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The Story of an Onion and a Pepper

Posted Aug 06 2010 7:36am

I feel like a broken record saying I’ve had a busy summer – lots of traveling to fun places on the weekends which has meant not a lot of grocery shopping or cooking during the week.  But, healthy eating during the week is one of the keys to balancing my fun weekends so I really try to make it a priority.

This past week was mission: use up everything in my fridge.

  • Vidalia onion
  • Yellow bell pepper
  • Tomato
  • Mushrooms
  • Avocado
  • Corn tortillas
  • Tiny hunk of cheddar cheese

With this random list of ingredients, I came up with three great, different meals!

Night #1: First, I sliced the vidalia onion and the bell pepper and sauteed them.  They became the base for each meal.  So picture some peppers and onions in a pan – here’s what happened…

I removed 1/2 cup of the onion & pepper mixture and diced it.  Then, I foraged in the freezer to get rid of some frozen veggies that had probably been in there for too long :-o

I made some succotash, using frozen okra & corn and half of the fresh tomato mixed with the diced onions & peppers.

I loosely followed a recipe from Cooking Light but it didn’t turn out that great honestly, so I’m not going to share – is anyone else not into the sliminess of okra?

Anyway, the sliced onions and peppers are still in the pan, remember?  Half goes into a container and into the fridge.  Half stays in the pan and mushrooms are added with a sprinkle of chili powder and cumin and then into the fridge.

Night #2: After broiling two corn tortillas in the oven for a few minutes, top them with the mushroom mixture and the cheese and broil again until the cheese is melted – tostadas!  With an avocado boat on the side (just diced avocado, tomato, lime juice and sea salt tossed and put back in the avocado shell).

Night #3: And the rest of the onions and peppers?  Just tossed with a grilled Italian turkey sausage, also from the depths of my freezer.  :-)

And that is how a random list of ingredients turned into some yummy dinners!

This coming weekend is all about celebrating the bf’s birthday – I’ll be whipping up a yummy birthday treat for him but can’t reveal what it is yet (in case he reads).    Will share later.  ;-)

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