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Double-Duty Cheese & Broccoli Bake

In my pantry today:

  • 3 c raw broccoli tops
  • 2 c leftover hibachi rice
  • 1 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 c shredded mozzerella
  • 3 saved packets of Chik-Fil-A® croutons
  • 2 c unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Greek seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp asafoetida
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon

By gum, if there’s any way to make copious amounts of cheese a healthy addition to the human diet I will find it. Today was a battle I won with the tools of a mad, desperate woman. And also a lot of cheese. Start out by cutting your florets from the stem and pick apart most with your fingers so that various sizes of broccoli exist in your casserole dish. Set aside and move to a small sauce pan that’s melting your butter. Once melted, add milk, garlic paste and seasonings. Stir in cheeses and rice; once stirred, pour over the eagerly awaiting broccoli. Mix everything together real good ‘n stuff, then crumble the croutons in their packets and sift out over the fray. Cover and bake at 350° for 30-45 minutes. Because I am some kind of elitist, apparently, about vegetable texture I can only give this 3 spoons. If you enjoy broccoli at this color and consistency, godspeed.

 

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Leftover Soup: Springtime Edition

In my pantry today:

Whatever you didn’t eat off the hen the other day needs to go, bones ‘n all, into a large stock pot with enough water to barely cover and 1 tbsp salt. Bring to a boil on MH then reduce heat to ML and let cook all day… then you’ve got two main options: let it cool and pick out all the bones, or at the end of the night put it into the fridge because you’ve got no time to pick the carcass clean and also make sure the dishes are out of the sink but oh god first you’ve got to unload the dishwasher and its late so maybe tomorrow.  I chose the latter.

So today I warmed the pot a little, strained out the broth (set aside) and picked the carcass clean. Put picked meat (I had about 1c) with the previously-vegetarian lentil dish; bring 2-2.5 c of the broth (you should have about 4c left to freeze) to a boil on MH and, once rolling, turn heat to L and add the solids. Serve over room-temperature rice; since it’s fully cooked, don’t mix it in prior to serving or risk a bowl of swollen snooge — the broth will heat it. 5 spoons! I am just about drained of my own (spoons, that is), and this was a great way to make a delicious chilly weather meal that’s full of nutrients (phyto- and otherwise) and the Don’tYouWasteMe fridge gang. The only way this could’ve ended up more Smack Yo Mama good is with the addition of cayenne or hot red chili powder.

Leftover Lunch (& More Oven-Fried Broccoli)

In my pantry today:

  • 2 c leftover Basmati rice
  • 3 tbsp minced onion
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp kala jeera
  • 1 tbsp ground golden flax seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp asafoetida

I’m making more oven-fried broccoli for lunch. It was, indeed, delicious enough to warrant an immediate do-over, but just broccoli makes for a lonely lunch. What to do?

Fluff up that cold half-pot of rice from the fridge. Put onion and jeera in a cold pan with your butter and crank it to M. Once the butter is melted, reduce heat to L and let sit for as long as you got — I’ll have had about an hour under my belt before I move to the next step:

Go ahead and have your seasonings mixed together in a dainty cup or some such nonsense. Turn the pan back up to M and begin mixing in rice with the seasoning blend. Fluff and stir until everything is warm, the serve under the much esteemed broccoli. Bazow! 5 spoons!

 

Hamming it Up in Hamtown, or “Who Needs an Entire BAG of Bones?”

In my pantry today:

  • 1 meaty hambone, ceremoniously frozen after its Christmas gifting from Mom and Dad
  • 1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can “Italian” flavored diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can green beans
  • 1 15 oz can corn
  • 1 15 oz can chicken broth
  • 2 c leftover cabbage
  • 2 tsp asafoetida
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 4 c water

Oh, the meaty hambone! It’s from one of them-there high-end holiday hams, so it’s definitely not got any such sort of canned or “poor” taste. As someone who falls under the poverty line I find this increases the flavor, and only serves to justify my “Mostly” form of vegetarianism.

Put everything in a big pot. Cook it for a day or more on L after bringing it to occasional slow boils. Make sure you also stir at intervals while inhaling deeply of its promising odor. This particular pot has been on the stove for two days and will be quite proud by that at dinner time.

5 spoons. One can nearly never best a good hambone.

Ataraxic Amalgam!

In my pantry today:

Yep, just put it all in one pot.

Well, not the pasta: cook that separately and add to your bowl personally before the soup hits it. This allows control over your al dente preference.

And maybe wait until the last minute before adding the spinach, y’know, to help it retain a little of its #3fff00 dignity.

3-4 spoons depending on whether or not you add “love.”

Three Animals and a Vegetarian Walk Into a Bar…

In my pantry today:

  • 1.5 c leftover cabbage
  • 1 can vegetable broth
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 1 packet brown gravy mix
  • 1 tbsp. corn starch
  • 1 c. sliced raw spinach
  • 1 small carrot, poorly but thinly sliced
  • 2 c cooked Basmati rice

So there’s probably some cabbage leftover from last night’s jaunt down Stovetop Highway. Put it back on the stove, then pause and take a thoughtful moment for yourself. You deserve it.

While the pot is still cold (but warming to H) throw in your second six above ingredients. Stir until it is a murky brown mess, and bring it to a boil while not failing to stir regularly. Once the bubbles begin to appear, reduce heat to ML and let simmer until the carrots are at your preferred crunchsistency. Serve over rice while pondering how a pig, chicken and cow can get along so well with a can of vegetable broth. You might feel a twinge of animal gluttony shame, but this will taste enough like beef stew on a cold evening to negate any moral or ethical concerns.

Mexicasseroleftovers!

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!