I know I've mentioned it many times, but I hate wasting food. I spend a lot of time budgeting for everything from haircuts to groceries, and if I'm spending money on food which then gets thrown out, I might as well be flushing $20 down the toilet or using it to light a candle twice a month.
This last week of the month we have little bits and pieces left of a few items. For lunch yesterday I decided to use up some wraps by making a small portion of saucy, stir-fried peppers, onions, garlic, and leftover pork loin from the freezer.
4-6 whole wheat wraps
1-1.5 c. leftover pork, sliced
2-2.5 c. sliced bell peppers, about 2 large
1 small sliced onion (I used red, but it can be any)
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 tbsp whole wheat flour
1 tbsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp salt
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2-3/4 c. low-sodium chicken stock
1 tbsp olive oil
Heat oil in frying pan on medium heat. Add onions and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add spices and flour, mix well with onion mixture, and add chicken stock, 1/4 cup at a time, until desired sauce consistency is reached. Add peppers and stir to combine, then continue cooking until they are heated through. Add pork, and stir to combine, heating just until the peppers are tender-crisp. Serve with a small sprinkle of grated cheese on the meat mixture before rolling up, if desired.
Leftover roast pork loin marries the bright flavour of strawberries with fresh baby spinach and a tasty balsamic vinaigrette. Love at first bite! A Meals Maven exclusive recipe.
Whole Wheat Pitas, 1/2 per person
Diced leftover pork, 1/2c/ per person
Baby spinach, 1 c. per person
1/4 c. sliced strawberries
Toasted sliced almonds and sesame seeds, if desired
Finely grated mozzarella cheese, 1 tbsp.
Balsamic dressing, 1 tbsp per person
Mix pork with dressing and toasted almonds. Layer in pita, alternating spinach, pork, and strawberries. As you can see I ran out of room in my pita for all the spinach and pork, but I ate those on the side. Pictured below is the full meal I set out for everyone to make their own dinner.
Many-hatted wife and mom: cook, chauffeur, planner, payer-of-bills, and buyer-of-groceries, among others.