My goals with the recipes and menu suggestions is not for everyone to cook and eat what I am suggesting. I hope to inspire you to take a recipe and make it your own; to think “yeah that sounds great, but what if we do it this way instead”. Another aspiration is to share with you ways to make a meal one night and “roll” those leftovers into a new and fantastically wonderful new meal.
Last week I wrote about one of our all time favorite dinners Roast Chicken, Mashed Potatoes and veggies. I made this dinner the other night and wow, it was so good. When you roast a chicken to crispy skin, tender meat perfection, simple gravy and oh so creamy buttery mashed potatoes, you achieve culinary perfection. But then there are always those leftovers, chicken, mashers, sautéed greens, what fabulous opportunities! If you have a good amount of meat left, remove it from the bone and skin and make chicken salad. The carcass can go into the soup pot with Eatwell Farm Chicken Stock, any of your leftover veg can go in there too, add some sautéed onion and garlic, more veg if you like, herbs, salt and pepper and you have a delicious pot of soup. With any leftover soup you can make Risotto. Leftover mashed potatoes will become potato cakes and part of our “Eatwell Farm Fry Up” breakfast.
You can just keep rolling, one meal to the next, to the next, add more ingredients from your box, making your life simple because you have a foundation started. You aren’t necessarily starting from scratch. If you are going to sauté greens but don’t need all of the greens in your share sauté them all anyway and store what you don’t use in the fridge. That part of the cooking is now done and it doesn’t take any more time to sauté the entire bag of spinach or the whole bunch of chard or kale than it would to do half. But how wonderful to find that container when you are making soup out of last night’s chicken dinner and you can quickly toss in the greens you previously cooked up. Or throw those greens into scrambled eggs, frittata or an omlette, voila a meal!