On Monday, I told y’all that we had cleaned out the freezer this weekend, resulting in a whole heck of a lot of vegetables at my culinarily creative disposal.
Using what I had unearthed (including frozen pulled pork), I was able to put together an incredibly astonishing-in-its-deliciousness Carolina BBQ Stew.
First up? Tackling some of those veggies! Turns out I had half a bag of sugar snap peas, which I immediately* steamed…
*immediately [adverb]: the next day…and doused with my new obsession: Spike Seasoning.^
^So obsessed that this will very well one day earn its own WIAW post. It claims no MSG…but I just don’t know…
I actually like to eat these steamed, previously frozen ‘snaps’ cold. [But what DON'T I like to eat cold?*]
*I sense another upcoming theme here…
Packing them in my lunch, along with yet MORE of my Carolina BBQ Stew and a slice of bread (also rescued from the freezer).[It's a sign of a single girl that you eat the same soup for more meals than you might like to admit, just because there is SO MUCH...and that you can keep a loaf of bread mailed to you five months ago this long without finishing it...]In addition to vegetables, I found an assortment of veggie burgers to use as I pleased. The vegan Boca Burgers made their way into another spontaneous veggie-and-canned-tomato saute.As for one of the Morningstar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burger?
After a quick batch of Sweet Potato Straw……I mixed the crumbled burger in, along with some (yes, frozen) peas. A generous sprinkling of smoked paprika (loving that lately), and I was good to go! [If by go...you mean eat.]Even Mr. “I’ve never eaten Pirate’s Booty until today, but I’ll spend 8 hours on my day off making veal stock.”* got in on the deep freeze clean-out. Although we didn’t touch the veal stock (or the chicken, vegetable, and I believe beef, stocks that also reside in the fridge) some thawed grouper ended up being the base for a spontaneous kind-of-Italian (?) fish pasta.
*”And will then point out that it takes only one hour of ‘hands-on’ time to make, not the full eight.”
Where there’s vegetables…well, there’s probably fruit, too, right?And guess what? Frozen fruit really ain’t that bad when used correctly.*
*Whatever “correctly” means…I don’t even know why I said that.To be honest, I ate a lot of the peaches and mango just as they were, once thawed.However, some ended up as a mini fruit salad (along with apples, figs, and frozen berries)……that I packed with the breakfast I felt I didn’t have time to eat before work.^
^And yet had time to photograph? Riiiiiiight….All that delicious cereal mix (including a mess of things, including Central Market Maple Morning Crunch, Graham Bumpers, leftover Cinnamon Toast Crunch impersonater from my White Chocolate Cinna-mini Crunch, and Barbara’s Blueberry Burst Shredded Minis) needed for perfection…was a splash of “peanut butter” kefir.*
It’s quite tasty mixed in with almond milk, too.Topped of with frozen peaches and diced apple…