Monday, October 19, 2009

Planned Overs

Freezer diving. Shop-the-Shelves. Pantry raid. Call it what you will: it means cook or bake something with what you already own. My family cooks Planned-Overs.

Like Leftovers, planned-overs are the extra: the chicken breasts thawed on the grill as the fire dies, the double batch of chili in the crockpot with half intended for the freezer, the extra spaghetti without sauce that will become carbonara later in the week.

Planned-overs are frugal, green, and efficient. Starting a few potatoes on the grill (I live in tailgate party country, okay? We honestly cook this way) lets me turn them into bakers or twice-baked in the next day or two. When sweet corn is all over the farmers' market, I cook at least one extra ear each meal. Sliced off the cob, it makes a great addition to any casserole or soup of veggie mix. I've even added corn (along with the perpetual grated zucchini) to chunky tomato sauce. Steaming extra veggies one night to become soup the next saves time and doesn't take any more energy.

Planned-overs. At my house, it's what's for dinner. Enjoy.

Labels: , ,

Digg! Stumble It! add to kirtsy

3 Comments:

Blogger Green Bean said...

Love it. I had a planned over for lunch and am making planned overs for dinner. :)

10/19/2009 5:55 PM  
Blogger Shari said...

We do this in the summer when we can grill meat and veggies to freeze for the winter. It just gives soups and stews an extra little something.

10/19/2009 7:19 PM  
Blogger Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

We do this with grilled meat--why waste the briquettes, right?

10/19/2009 8:17 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home

Smile!

Search & Win

About 1 in 5 child deaths is due to injury. CDC Vital Signs www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns

Creative 

Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License.

Copyright, 2003-2008 by OkayByMe. All rights reserved. No part of this blog may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval without written permission from Daisy, the publisher, except by a reviewer who may quote brief passages in a review. In other words, stealing is bad, and if you take what doesn't belong to you, it's YOUR karma and my lawyers you might deal with.