Friday, June 25, 2010

Leftover WIN!

One tip that I always encounter for making your food go farther is to find "creative" ways to use your leftovers. 

Up till now, my creativity only extended to the reheat button on the microwave.  But, on this epic Friday, I actually branched out.  (A bit.)

Since Silas is gone for a couple weeks, our fridge is filling up with Tupperware containers of leftovers.  Part of it is from before he left.  And part of it stems from the fact that when I'm bored, I don an apron.

Silas usually takes leftovers to work or at least helps me eat them.  Tesla isn't really much use, although he did eat some of the hummus today with his rice cakes. 

So today, I open the fridge.  There are two problems:

(1) there is no more room for me to store all the meals I make out of boredom

(2) all of our Tupperware is currently sitting in the fridge.  There is nothing for me to even store the food in.

One of the biggest issues is a huge bowl of quinoa tabbouleh. 

I made it a week or so ago and have been reluctant to eat it because in spite of all the herbs and extra ingredients I enthusiastically tastes like nothing.  I don't want to throw it out, but it is taking up our biggest bowl.

I've been dutifully eating it, bit by bit, adding cumin and hot sauce to make it more palatable.  But I know there has to be a better way.

And then it hits me.  A quesadilla!  Or a tabbouleh-dilla.

Since I don't want to use any queso, I search the fridge for something to replace the cheese.  Something creamy and spreadable.

Perfect!  Leftover spinach hummus, which, by itself, is not too exciting.  It needs more salt, more garlic, and a few tablespoons of lemon juice.  (I was out when I made it.)

Although each food was, by itself, quite bland, they combined to make a (REALLY REALLY) tasty "quesadilla". 

I didn't expect much, but this is something I will absolutely eat again.  Of my own volition.  Leftover win.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so the same way! I hate throwing out anything, and I will keep eating on a recipe even if it doesn't that great. However, I have to say that your quesadilla creation looks amazing and sounds very tasty. Way to spice up two leftovers and make them into something delicious! Hope you were able to clear up some space in the fridge. :)