Recently I have been getting more and more fed up with those half used packets of different foods shoved at the back of my cupboard. I know the whole point of non perishable food is that it can become part of loads of meals. But I just seem to be collecting half empty packets of loads and loads of things, I mean I have 4 different kinds of rice packets all half used. How annoying!
After reaching my limit of shoving more and more in the cupboard I have decided to start using it. In my mind this is a great challenge. You spend less money as you are using up rather than buying more, you get to be a bit inventive and play around with flavours and ideas. Oh yes and you get more cupboard space.
As there is no better time than now, today I decided to use up a bag of red lentils that have been hanging around for a bit longer than I want them to. After exploring through my cupboards for other accompaniments I decided curried lentils, toasted pitta with yogurt on top was the way to go. Delicious!
SO here is my challenge to you , reach in the cupboards see what you have got hanging around and play ready steady cook – no time limit just make what you can with what you have. Leave a comment below and let me know how it goes.
Here is the recipe from my simple leftovers supper.
Leftover lentils – I reckon about 200g
½ onion ( leftover) thinly chopped
2 cloves garlic- chopped
1 chilli – chopped
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
½ tsp fennel seed
1 tin tomatoes
1 tsp sugar
salt and pepper to taste
- Heat some oil in a pan, add the onion and soften
- Add the garlic and all the spices
- Add the lentils to the pan, stir and then add water
- Pour in the tomatoes, season and leave to simmer for 25- 30 mins
- Serve with some toasted pita and a dollop of yogurt
See what you can do with those pesky leftovers!