Friday, June 8, 2012
Potential trash to culinary treasure
I was cleaning up in the kitchen before someone was coming over yesterday and noticed I had several things that were a little past their prime. The Mr, God love him, wanted to try to be a 'tomato person' so he got grape tomatoes for his salads. That lasted a day. I bought jalapenos at Trader Joe's with the intention of making a rainbow salad this week that never got made. I had a shallot left over from the past week and a red pepper that was starting to shrivel a bit. These things would've normally gotten chucked in the trash but I made 'em my treasure.
I cut everything up and grabbed some cilantro and basil from my container garden.
Got out my handy dandy food processor and chucked everything inside and added a squirt of lime or lemon juice.
Pulsey-pulse-pulse and voila...pico de gallo!
Pulsey-pulse-pulse some more and blam...non-chunky salsa for the people like me who loathe chunky salsa.
Add some pineapple chunks from one of the six, yes, SIX pineapples I bought when they were on sale for a buck a piece and you have some awesome sweet and spicy salsa!
Some yummy homemade salsa on my no salt chips or on a potato or tacos or enchiladas. The possibilities are endless baby. All of that schtuff was going to go in the trash but now I've got a great low cal better than anything preserved in my fridge salsa that'll get me through the weekend.
Have you "saved" any foods lately? What did you makeover from potential trash to culinary treasure?
On a side note, Happy 50th Birthday to my childhood crush Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran!
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