This week I talk about (and eat!) a lot of seasonal fresh fruit. It’s August, after all. Also, read on for more fun with leftover food.
I devoted my first blog post to my Monday meals, but will add a note about lunch. As tempting as it is to eat weekend leftovers for dinner on Sunday night, try to resist. You’ll be so happy with yourself come lunchtime on Monday.
Besides the kale soup I posted about, here’s another example of repurposing leftovers. Breakfast was yogurt again, but this time topped with the fresh fruit salad from the previous night.
A fresh fruit topping for plain yogurt may be obvious. (But then, why isn’t this more common? It beats those fruit-flavored, sweetened yogurts on cost, health and flavor.)
Perhaps something new to you is shakshuka, an egg dish with tomatoes, peppers and onions? I used it as inspiration for this morning’s eggs. I already had cooked tomatillos in the fridge from the weekend. I pureed these with some hot chiles (from the freezer again—yes, you’ll read that a lot) and basil (because that’s the herb I had). This gives you a salsa with a wide variety of uses: nachos, enchiladas, tacos, or whatever you wish. It freezes well for use throughout winter. But this morning, I chose to simmer a couple eggs in the salsa and ended up with this dish:
Although I live in the Pacific Northwest, I have never eaten fish regularly. I love fish, so this is due to inconvenience rather than preference. I don’t grocery shop weekly and I’m not a fan of frozen fish (smoked fish is the exception). So I was excited to learn about a nearby CSF. The pick-up day is Wednesday so through October, at least, that means fish for dinner. I decided to slow-roast the black cod I received in the leftover tomatillo salsa. I got the idea from this black cod recipe. While the salsa has more liquid than the spice mixture used in the original recipe, the dish turned out well.
If you’re not familiar with black cod, I recommend it. Also called sablefish or butterfish, it’s not actually cod at all and is a fatty fish with a soft texture. Black cod is also a sustainable seafood choice whether sourcing from Alaska or the US West Coast. Many recipes pair it with Asian flavors like soy sauce and ginger. Here’s an easy recipe I like, but definitely serve it with some green vegetables to cut the richness.
Now for the first time on this blog, I’m going to talk about dessert. Since I’ve never mentioned it, you might have wondered if I even eat dessert. I assure you, I do (and frequently). This night was chocolate ice cream topped with raspberry sauce. Two keys to success:
- Always keep raspberries in your freezer.
- Splurge on good-quality ice cream (i.e. it’s only sold in pint containers). Mine was Extra Dark Chocolate from Cupcake Royale. (Or make your own!)
To put this simple dessert together, smash the raspberries into a thick sauce with a potato masher or fork. Spoon on top of the ice cream. Enjoy and feel like you just made dessert a teeny bit healthier. So, so delicious. (Sorry I ate it too quickly for photos.) Edit: But I made it again so here you go:
I promise, no more leftovers today! While this yogurt-and-fruit breakfast may appear to be more of the same, I actually stirred rolled oats and chia seeds into the yogurt. I add these directly to the yogurt container for convenience. Doing this the night before allows the oats to soften and the chia seeds to expand. Plus it’s so easy for morning. Grains and protein ready to eat, just add some fresh fruit. I love using up the last bit of yogurt this way.
In what seems to be our typical summer weather this year, the temperature jumped from 70 to 90 degrees in two days. For me that meant no cooking. I pick up my CSA box on Thursdays so I had plenty of no-cook options available for dinner. Here’s what we assembled:
The temps were just as hot on Friday but we had plans to go backpacking over the weekend. I was determined to use up some leftovers before we left. We ate the last two eggs for breakfast.
I have a toaster oven (which I make good use of in both summer and winter). I used it frequently throughout the week, but such a hot day made it essential. My dinner casserole consisted of various leftover ingredients mixed together. An assemblage of cracked wheat, chickpeas, roasted cabbage, tomatillo salsa, onion, and breadcrumbs. I suspected leftovers from this dish would work well for our one-night backpacking trip. (Just pack and eat; no reheating!) Everything was precooked but I wanted to warm it up. I topped the casserole with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil after it came out of the toaster oven.
What about lunch?
You may be wondering why I made little mention of lunch. For the most part, I already told you about those meals… yep, leftovers. But as I recommended in my post about how to use leftovers, it’s important to vary the garnishes. This often meant adding some grated cheese, fresh tomatoes, chopped nuts, or olive oil. And cutting up some local fresh fruit on the side.
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If you have questions about using leftovers or want more details about these meals, leave me a comment.
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