Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Pantry Clean Out Meal

I am in an anti-grocery shopping mood lately because we really do have a TON of food in our freezer, cabinets and fridge that needs to be used up so in an effort to do that, I am trying to get creative! I really love searching for new recipes, buying new ingredients, making new meals and all that, but sometimes it can get a little costly and exhausting! I absolutely loved this meal and it got rid of a ton of stuff that has been sitting around! Win-Win! This dinner meal is packed with all sorts of veggies and the dressing compliments the dish very well! This is just a very versatile meal because you can substitute, take out, or add anything you want! It's basically just throwing a bunch of stuff in a pan and heating it up. Takes only a few minutes and it gets rid of things you don't want lying around anymore! I didn't really follow a recipe, so I will just tell you everything that is in it and you can go crazy!

Brown rice, cooked
Green Beans (frozen from Trader Joes)
Corn (frozen)
Chopped Zucchini
Chopped Onion
1 Carrot, Chopped
2 Celery Stalks, Chopped
Veggie Medley pasta
I sauteed the veggies in olive oil for a few minutes until they were soft and then added the cooked rice to the pan of veggies and poured the mixed dressing over it all and served warm!
about 1/4 C Olive Oil
about 1/4 C Red Wine Vinegar (a little less)
Salt and Pepper
Garlic Powder (1/2 TBS?)
Dried Mustard (a little less than 1/2 TBS)

This recipe definitely requires eyeballing it! I used to be afraid to stray away from a recipe but now, I just tweak it, taste it and hope it turns out good! : ) A good tip to remember is that you can never remove ingredients but you can always add more so just start out slowly adding a little at a time!