We're having a bacon and leek pasta bake today. I want to start having lots more veggies - for 2 reasons, the first being it's healthier (and cheaper), secondly because we've got loads of veggies in the freezer. Some are bought frozen packs, such as diced mixed veg, some are loose veggies that I've bought and prepped for the freezer, some just leftover cooked veg.
There's half a bag of frozen edamame beans, some will be going in the pasta bake along with a homegrown leek, but I wanted to add something else too. I had a brainwave and got out one of the bags of diced mixed veg, it's carrots, peas, sweetcorn, red pepper and broccoli. I didn't fancy the carrots, peas and sweetcorn in the pasta bake (don't ask me why, I just didn't!), so poured the lot onto a large plate and picked out all the diced pepper and broccoli. Not a lot of broccoli (coz it's more expensive I suppose), but quite a bit of red pepper. So that will be going in the bake. We'll have a green veg on the side, probably sprouts out of the freezer. I'm not keen on frozen sprouts just boiled, they go so mushy and tasteless. Instead, I put them in a pan with some butter and oil, put the lid on and cook them on a low heat, stirring from time to time, so they're kind of steamed and stir fried at the same time....much nicer.
I've been buying blocks of pastry when I see them reduced, but have decided not to do that anymore - pastry is so cheap and quick to make in a food processor. Well, I'll still buy puff pastry if it's reduced - who bothers making it, it's such a faff. So today I'll make a load of shortcrust, portion it up and freeze it. But first the tall upright freezer needs sorting out....it started off with all the food separated - one drawer for fruit, one for veg, etc etc, but somehow they've all become mixed up and it takes an age to find anything.