When I make breakfast and lunch for myself, I almost always do so with an eye to using up odds and ends of food. And every now and then, I post a collection of these breakfast and lunch meals I make.
However, I have not had a string of creative breakfasts of late. So, this edition will be comprised solely of lunch concoctions!
Sometimes, I’m able to make a cohesive meal out of the random things in my fridge.
Other times, this happens:
That’s a leftover hot dog, an avocado with a few bad spots cut out, some grape tomatoes, some leftover rice, and a fried egg.
This next plate is a result of an enormous bag of broccoli from Hungry Harvest. I sauteed some florets in bacon grease with salt and pepper, and I fried up some leftover bratwurst as well.
More broccoli! I mixed some florets with some leftover dressing (from this strawberry-pear salad recipe) and added the last of the sausage.
You might be thinking, “Where are the carbs?” Well, I’d eaten a container of Wheat Thins on the way home from class that day, so that pretty much covered my carb desire. 😉
Next, I had some pizza leftover from our date night, so I put it into the oven on convection to reheat it. So much tastier than microwaving, and it only takes a few minutes longer.
Leftover fettuccine with shrimp plus fresh basil from the plants on my deck.
Leftover ground beef from these Korean wraps, plus pickled carrots, an avocado, and dressed with the leftover sauce from the wraps.
The next salad is made from a bagged salad kit that was an extra at the food pantry.
Fried egg on the side because an egg makes a meal!
A brussels sprout salad (another bagged salad kit) with lemon dressing and a sliced, browned leftover chicken sausage.
Another food pantry salad kit. I added an avocado plus some crunchy seasoned corn kernels, which are delightful on a salad.
This next lunch was leftover chicken, heated in a skillet, sliced on top of spinach.
Hungry Harvest carrots on the side, dipped in Hungry Harvest hummus. Also, a leftover homemade oatmeal dinner roll.
This is leftover rice topped with sauteed asparagus, a random piece of bacon, and a fried egg.
For this bowl, I sliced and browned two leftover chicken sausages (which I’d bought on a clearance markdown).
Then I combined them with leftover rice, the last few cherry tomatoes, and a container of takeout sauce that Lisey had brought home since she thought I’d like it (and I did!)
These fries were leftover from a date night I went on with Mr. FG.
I heated them up in the oven on convection (always choose dry heat over a microwave!) and I fried an egg as well.
Lastly, I made a quesadilla with the last of the corn tortillas. On the side, I ate the last of a cucumber, the last of the blackberries, and the last of the watermelon.
If you just looked at these meals, it would seem like we eat a LOT of sausages! It is true that I buy chicken sausages and bratwurst fairly regularly.
But, I think they feature so prominently here because they are a super easy protein to go along with other random things that need to be used up.
And the same goes for eggs. Eggs make a meal!
If you want to see more food waste fighting meal ideas, here’s the first one I posted.
Here’s edition #2.
And here’s edition #3!