I hate wasting food. Like, a lot. I'm not saying I'm a freegan who jumps into grocery store dumpsters with a flashlight on my forehead digging for bruised tomatoes and dented cans of Spaghettios, but I definitely feel a twinge of remorse when I throw out uneaten produce or meals that didn't quite live up to my expectations.
Last week I made a roasted tomato and red pepper soup that didn't really light my fire, but I remained convinced I could transform this less-than-stellar soup into a super-tasty somethin' else. One of the most gratifying parts about cooking is the creativity it occasionally requires, so I donned my thinking cap and came up with another use for what I considered kind of a dud.
I grabbed some zucchini and squash from the "reduced for quick sale" bin at my grocery, which offers 6 squash for $1. (Hmmm, maybe I do have some of the freegan-blood swirling in me) and gave them a shimmy in the frying pan with some olive oil and garlic.
Poured the "soup" on top, grated some fresh parmesan and voila! Presto-chango...a deconstructed zucchini parm without the heavy breading. Or, as they say 'round these parts, cheap squash with some old tomato soup poured on top. Who cares? It was a lot better than the original meal, and I didn't waste anything.
What's the best dinner do-over you ever came up with?