Kitchen Mashup fruits and veggies

So I have carrots that are going to go bad if I don’t use them, corn from the bbq from a few days ago, bananas I froze before they went bad, raisins in the cupboard, some spaghetti sauce in a bottle, tomatoes from my plant , YEP, cherry tomatoes baby! and pineapple coconut water my husband still hasn’t drank, because ewwww, I won’t drink it! And some plain cooked spaghetti, and dried tomato basil pouch barely used.

Sooo, I cut up the carrots, PEEL ON people, in the coconut pineapple water so they will be on the sweet side.

I then look up on the internet what to do with left over cooked carrots and it says to make a puree.  But just carrot puree doesn’t really sound good, soooo…..after the carrots are cooked I put them in a pan, and add some slice up frozen banana (this is why you never throw stuff out, just freeze it until you figure out what to do with it :), and add it to the pan, let that cook for a while, mash them up and add a small amount of brown sugar, pat of butter (yes A Pat, I brought it home from dinner out somewhere :), and cook it some more.  I then blend it up, put it back in than to thicken and add the small amount of raisins from the cupboard into it.  It is damn yummy people, like a carrot cake !  Sometimes I even amaze me 🙂

Then I take the spaghetti sauce, throw it in a pan, I throw in my cherry tomatoes, I cut the corn off the cob and add that to the pan, then I throw in the spaghetti, then I add some of the dried tomato pesto, and BOOM, nice bowl of veggie pasta baby!

Yea, stupid dog woke me up early, so I figured I should clean out the fridge and  you know how I hate to waste food.

don’t fall for “convenience”

in real speak that is “paying more for less” great example “baby carrots”  just buy a bunch of regular carrots.  Cut and chop them yourself…KEEP the peel…..it is where most of the good stuff is.  Buying prepped carrots hurts your bottom line and your health.

Just take a few minutes to wash them before eating if you don’t go organic

Organic Authority” magazine reports that carrots contain a high degree of phytonutrients, many of which are found in the skin or immediately beneath it. Consuming phytonutrients leads to a number of health benefits, including lessening your risk of cancer and boosting your immune response.

Get Crunching For Your Health

The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database doesn’t break down the nutritional value of peeled versus unpeeled carrots, but notes that raw carrots are a healthy item. One cup of chopped carrots has just 52 calories, less than a gram of fat and 3.6 grams of dietary fiber. Carrots are also a valuable source of calcium, potassium and a number of vitamins. They also provide beta carotene, which improves eye and skin health while improving your immune system.

Kitchen Mash-up Apple Butter

how can that be a mash-up you ask….you will see….

Hmmm, some apples and pears that are going to go bad, oh whatever can I do?

Let’s cut them up (peel and all) and put them in a pan with some butter,

Oh Look!  I found a packet of spices for Mulled Cider.(which I won’t use) ..lets steep that in some water then add it to the fruit in the pan….

lets add some butter, cinnamon and vanilla….let it simmer for a while then cool

put in in the blender and BOYAH….apple butter, the pear was put in for pectin so no sugar was added, all natural baby!

That is how you don’t throw away…waste food…and the blender will chop of the peels and since the peels have lots of vitamins it is better for you!

 

Chipotle…enough with the onions….

I love Chipotle, me and my husband eat there quite often, we have never gotten ill!

But my one complaint is the Onions, in everything, I don’t understand it.  I get it for the veggies, it is after all peppers and onions.  But come on, in the Tomatoes, why if you add onions isn’t it basically salsa?  I would like tomatoes on my bowl, but I can’t, and the same with corn…WHY, you can get the onions in everything else, leave the tomatoes and corn alone.

I would have a much bigger and more filling bowl if I could add tomatoes and corn, but alas….they have onions in them…makes me sad….and I can’t be the only one!

Healthify your food…

as you know, I HATE to waste food, it is basically wasting money, so I end up eating stuff that has been in the house for a while that isn’t getting eaten.

Now, this is a problem, since I am also trying to eat healthy and the stuff left isn’t always the best for me.

So as my son says I “healthify” my food, for example, the other day, I decided to use up the package of UDON noodles that had been in the fridge for a while.

I looked at the package and …..sigh….this is a very unhealthy food, lots of carbs and salt, hmm what to do, throw it away, nope…Healthify it.

So first off I Doubled the amount of water is called for, second I only used HALF of the seasoning packet, and I added napa cabbage and baby bok choi to make it a noodle and veggie soup and then there was enough to make TWO servings out of it.

You can do this any high carb/salt noodle package, I would have added mushrooms but I was out 😦  and you can add meat if you want to.

doggie bag kitchen mashups

Restaurant doggie bags can be people mashups:)

We went to our Greek restaurant and had lemon potatoes, hummus and pita bread left over.

I BBQ’d the other night and had corn on the cob and a yam, yep a yam, I also bought a sweet potato, haven’t cooked it yet.  Wanted to see what the difference was between them.  A yam is a sweeter version of a potato but not as sweet as a sweet potato, so far, that is what i have learned.  The reason for this seeming diversion will be clear in a few moments.

We went to a Persian restaurant and had hummus, rice pilaf, fava bean type hummus, cheese things, and pita bread left over.

Kitchen Mashup 1 – cut corn off cob, heated it with the rice pilaf, heated up a few lemon potatoes, had some hummus and bread, and a salad.

Kitchen mashup 2 – at the cheese things for a snack 🙂

Kitchen mashup 3 – if you don’t know what to do with some things, throw them in  pot and make soup …..so, fava bean hummus stuff, 1/2 left over yam, corn off the cob (last one from bbq,  lemon potatoes, veggie broth and water….

and I still have more leftovers…… gonna get quite a few meals, nice way to stretch your food budget

 

BBQ kitchen mash-up

It has been so hot, I have been using the bbq to cook some veggies.  I got some asparagus, wrapped it in foil after adding some oil and seasonings….it was ummm ummm good, but I only ate the top 2/3’s , so I had these tougher stalks…did I throw them away….oh Hell No!

I wrapped them back up and put them in the fridge while I thought of what to do with them 🙂

Then the next day I cooked mushrooms, corn and roasted tomatoes on the bbq…..yea, that is some good eats there!

But I had some leftover tomatoes and corn, so I put those in the fridge while my I tried to figure out what to do with them.

So, HA,  I got out the asparagus and one of the tomatoes (which YES where  from my garden) and added a little broth and blended them up, but them in a pan and started to simmer them.

I then made a roux of broth, butter, milk and whole wheat flour, yes I started with just butter and flour but it got pasty so I added the milk and broth to smooth things out…

Then I added that to my soup, and then I cut the corn OFF the cob and cut up in chucks another tomato (from my garden, yes I AM proud of myself) and added that to the soup.

And now I have a wonderful, flavorful soup, full of veggie goodness and good for me!

 

Easy peasy way to start going vegetarian

FROZEN DINNERS….yea, you heard me, frozen dinners, I use them as a base when I am to tired (re: lazy) to cook from scratch.  They are already out there people, use them, they don’t say vegetarian, which is good because it means they are less expensive!

Now I think the box by itself isn’t quite enough, so I recommend eating a salad or soup with it as a complete dinner.

I made a cheese ravioli box, I added a whole tomato from MY garden, cut up, and some cheese, then I split a low carb pita bread and added cheese and garlic powder, and BOOM, easy peasy veggie meal.

The day before I had spaghetti with veggies & sauce box, so I added a Morning Star chicken patty,  and BOOM  chicken parmigiana , add a salad and quick tasty meal.

There are tons of these types out frozen dinners out there, most tend to be pasta based, but add some more fresh veggies and cheese and protein, they are a good, cheap, easy way to try it out.

I recommend Morning Star Farms Original Chik Pattties, because seriously, I can’t taste the difference.  They are a good to add to the frozen dinners to make a complete filling meal.

 

 

Either all at once or none at all!!

It has been smokin’ hot out here lately, and I have like 10 green tomatoes, all on the vine, so I look the other day and FINALLY they are starting to turn red, ALL of them, so that means I am going to have a shitload of tomatoes soon.

My zucchini are having issues, they get about 1/2 and then the ends start to turn yellow, ugh….I am hoping the newest will make it thru.

I am not sure if my winter melon is done or not, it doesn’t look like is has been growing, I will wait a little longer to see what happens.

I guess I will be making some more tomato soup shortly!