Doing my best to not go to the grocery store multiple times a week has also helped me be a lot more creative with the things I pull together. I still search recipes and go grocery shopping according to what the recipe calls for, but then I have the rest of the week to get creative with the leftover ingredients and things I already have on hand. I admit, it's been a lot of fun coming up with new (to me, at least) ideas. Plus, it feels good that nothing is going to waste and everything is getting used up. I still make sure to portion out a serving or two for the freezer, for those days I don't feel like cooking or for "emergency" meals.
Yesterday I whipped up a no-noodle lasagna made with things left over from the lasagna I made a couple weeks ago. Instead of noodles, I used a couple sliced red potatoes. It's actually really delicious and packed with leftover veggies from a thai recipe I made earlier this week. Tonight - provided that I don't book a massage in the next couple hours - I'm going to make some polenta and top it with some Mexican-spiced beans and corn. Sounds good, doesn't it?
I'd post pictures of both, but the first has been sitting in the fridge for a while and doesn't look so hot and I haven't made the second yet. So, you're going to have to settle for a picture of this:
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