For dinner tonight, I had a weird combo of leftovers:
1. Small serving of boiled potato and onion
2. Leftover "rice and peas" from a huge plate I was sent home with after a function yesterday
3. Leftover coleslaw from the same function - it had so much dressing on it, I added an equal amount of shredded broccoli/carrot/cabbage mix from the fridge, for a gigantic serving of veggies - my mom would be so proud!
Also did some batch cooking today, with an emphasis on cooking up stuff that's overstocked or been hanging around for a while, as well as using some of the produce I've bought more recently:
1. Pot of rice, using an Uncle Ben's herb and wild rice blend. Added a handful of tiny red lentils (cook in the same amount of time as the rice), some exotic dried berries that look and taste kind of like cranberries, and also added a couple of small onions.
2. Using three roti from the freezer (that were annoyingly stuck together until defrosted) and most of a can of fava and garbanzo beans, and part of a pkg of taco seasoning, plus some onion and a little salsa and taco sauce, I baked some burritos with potato and sweet potato chunks roasted in the pan alongside.
3. Excess potato and sweet potato roasted separately, stirred up with chopped garlic in oil.
4. The rest of the can of beans, with some diced carrot/celery/red peppers from the freezer (salvaged from a veggie tray after a reception, and flash frozen), with the rest of the taco seasoning and some water and oil, also went in the oven at the same time. When I took it out, there was too much water still, so I threw in a handful of couscous to soak it up.
5. Half a pkg of low fat banana muffin mix, with some rehydrated dried apple chunks that have been in my cupboard forever, and using a very liquid pumpkin puree from the freezer instead of the water. I also wanted some raisins in them, but I seem to be out. But someone gave me very fruit heavy trail mix for Christmas, so I picked enough raisins out to add to the muffin mix. Baked in a cake pan instead of muffin tins for easier cleaning.
6. In the morning, my dog gets 2 cups of a high quality dental/maintenance diet, but in the evening, when I'm going to be adding salt and water to her food (due to a medical condition) I give her a cheaper grocery store food. Have been giving 1 cup, and supplementing with odds and ends of leftover people food. Tonight the leftover food was: lightly cooked sweet potato peels, some leftover rice and peas (I couldn't finish it all), scraps of roti left in the bottom of the bag, and all of that was topped with the liquid from the can of beans which already has salt in it, so no need to add more!)