Almost a week later, I’m still thankful! And in this case, I’m thankful for chorizo. Because without this wonderfully flavorful dried sausage that Em’s Mom sent in for Em and I to enjoy, these last two meals would have been missing something.
I’m also thankful for making it over a huge cooking hurdle within the past few years. That hurdle standing in the way of so many cooks: the abundance of waste. So to be able to walk through a grocery store or a farmer’s market and feel confident that only scraps and in-edibles will make it into the trash is truly liberating. Because if waste has a direct relationship with overspending, than it has the inverse with creativity. The less you are willing to throw out, the more ways you will find to enjoy your own food!
And these two dishes are great examples of that. Primed with that above mentioned chorizo, a head of cauliflower, a bunch of shitakes, a red pepper, and a can of petite diced tomatoes, all I needed was a “main” ingredient to pack in the flavors while keeping back to back dinners delicious and interesting.
The first was a baked cod smothered in a tomato, red pepper, chorizo and olive sauce. By baking the sauce directly on top of the fish, it is amazing how moist and delicious the outcome is. Paired with some simple roasted cauliflower this meal was easy, fast, and a great reprieve from the turkey and stuffing leftovers.
And while this second dish of mussels and shrimp with cauliflower, red pepper, chorizo, and tomato sauce had almost identical ingredients, the addition of smoked paprika and a half a beer (steaming the mussels with a little beer is just awesome) brought out a whole new flavor combination; one that was thoroughly enjoyed to the very last piece. We even went fishing for more of that chorizo! This one was worthy of a recipe card…
So particularly with the holiday season kicking into high gear take the time to think about your kitchen waste. Because there is nothing more satisfying than cooking yourself and others a delicious meal all while saving some dough!