Thanks to Laura from The Wonky Food Company for sharing this flexi-recipe with us!
Give your leftovers a new lease of life by turning them into a ‘Power Bowl’ packed with veggies and grains.
There are 5 key components
· Whole Grain
· Sprinkles (nuts, seeds, herbs, croutons)
Grains: a power bowl starts with a base of grain- a great way to use up that leftover grain from last night’s dinner. For example rice, couscous, or bulgur wheat all work well. Did you know leftover grains last up to 5 days in the fridge?
Follow up with your veggies: sliced peppers, cucumber, and radishes all add crunch, and a combination of grated carrot and beetroot, baby leaves, shredded cabbage, broccoli, tomatoes, and diced roasted sweet potato, to name just a few that you could use. A great trick for reviving a tired carrot or limp lettuce is to submerge it into ice cold water and leave for 15 – 30 minutes!
Now for your protein. Leftover roast meat or tinned beans/chickpeas work well here.
For the dressing, you can really get creative. Think citrus dressing using up your leftover limes, oranges or lemons, mixed with a glug of oil (or mayo) and seasoned with salt and pepper. Or whizz up some citrus juice with oil, garlic, yoghurt, and any soft leaf herbs. If you don’t have time for that, then a drizzle of sweet chilli sauce or vinegar and oil will do the trick.
Finally, finish with a sprinkle: sesame seeds or salted nuts add extra texture and flavour. Herbs like mint, basil, tarragon, parsley and coriander provide the perfect finish.
Turn stale bread into croutons: cut them into bite-sized pieces, throw into a bowl and drizzle with oil, salt and spices/herbs (we like paprika and oregano). Bake at 150°C for 20 – 25 minutes or until nice and crunchy. Leftover croutons will last several months if stored in an airtight container on the counter or in the freezer.
Equal rights for all fruit and veg!
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