Cooking, Grains, Recipes

recycling food

May 14, 2012

Now, I don’t know about you but for me it’s not the actual act of cooking but rather the cooking for 1 that makes things difficult. When I’m at Uni I cook for myself. I share a flat with 2 other girls but we all cook our own separate meals but love sharing our baked goods. Even though I should be used to cooking 1 portion-sized meals by now, I’m not. I still cook for 3 or 4 and usually eat leftovers for dinner or lunch/ dinner the next day. Sometimes I’ll freeze food if I’ve really made waaaay too much.

One of the things I like doing with my food is recycling. If I make too much food I use what I have left and make a completely new dish out of it. It doesn’t always work but when it does, it actually feels like I’ve created a new “recipe”. So, why am I telling you this?

Well, last week I made Asparagus -Ratatouille. By now you should know I am quite fond of asparagus and when in season could eat it every day (which I have almost been doing, btw!) I followed my basic Ratatouille recipe (I used canned chopped tomatoes and added 2 tsp of chilli) and let it simmer on low heat for about 2 hours so I was left with a flavorful bowl of Mediterranean deliciousness. At the end, for the last 7-10 minutes I threw in 1 bunch (250g) of washed asparagus (stems removed) that I cut into approx. 5cm long pieces.

But of course that wasn’t it. Before serving I also cooked some barley to go with my ratatouille and mixed about 1/3 of the ratatouille in with the barley to form a delicious Barley-Asparagus Ratatouille bowl. I served it with with an extra large dollop of Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper.

The next day however I still had plenty of ratatouille left and wasn’t sure what to have for dinner. So, I recycled the ratatouille…how Uni-esque (is that even a word?) of me! Cooking once, eating the food for 3 days!

Instead of barley however, I used quinoa which is another one of my favorite foods. I reheated the ratatouille and mixed in the cooked quinoa towards the end.

I was indecisive about which dish I like more. There’s definitely something about having ratatouille the next day since the flavors appear to be even richer. However, even though I love quinoa I really enjoyed the chewiness of the barley.

Let’s just say they were both good! If you ever happen to make one or the other be sure to tell me your verdict. It might help me make my decision easier.

Do you cook for yourself or for bigger groups/ your family? Do you ever recycle food? What are your favorite “recyclables”?

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  • Reply Jennifer May 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I have such a hard time portioning out food for 2. I often end up making enough to feed at least 4-6 which totally sucks because 1) we’re not fond of eating the same left-overs for more than a day or so and 2) I absolutely hate wasting or throwing food away. So, I’ve started freezing our left-overs so my husband can have a home-cooked lunch every day. This way, he doesn’t necessarily have to eat what we had for dinner the night before but has a pretty varied selection of pre-packaged home cooked lunches waiting for him in the freezer.

  • Reply Clair May 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Oh my gosh, I’m DROOLING. This looks soo good. I’ve never tried ratatouille, but I think I need to.

    Living with a boy that eats a lot is hard. Sometimes I’ll make something and it will disappear in a day. Other times, it will be something he doesn’t really want to eat, and I have to keep eating it for a week! Sometimes I feel like I’m cooking for 10, and sometimes I feel like I’m cooking for 1. We’re really big on not wasting though, so the leftovers always get used up.

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  • Reply Healthiful Balance May 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I agree, cooking for one can be hard..
    I usually cook for myself just because I love it! My brothers and dad arent that into clean & healthy eating.. my mom and I are still trying to convince them that healthy food can taste good..

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