I am not a person who likes leftovers but I also hate wasting food. I like when I can make something totally different with what I have in the fridge to trick my picky taste buds into thinking their eating something new. This post isn't a great example of that (I've seen Rachel Ray work some serious leftover magic) but for me it's fun to see what ideas other people have for quick easy dinners so I thought some of you might, too. This is a somewhat modified What I Ate Wednesday (#WIAW) and just lets me explain my somewhat ordinary, repetitive, yet satisfying dinners I have eaten so far this week. The struggle is real, people. Dietitians have to eat, too and we don't always want to cook.
On Sunday I made a salad with the remains of my fridge and pantry. This included the last bits of lettuce, a few fresh berries I had bought for smoothies on their last legs, grilled shrimp from the freezer (yes, the last 5 of them), canned black beans and I made a small cheese quesadilla with the last two tortillas I keep in the freezer and a little shredded cheese. It was seriously delicious!
|Reusing an old photo of a similar salad, forgive me, I was hungry.|
I had literally wiped out my stock for dinner on Tuesday so before going to get groceries I ate a bowl of brown rice, beans and grilled corn topped with a little salsa and ranch. I'll admit it was a somewhat sad little meal and I originally had higher hopes for that dinner but turned out I had no cheese, no tomatoes or lettuce left! What's a girl to do besides immediately head to the grocery store and go a teensy bit crazy in the produce isle. No photo necessary, trust me.
Keeping the Mexican theme alive this week, Tuesday I used the remaining rice and beans to make a sort of "burrito bowl on a plate." I grilled up a piece of salmon and layered it on top of the brown rice, beans and some chopped greens. I like to keep frozen mango on hand which always makes it easy to whip up my Mango Salsa (see here for the recipe).
|It's amazing how much better I eat the day after food shopping.|