or another dressing works too. Learn more here.
add1tbsp / f52.co

Don't have yogurt? No problem. Ranch or another dressing works too. Learn more here.

4. Frittata-ish

Not a scramble, not quite a frittata. Learn more here.
Ashley Rodriguez / f52.co

Not a scramble, not quite a frittata. Learn more here.

5. Kitchen Sink Grain Bowl

1) Empty what's left in your refrigerator. 2) Throw those things into a bowl over grains. Voilà! Learn more here.
Melina Hammer / f52.co

1) Empty what's left in your refrigerator. 2) Throw those things into a bowl over grains. Voilà! Learn more here.

6. Pasta With Yogurt

Yep, that title's correct. Give yogurt a chance with some off-road cooking. Learn more here.
Cynthia of Two Red Bowls / f52.co

Yep, that title's correct. Give yogurt a chance with some off-road cooking. Learn more here.

7. Not-Your-Ordinary BBQ

BBQ with a Vietnamese influence? Get outside your normal cooking routine here.
Peter Chlebak / f52.co

BBQ with a Vietnamese influence? Get outside your normal cooking routine here.

8. Matzo Brei = Matzo Fried With Eggs

Too much leftover matzo? We'll help you use it up. Learn more here.
Molly Yeh / f52.co

Too much leftover matzo? We'll help you use it up. Learn more here.

9. Kale Found Outside of Salad Form

See ya, kale caesar. This is the new way to kale. Learn more here.
Yotam Ottolenghi / f52.co

See ya, kale caesar. This is the new way to kale. Learn more here.

10. Spiralized Potato aka Potatoodles

Put your spiralizer to work with something other than zoodles. Learn more here.
TheDaleyPlate / f52.co

Put your spiralizer to work with something other than zoodles. Learn more here.

11. Salad for Breakfast

Stuck in a breakfast rut? Get out of it here.
Madeline Hall / f52.co

Stuck in a breakfast rut? Get out of it here.

12. Poached Asparagus and Red Onions

Poaching isn't just for eggs. Learn how to freestyle here.
Phyllis Grant / f52.co

Poaching isn't just for eggs. Learn how to freestyle here.

13. Kale Salad With the *Most* Colorful Veggies

Sometimes cooking is ~more or less~ assembling. Master the art here.
Vibrantandpure / f52.co

Sometimes cooking is ~more or less~ assembling. Master the art here.

14. Cabbage in Salad Form

Do you only associate cabbage with corned beef? We'll let you in on a secret: Cabbage isn't just for St. Patrick's Day. Learn more here.
Hetty McKinnon / f52.co

Do you only associate cabbage with corned beef? We'll let you in on a secret: Cabbage isn't just for St. Patrick's Day. Learn more here.

15. Spring Dinner Salad

A kitchen-sink springtime salad that will *actually* keep you full. Learn more here.
emilyc / f52.co

A kitchen-sink springtime salad that will *actually* keep you full. Learn more here.

16. Grilled Cauliflower Salad

Get your grill on as we head into summer. Learn more here.
Lauren Caris Cooks / f52.co

Get your grill on as we head into summer. Learn more here.

17. Lamb Chops With Noodles and Veggies

An easy, filling way to use up those greens. Learn more here.
Shelley / f52.co

An easy, filling way to use up those greens. Learn more here.

18. Pasta With Garlic, Pepper Flakes, and Breadcrumbs

DIY pasta night by way of your leftover pantry items. Learn more here.
Alexandra Stafford / f52.co

DIY pasta night by way of your leftover pantry items. Learn more here.

19. Rice With Onions, Salami, Cheese, and Peas

Don't want to eat rice and peas with your kids? Learn how to make a grown-up version here.
Colu Henry / f52.co

Don't want to eat rice and peas with your kids? Learn how to make a grown-up version here.

20. Asparagus Cooked in Butter

Throw asparagus in pan. Add butter and seasoning. Side dish complete. Learn more here.
Melina Hammer / f52.co

Throw asparagus in pan. Add butter and seasoning. Side dish complete. Learn more here.

For more (Not)Recipes, head here.

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