My favourite "I have nothing in the fridge" meal to make is rice. I usually add spices and beans to my rice, while it's cooking, to enhance the flavour. You can add anything to rice, and make it ever so delicious.
Today's lunch - rice and beans, spiced with cumin, chili powder and garlic salt (1 tsp of each, which I add to the water), topped with roasted zucchini and red onion (both of which I found looking slightly sad in the bottom of the fridge).
It's topped with a little bit of Valentina hot sauce. Pretty much the best tasting hot sauce I've ever put in my mouth.
Herb de Provence rubbed beer can chicken, stuffed with whole lemons.
Roasted cherry tomatoes.
Add some french fries, a Caesar salad with homemade dressing, and you've got yourself a nice Sunday night dinner.
Caesar salad dressing recipe: 1 egg yolk, some Anchovy paste, a tablespoon or so of capers, 2 cloves of garlic, juice of one lemon, a spoonful of dijon mustard, salt and pepper to taste, all blended together, then slowly add olive oil until it looks good. I added lots of bacon bits to the final creation.
My sister emailed me asking how to make tofu parmigiana, so here's a quick crash course.
Get a package of firm or extra-firm tofu, and cut the tofu into 1/4" slices.
Bread the tofu. Fill a small bowl with as many breadcrumbs as you think you'll need, and add your favourite spices - I used garlic salt, dried oregano, dried basil, black pepper, and a few shakes of paprika. Keep tasting it until you feel you have a delicious combination.
Fry the tofu until both sides are nice and crispy. Then, in a Pyrex dish, evenly spread out a layer of sauce, then a layer of spinach, and place your tofu pieces on top.
Cover with another layer of tomato sauce, and finish with shredded cheese. I used goat gouda, but mozzarella will work just fine. (you can also add another layer of spinach between the tofu and the tomato sauce if you're feeling you need the extra greens!)
Bake on 400 for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is nice and melty and the sauce is bubbly.
Because I can't eat like everybody else, I've come to realize that I'm really aware of how other people eat. I'm fascinated by what's in other people's fridges (i look in there, instead of the medicine cabinet). The other day I haphazardly made a list of my favourite foods, and ended up with a pretty accurate top ten. (in no order)
1. strawberries 2. meringues (and lemon meringue pie!) 3. lemonade (the tarter, the better) 4. rare steak 5. jumbo grilled shrimp 6. Better Pecan ice cream by Tofutti 7. sweet potatoes... done every which way 8. hot dogs on a gluten free bun (either with mustard, relish, pickles, onions, and a few hot peppers OR just onions and chopped tomatoes with a tiny line of mustard under the hot dog, as posted above) 9. gluten-free onion rings 10 spaghetti with big meatballs
I got the second Diner's, Drive-Ins and Dives cookbook from Winner's for super cheap. I'm pretty stoked about my purchase.
I also got Bobby's Flays Burgers, Fries & Shakes. (I've got a major crush on him.) I can already tell it's going to be a delicious summer.