There's only one thing a person with this skill has to be and absolutely is. Creative. We are undoubtedly creative. We have to be. How else would someone discover the 12 million billion ways potatoes can be cooked. Those poor starches would be so boring and mashed without us.
Cook books shmook books. Who needs them when you have the mind of Picasso. We can make anything work. Leaving no bare to the eye cupboard behind. Personally, I step into the kitchen and picture my "Chopped Basket" (for those of you who don't know this is a highly motivating show on Food Network for those who seek to be creative in the kitchen. Plus it helps you stay humble because our refrigerators will never be as bad as what comes in those baskets sometimes). You've got what you got, so show your family your made of.
One of my go to's is the "We Need Groceries Skillet." This comes in a variety of different flavors of course all depending on what's left but, I will tell you it does have massive dependability on a can of diced tomatoes with chiles and eggs which, always seem to be lingering items in our pantry and fridge. Then you'll need a protein (I always use one with more original flavor, ham/sausage), a vegetable, and of course a potato is always welcome.
I start out by dicing and cooking the meat. Once that's cooked I take it out of the pan and add the vegetables (unless potatoes are joining the party I'll get those fried up first) and cook them to the consistency the fam likes to eat them (which is usually cooked but, still a slight crunch) of course add a little spice action (salt/pepper/garlic powder/onion powder are the usual). When the veggies are all good I add back the meat and cook for another minute or too. Next up the can a slightly drained diced tomatoes with chiles. Stir to mix and cook until heated through and some of the liquid as cooked out. Last but, not least, the eggs! I'll take 2-4 eggs (again, whatever we have left) and crack on top of the mix, turn the heat to low, and cover. Let it sit for a minute or too or until you can see the whites are cook. Not too long though, or your egg yolks will cook! You'll needs those ladies runny to break over the deliciousness underneath.