Thursday, 12 January 2017

Before we go food shopping ...

I check out the fridge the night before to create a 'use it up' meal. Tonight, I found 6 medium carrots, a 2" chunk of butternut squash. Elsewhere I had one onion, some chillies in a jar, a tin of tomatoes and a tin of red kidney beans, a pork and a lemb stockcube, tomato puree and some Quorn mince.

The carrots were cubed and par boiled and water saved. Onions and squash were gently fried until ready and carrots added. 1 level teaspoon of ground cumin, the tomatoes and carrot water and 1 tablespoon of chopped chillies from the jar were added and everything cooked for 25 minutes.

After 25 minutes, I added 1/2 a packet of Quorn mince from the freezer, both stock cubes and cooked everything for another 15 minutes. Finally, the stock cubes and 1/3rd tube of tomato puree were added:
After another 10 minutes it was ready. We have enough in the small saucepan for tea and another 3 portions (for 2) were served to go cold before putting into the freezer:
I love the challenge of a 'use it up' meal, which for us, is usually something vegetable based as that is usually what we have leftover.


  1. Sounds good to me. I enjoy a use up meal and leftovers.

  2. Oh, I absolutely love those use-it-up meals; when you think there's nothing to eat but then you go through the fridge and the kitchen cupboards and discover you have the ingredients for at least one proper meal. Right now I have half a tin of coconut milk in my fridge that I really need to use up; I'm thinking of making a creamy oriental - style lentil, tomato and coconut soup!

  3. I love meals like that. So many times I have made up meals with leftovers and then my husband says how good it was and can we have it again someday . . . probably not . . . it all depends on what's in the frig, LOL. Great post!

    1. Impossible to repeat aren't they.

  4. Very satisfying to use up leftovers and odds and ends to make another few meals. I'm determined this year to have as near zero food waste as possible.


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