Saturday, August 20, 2011

20 Minute Clean Out The Fridge Lunch!


I love clean out the fridge meals..!  Unfortunately they aren't something you can write as a recipe since they are different every time.. BUT..  I hope that those of you who read this blog (is anyone still out there?) will trust your own cooking intuition and experiment!  Frankly, most of my very favorite foods have come from this type of cooking.  Use what you have. Don't be afraid to throw crazy flavors together and by all means, substitute ingredients!

 (lately I've been using white vinegar in place of most acids with wonderful results)

I sprayed my beloved cast iron pan with cooking spray and sauted 1 small onion, 5 cloves garlic, lots of red pepper flakes, dried rosemary and 2 T quinoa for several minutes. Then I added 1 zucchini and some frozen veggies along with some Sun Dried Tomato Vinaigrette 1 cup of water.  1 cup of chickpeas and a handful of cilantro went in and I covered it, brought it to medium high heat for 20 minutes then stirred in fresh basil.  I topped it with nutritional yeast and Chipotle Sauce

I had this for lunch yesterday and again for dinner last night topped with yet another sauce/dressing I will be blogging about soon.  Let's just say that I love FACEBOOK! The ideas shared there are great... and I will admit that most of my online food stuff is taking place on my PAGE!   

Do you have a favorite clean out the fridge meal?

8 comments:

  1. Looks delicious. I'm learning to enjoy making 'clean out the fridge' meals and trust my creativity rather than having to follow recipes all the time. I did make your apple oat breakfast cookies today though. Ready for breakfast tomorrow! They smelt amazing baking.

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  2. I'm reading! You don't know me, but I like your blog.

    I'm intrigued by the addition of the quinoa and the way you used it almost like a spice. Interesting. Usually, my go-to meal for cleaning out the fridge is pasta. It seems like almost anything can go into a pasta sauce and it will still turn out delicious.

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  3. My clean out the fridge meal turned out to be a yummy chili with some leftover black beans, corn and zucchini along with some other stuff I had on hand. Love your blog by the way!

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  4. I'm still reading :-) Love to see you posting again!

    Courtney

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  5. That looks like my sort of clean out the fridge meal - usually onion and garlic, some sort of squash and dried herbs sauteed in butter...YUM!

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  6. I'm still reading :) I get these in my email Inbox which almost guarantees I'll read it (unlike other blogs that I have to go visit in order to see them or even Facebook is sometimes too much at times -- too many posts by many great people, not enough time to read them all).

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  7. That looks wonderful! I like cleanout meals as well. I think I never had the same stuff twice and of course, I almost never write down the recipe.

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  8. Good to see you are back, I'm not a fan of Facebook, I only use it when I absolutely have too, for me is too cluttered and do not enjoy it as much as your beautiful Blog. Welcome back!!!

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