Believe me. These are TRUE fridge surprises so recipes to follow don’t really work.
Experiment. Play!! Hopefully you’ll find a way of creating your own quick and easy dinners that are also super nutritious.
I must add…sometimes a little bit of planning goes a long way. Use your freezer (AKA new bestie!). Prep some ingredients that you can just whip out and add or easily steam and include in your dinner. Some ingredients that might be helpful:
1/2C per person servings of cooked
- brown rice
If you’re time poor…
Batch cook the bases suggested and store in the freezer. I do this for lunches too, so that I can grab one out if I don’t have fresh leftovers, throw in some fresh salad ingredients and take them easily to work. For a bit of added flavour you can also cook your bases with stock or miso – one less thing to add later on!
Chop, grate, spiralise, leave raw, lightly steam or fry in good oil.
- Cauli-mash or Cauli rice
- Kale – stem removed. You can also buy a decent kale salad from Coles (thanks for the tip Jackie!)
- Sunflower seeds
Dress it up…
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Flaxseed Oil
- Lemon juice or lemon oil
Some fridge surprise combos to consider…
- Tempeh marinated (read: dipped and left for a minute! Who has time to wait?) and then lightly fried.
- Steamed greens (broc, zucchini, beans etc) with mini roma tomatoes, meredith goats cheese, some EVOO and lemon juice.
- Mushrooms stuffed with a multitude of different seeds/grains and veg, with or without cheese.
- Salad with lettuce, spinach, mint, sauerkraut, grated carrot and beetroot
- Broccoli or broccolini with sprouts, feta, sunflower seeds, lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil
- Spiralised zucchini mixed through a smaller amount of spelt or rice pasta with pesto as the sauce. Avo and miso sauce mixed also work similarly well.
The trick is just to trust your instincts and throw a combo together. Believe me, I’ve forced myself out of my recipe comfort zone, purely because I hate having to make 6 billion trips to the supermarket, I often get home late and I HATE waste. Using everything in my fridge is a priority. On the odd occasion I’ve certainly hit a combination that wasn’t as enjoyable as the ones above. It’s still healthy, real, unprocessed food so I grin and bear the unpleasantness, and think about all the benefits my body is getting and that I didn’t waste time shopping and reading recipes to make it!
Let me know what you like to whip up from your fridge below :o)
Ps I wrote this post over the weekend, demonstrating mid-report writing Erin at her best…Crowned Queen Procrastination in previous years I really feel honoured to continue the tradition.
Enjoy my ramblings!