Southwest Skillet Supper—Love Your Leftovers!


A Love Your Leftovers meal is kind of the opposite of a pantry meal. A pantry meal is something you make when you open the fridge and there’s nothing much in there. A Love Your Leftovers  meal is what  you make when you open the fridge and there isn’t a square inch to spare because you have too many leftovers crowding the shelves. That happened last night. I had (among other things) leftover white rice from three nights ago, red quinoa from two nights ago, some black beans left from opening a can and using just a few for a quesadilla, a couple of tomatoes whose days were numbered, some kale from the farmer’s market a week-and-a-half ago, and some beautifully colored bell peppers just begging for a purpose. So I made up a meal as I went along, adding some frozen corn and seasoning to all those leftovers, and this was the happy result—good enough to actually buy ingredients for and make again!

Here’s what I used, but you should throw in whatever you’ve got and season it however you like it!

1 cup cooked white basmati rice

2 cups cooked red quinoa

3/4 cup black beans

1/2 cup coarse chopped orange bell pepper

1/2 cup coarse chopped green bell pepper

1/2 of a large Spanish onion, coarse chopped

2 cups of coarse chopped kale

2 small tomatoes, coarse chopped

1 cup frozen corn

2-1/2 Tbs olive oil

1 Tbs liquid aminos

2 Tbs BBQ sauce (I highly recommend Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Sensuous Slathering)

1 tsp chili powder

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp garlic powder

salt to taste

Serve with hot sauce and garnish with fresh cilantro

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, peppers and kale and sauté for two to three minutes or so, until softened but not browning. Add  rice, quinoa, and beans and sauté for a minute or so longer. Add tomato and corn and stir. Add seasonings and sauté another minute or so to let flavors mingle and corn warm through. Serve with hot sauce and garish with fresh cilantro. Avocados and tortilla chips would make great accompaniments too. Or you could use this as a filling for tortillas. Hope you like it!


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