The cheater’s recipe I am about to impart to you may sound gross. In fact, it could BE gross, depending on the decisions you make. But if you proceed correctly, it will be a PARTY IN YOUR MOUTH.
A little background: my roommate hosted a Friendsgiving celebration on Saturday, and due to a recipe that lied through its text about the number of servings, she wound up with enough stuffing for the turkey AND two full casserole dishes. And since it was hosted at our apartment, the end result was that we now have two full casserole dishes full of stuffing.
I am not normally a particular fan of stuffing, preferring as I do my bread puddings sweet, but this stuff is seriously good, comprised of cornbread, sweet Italian sausage, and apples. So that’s fruit, gluten-free carbs, and protein – yay! Yet I am none so silly as to believe that this makes it healthy in large amounts.
Still, it is tasty, and we have a lot of it, and if we don’t let it go to waste then we can save a lot of money on groceries. Therefore I have put together a Consumption Plan.
You know those weird “bowl” meals they have at fast food restaurants (I wanna say KFC) that basically take a bunch of unhealthy stuff, toss it all in there, and call it a day? Well, it’s like that, only actually pretty good for you. I give you:
The Cheater’s Warm Leftover Salad
I know. Sounds weird. Stick with me here.
You will need:
Leafy greens (I like spinach)
One large sweet potato
A small portion of the savory leftover(s) of your choice
Salt if you want
Now do this:
Stab your sweet potato with a knife a couple times, wrap it in a paper towel, and nuke it in the microwave until cooked through, approximately ten minutes.
Meanwhile, stick your leftover(s) at the bottom of a large bowl. Heap your greens on top.
Split your cooked sweet potato and scoop the innards onto the spinach. Mash it up.
Stick your bowl o’ stuff in the microwave again and zap until the greens are wilted, approximately two minutes.
Sprinkle a little salt on top if needed, mixed up, and dig in!
No picture because, let’s face it, this isn’t a particularly photogenic dish. But it’s warm and tasty and you get to eat your delicious leftovers – but not TOO much. Plus the greens and sweet potato are crazy nutritious. It works great with stuffing, and I can see mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, or creamed vegetables coming out nicely. Do whatever will make your taste buds happy. Perfect as a packed lunch!
What do you think? Am I insane? What leftovers would you assault in this manner?
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