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.
Yellow bell pepper
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
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. ;-)