I love to cook.
Big, daring meals. Fattening, wholesome meals. I also fall prey to healthy and organic kicks, and maybe even a juice craze from time to time. While it’s all fun, I’ve noticed two habitual trends that I have developed.
I over – buy.
There, I have said it! The problem starts in the grocery store. I make lists, but I always somehow fill up my gargantuan grocery cart. Even if I grab a little basket, I’m panting and switching arms going down the aisles because I’ve maxed it out on space and weight.
I am obviously terrible at meal planning and/or portion control!
Then, I always seem to cook way too much rice, have leftover chicken for DAYS, went a little too happy with a buy one get one deal, etc. And there it is, staring at me every time I open the fridge or pantry.
Or, if I really love something, I might just eat 90% of it, leaving behind only remnants of yumminess lingering in the sides of my dish. But, so now what do I do with these leftovers? Leave them in my fridge until I finally have to toss them? Continue to push them back in my pantry until they are hiding from my site? Who wants to eat the same thing for 3 dinners straight. Not this girl!
I hate wasting food. I’m a faithful member at the clean plate club – maybe because I don’t like to be wasteful or maybe because I hate seeing dollars going in the trash can. But, there is only so many times a girl can ENJOY a meal she’s had every night this week.
So, I’m challenging myself to one night a week to make something from my leftovers. I’m calling it – The Forgotten Food: A Meal. One meal that I cook that week HAS to have some leftovers in it – whether it be food forgotten in the fridge or pushed back in the pantry. Maybe I was in a hurry in the grocery store, and don’t have everything I need for my meal, so I have to get a little creative. Maybe I have some left over Mac and Cheese that I’ve eaten every night that week, and it’s time to change it up. It may be made from a microwave, oven or stove top, but it has to be a meal made from things I already have. Y’all have to hold me to it!
Let’s see what I can create! This should be interesting!