Food Challenge: How to Make Healthy Meals from the Fridge
I am staying at a friend's house for two weeks and I have decided to see how many meals I can create with the food she left in her refrigerator. I thought this would be a great way to give you ideas about how you can use everyday items that you find in your refrigerator and pantry to create tasty and healthy meals for yourself, your family and your friends. One day I opened the fridge and noticed there were so many eggs, an assortment of cheeses and fresh vegetables. Those choices led to an idea for breakfast and dinner being born. So here is what I came up with.
Breakfast – I love eggs and it is as a great way to start my day. One of my favorite ways to put flavor and increase my servings of vegetables for the day is to add veggies to my eggs. I found some baby broccoli and yellow bell peppers to sauté along with garlic, fresh basil, sea salt and pepper. I added the eggs and right before I turned off the heat I sprinkled some shredded raw milk cheese so it melted slightly. After the first bite I decided my eggs needed something so I cut up some fresh tomatoes and sprinkled them over top. Perfect!
Snack - simply a nectarine on the deck while the weather was still nice.
I was out during lunch so the next meal preparation showed up as dinner.
Dinner – This was an experiment that I have been thinking about for a couple of weeks. My friend left me beets and I decided to cut them into slices and put them in the oven to roast. I set my egg timer and it malfunctioned and by the time that I got upstairs the beets were a little burnt but they were crunchy. I really enjoyed the crunch so I wanted to reduplicate the crunch but not the burn. So tonight I wanted to try again. So I roasted them again. I still was not able to cook them crispy, the size of the wedges were too big. Luckily, I still love roasted beets so I decided to make a nice goat cheese sauce to pour over the top. Here is the recipe: goat cheese, chives, extra virgin olive oil, a dip of maple syrup, sea salt and lemon juice – delish! While I was roasting the beets I found a turkey burger in the freezer and prepared it on the stove. I also found a tomato, arugula and crumbled blue cheese to eat with it. Since I don’t eat much bread I decided to make the turkey burger on a bed of lettuce and tomato with blue cheese on top. Dinner is served!
I look forward to sharing more of my healthy cooking adventures with you!
Dr. Daemon Jones
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