Today I did a quick forage through the fridge to find the items that were coming close to expiring. I have an unwritten law that leftover entrees have a 4 - 5 day lifespan (anything with a cream, custard, or gravy base 3 days), and fruits and veggies are game as long as they aren't growing fuzzy beards or turning to liquid form. My adventure netted me the following:
- Half of a pot roast
- Some thawed out frozen strawberries
- Half of an open quart of home made applesauce
- Two half full containers of butternut squash and pumpkin puree
- A cup of chopped jalapeno peppers from the garden
- Three bananas that should be on life support!
The strawberries were divided between individual reusable containers and I added Jello to them to make dessert for school lunches for the next couple of days. My kids have a thing for Jello right now, and making your own Jello cups is tons cheaper than buying them at the store.
I sauteed the jalapenos with an onion and added them to the pot roast (that I had shredded). I rolled the meat mixture in tortillas covered them with enchilada sauce and cheese (that I have an excess of thanks to fabulous cheese coupons). Notice a couple missing Enchiladas; the troops dug into them before I could finish my Kodak moment!
A little clever recycling turned potential garbage into delicious (in my opinion) alternatives. The best part is that my darling family have not realized that they are eating recycled leftovers, and I didn't end up throwing money in the trash!