Oh, boy... It's time to save money. I've been in denial, but with food prices the way they are, I can't be running to the store every time I get a hankering for something I want to cook.
So, with that in mind, I will attempt to use up what I have in the house, shopping only at our co-op on member day (when we get a 5% discount).
I have so much to use up this week, both in the fridge and in the pantry:
roasted, marinated pork loin
Farmers' Market tomatoes
celery (who doesn't have celery left over after using just a stalk or two?)
cooked wild rice mixture
canned beans, black and garbanzo
spelt egg noodles that I got ages ago (they can't really get old, can they?)
frozen, ice cube-sized pesto chunks
I'm thinking of making spaghetti squash with marinara sauce and fresh fish with pesto -- maybe in the crock pot with garbanzo beans? -- as well as stuffed tomatoes, to use up some of that rice. I will have to go the store for the fish, and I still am planning to make my friend Kate's pumpkin soup, which I've decided will be a good dish to serve my in-laws on Saturday.
I used some of the pork and lettuce today: The pork loin I made a couple nights ago is delicious cold, so I put some small, thin slices on top of the greens. I didn't think it would be anything to blog about, but it turned out to be so much better than expected. I should have taken a photo.
I wanted to call this post "pork salad," but that just doesn't sound too good. Does "salad with pork and apples" sound any better? I hope so.
You can just arrange the following ingredients and top this with your favorite salad dressing. I drizzled on some extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and the flavors worked really well together.
Salad with pork and apples (for 1 large salad)
red-leaf lettuce, as much as you'd like
1/2 carrot, shredded
a few rings of thinly sliced red onion
about 2 ounces of pork loin, thinly sliced and cut into pieces about two inches long
1/4 sweet apple, whatever kind you like, cut into about 6 slices
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/4 cup garbanzo beans
optional: a sprinkle of toasted walnuts or pecans would go well in this, I think