Sunday, June 7, 2009

Using up what's in your kitchen!

I had this plan to make pizzas this weekend with some vegan mozzarella that I bought but I didn't have any of the other ingredients that I needed like pizza dough and the right veggies for toppings (I was in the mood for red onions, green peppers, olives and pineapple). I am trying to save money by not going to the market every other day for stuff so I opened up my fridge and pantry and perused my stock. I had quinoa. I had black beans. I had canned tomatoes. I had fresh kale. I had fresh mushrooms. I had flour tortillas. "Burritos!" I said.

Pantry staples used:
1 can black beans
1 can diced tomatoes
tomato sauce
flour tortillas

Other vegetables/fruits/misc. ingredients etc:
vegan mozzarella

Ingredients I had to purchase: none

So here they are, wet burritos (aka "enchilada style" burritos) with a delicious quinoa, black bean and kale filling, topped with tomato sauce, a bit of the vegan mozzarella and drizzled with lemon spiked vegenaise. I based the recipe off of the burrito recipe I posted on my blog several months ago. Find it here.

Looks like enchiladas and they smelled like pizza!


I got this cookbook recently and it looks really good. There are a variety of vegetarian recipes from Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria that I can't wait to try.

I made a Tunisian Boisson aux Fraises, a refreshing strawberry drink flavored with lemon, orange flower water and sugar.


Oraphan said...

Wow! What a very creative idea! You have all good stuff in your beautiful burrito. It sounds so healthy and delicious without spending extra bucks. Way to go, Kim!

That strawberry drink looks so refreshing. Where did you get orange water? I'd love to try it.

kmouse said...

Thank you! I keep forgetting that I have so much stuff in my pantry that I need to use. I feel so guilty every time I go to the store to buy ingredients.

I get orange flower/blossom water from Top Valu in their middle eastern section of the store. You can probably find it in any indian grocery or asian too. It would be next to the rose water.