In my pantry today:

  • 1/2 c leftover chili
  • 1/2 c leftover take-home vegetable fajita mix
  • 1 packet Trader Joe’s Multigrain Pilaf
  • 1/2 c shredded cheese (“fiesta blend”)

This will be easier done than said. Put leftover veggies in chili pot, stir everything together. Open TJ packet and put in the bottom of a casserole dish. Top it with the chili/veggie mix then top that with cheese. Bake in a 350° oven for 15m, or until warmed through. The Trader Joe’s Multigrain Pilaf is a wonderful source of nutrition — it has been, for me, a full meal in itself before. There was so little leftover of the Mixed Race Chili and those vegetable fajitas from day before yesterday that all of it with the cheese is simply flavorful window dressing. This meal was so speedy and easy that I also had time to boil some bout-to-go blueberries into a marinade stock and bake some cookies with leftover home-made caramel peanut butter. Oh, and time to un/reload the dishwasher and make a pot of hot tea and one of rice for tomorrow. Score!


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