In trying to learn to cook for two, I’ve been experimenting with Jenn, the Left-Over Queen’s ideology of utilizing leftover’s in creative ways to keep from wasting food.
Last post, I showed you a fun and different way of making an everyday recipe – Meatloaf – into a surprising way to serve a comfort food; Meatloaf Cupcakes with Mashed Potato Frosting.
Since I’m only cooking for Bob and me right now, I didn’t use all the prepared ground meat mixture in the meatloaf. Instead, I saved it and made meatballs last night for meatball subs.
Yep, that’s right. I just used the same mix for the Meatballs as I used for the Meatloaf. I think Jenn would be so proud of me. Because the meat mixture is on the spicy side, I revved up the marinara sauce with some chipotle powder and a little extra garlic. Topped it off with some grated asadero, served it with some “leftover” pasta salad I had made the previous night to go with some BBQ chicken legs and Viola! Dinner is served.
Well, my leftover adventures didn’t stop there. My last Chocolate post was about a delicious Black and White Pound Cake. I made two loaves. We’ve been eating one and I had one in the freezer. I haven’t made any cookies lately and I’ve been craving something sweet. (I love COOKIES!) So I took the frozen Black and White Pound Cake out of its frozen sleep.
I didn’t want to just serve it to Bob the same way we had been eating it, so I decided to slice off the top – Vanilla (white) – half and make some Banana Pudding Parfaits. I used the same recipe I have used for Banana Pudding. But, instead of using vanilla wafers, I just cubed the pound cake top and used that along with some sliced bananas. Bob loved it – so did I.
So, there are no new recipes here, just recycled ones in a new light. Keep it simple, keep it comforting, keep it fun and don’t discard leftovers. When trying to stay in a budget and you’re cooking for two, just use a little imagination.
In Memory of 9-11.