Salad is not commonly known for leftover adaptability. However, frugal me is never one to throw out good vegetables, so I devised several ways to "post positively" enhance weeknight meals with those half filled containers of Shabbos salads haunting my refrigerator. Planned over salads save time, save money. I'm sure that's a mitzvah!
Barley Stuffed Tomatoes: Cut tops from tomatoes. Scoop out pulp and reserve for another use. Sprinkle insides of tmatoes with salt and pepper. Invert on paper towels to drain for one hour. Fill tomatoes with Planned Over Toasted Barley and Pecan Salad and place snugly in baking pan. Add water to 1/2" depth in the pan. Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. adapted from vegetarian.about.com
Chillin' Chalupas: Puree one can of pinto beans. Spread on a crisp corn tortilla, add shredded lettuce, Corn & Tomato Salad and jalapeno peppers, green olives, and sour cream if desired.
Fresh Salsa Fish: Spice up a plain fish dinner. Thaw frozen fish fillets, drain well and place in a single layer on a foil lined baking pan, season with salt and pepper. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 minutes until flaky. To each cup of South African Tomato Salad, stir in one half each diced cucumber, mango and bell pepper, 2 tablespoons minced shallots and chopped cilantro to taste. Plate fish and top with this salsa
Mushroom Chicken Breasts: Spread Mushroom Ratatouille over skinless boneless chicken breasts and bake 20 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven.
Mushroom Pasta: Warm any jarred pasta sauce, stir in Mushroom Ratatouille, simmer 5 minutes and toss with your choice of cooked pasta. Add cheese or Planned Over meatballs as desired.
White Pizza: Spread a layer of The Best Kosher Ranch Dressing on individual flat breads or unopened pitas, top with desired toppings (olives, onions, mushrooms, peppers, goat or feta cheese, etc.). Spread a light layer of mozzarella cheese over all. Bake in preheated 500 degree oven 5-10 minutes.
White Pasta Primavera: Toss cooked pasta with enough The Best Kosher Ranch Dressing to coat well. Cut any cooked vegetables on hand (grilled eggplant, peppers, cooked broccoli or cauliflower, carrots, etc.) into bite sized pieces and toss. Warm over low heat, adding more dressing as needed.
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