Single (and cooking) in the City

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The Life of Leftovers

Approximately 31 days ago… I had hot pot at home. You probably will not remember this because 1) it was 31 days ago, 2) i didn’t post it on my blog, 3) …it was 31 days ago.

It was good, but there was a TON of sliced beef and lamb leftover (since we didn’t give it adequate time to defrost and was only able to peel the top couple of slices off). Back into the fridge it went, until I correctly defrosted it for a 2nd round of hot pot a week later. With still more beef and lamb left, we marinated it and let it sit in the fridge for a later meal…

Yakisoba – the night we lit the Christmas tree! Chock full of veggies, Kel did an excellent job making sure there was stuff I would want to eat in it, besides the chunks of meat and soba. However, even though it was our 3rd attempt at using up the leftover meat, there was still a clump of it sitting in a bowl in the fridge… until last night…

4th attempt! Mixed in with cauliflower, onions, and tomato… it had a slightly funky taste. Good or bad, I’m not sure but hey! Still alive…


Penne with (Ground Beef, Cauliflower) and Broccoli

Splashing through the horrendous rain on the way home, grumpy and wet, trying to juggle the umbrella in one hand, and a humongous file folder in the other (it’s back to the Bronx again tomorrow morning for work, yuck.), all I could think about was how much I didn’t want to cook. Just a quick fix. Like Domino’s (this New Yorker’s favorite pizza, pineapple. I know, this is all kinds of offensive!) or pad thai (I’ve been craving it for weeks!). But after arriving home and surveying the fridge, which was still fully stocked with fresh vegetables, I decided to make some quick pasta instead.

Penne with Ground Beef, Cauliflower, and Broccoli

I made this pasta using the exact same technique as the Penne with Chicken and Broccoli, but instead of the oven roasted chicken leftovers, I used some leftover ground beef I had sauteed up with some garlic. And since I had so many veggies left in the fridge, I used my two favorites — cauliflower and broccoli. Plus, loading up on the veggies also means I can cut back on the penne, but still have a satisfying meal. (And hopefully still fit into my clothes.)

My latest purchase: the Amara Romper by Joie. Little did the BF know that while he was away… I was playing dress up at his place… while watching the Martha Stewart show.