One of the things I love most about this new plan is this: as the week begins drawing to a close, I have leftovers of some things. I enjoy taking those items, adding some new ingredients and making completely different meals out of them. I do this partially out of boredom for the same things for a couple days and partially out of actually wanting to prepare something. Admittedly, another reason is so that you'll have something to look at :-) Throughout the year, I'm going to try to look at the food in my refrigerator like I look at the clothes in my closet : when I get tired of the same outfits, I mix up the pieces to get new outfits. Here begins my journey of being "In Love with Leftovers"
I had leftover:
- Black Beans (Veganomicon)
- chick cheese (The Ultimate Uncheese book - my copy should be coming today!)
- A little piece of red bell pepper
- Some quickly fading green onions
My mother had just bought me a beautiful bag of veggie tortilla chips from Trader Joe's. Yum! And I had just purchased some lovely grape tomatoes for the upcoming week's salads. Nachos were in order.First I thinned the chick cheese with water and added chopped red bell pepper and one sliced green onion. I added Texas Pete (one of my favorite men - he's always in my refrigerator!) for a little kick and had a wonderful cheese sauce.
I arranged some of the chips on the plate, topped with black beans, grape tomatoes (cut in 2-3 pieces) and covered in the sauce. Then I microwaved the whole thing until warm. The chips were soggy because of the thin cheese (which did thicken up a little more when cooking) so they were a mess to eat. So in the future, I'd warm everything up and just put them on top of the chips after heating. They aren't much to look at. In fact, I realize they look a little gross, but they surely were delicious!