utilizing our leftovers is the new sexy!

The idea behind these two recipes is utilizing my ingredients.  I hate wasting food and I think living a sustainable lifestyle isn't just about buying local food or chewing greens.  How we utilize our resources can help reduce energy consumption on a bigger scale in the long run.   This also helps us save money, too.  :)  

I wish you a happy week ahead.  

Veggies skewer is a great way to use up our leftovers.  The highlight here is just the sauce and it is so simple to make.  I added a chopped garlic clove, 1 tsp minced ginger, 1/2 seeded chili, some chopped spring onion, 2-3 tbsp soy sauce, 1-2 tsp honey, 1 tbsp mirin.  Brush the sauce on the veggies skewer and after finishing grilling the skewers, simply brush more for an extra taste. 

Serve your skewers with your favorite salad, rice, or whatever.  It is fun and delicious.  :)  If you make them for kids, simply take out the chili. I'm sure kids would love them.  

 These little patties are super easy to make.  You can freeze the extras in your freezer for later days.  You can serve them as starters or use them as a veggie burger.  :) 

These little patties are super easy to make.  You can freeze the extras in your freezer for later days.  You can serve them as starters or use them as a veggie burger.  :) 

Servings: 6 patties (depending how big you like to make your patties)

Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes

Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients: 

1 bowl leftover cooked brown rice

1/2 cob corn kernel, cooked and removed from cob

1/2 carrot, shredded and half cooked on a frying pan with a little olive oil 

2 shallots, finely chopped

1-2 egg

1/2 cup breadcrumbs/flour (I used flour because I ran out of breadcrumbs when I was making these patties)

1/3 cup grated parmesan

1-2 garlic, finely chopped

1/2 chili, finely chopped

extra-virgin olive oil

For the saffron & garlic mayonnaise: 

1 small package saffron

1 small bowl mayonnaise

1/2 lemon juice and zest

1 small garlic clove, finely chopped

Instructions: 

1) Get a large mixing bowl, add all the vegetables first.  Then add the eggs, cheese and flour.  Season.  

2) Make the patties with your hands and go here for instructions.  

3) Preheat a frying pan on medium-low heat, add a generous amount of oil and add the patties once the oil gets hot, cook each side for about 5-10 minutes before flipping to the other side.  Reduce heat if needed to avoid burning your patties.  

4) Place the patties on a paper towel to soak up the excess oil before serving.  

Remark: You can add more vegetables like leftover zucchini, peas or whatever you like.  :)