The Second Rule of Improv

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I'm obsessed with Improv Cooking because it saves time, money, and it helps you focus on eating more real food and less take-out.  You'll remember that the First Rule of Improv is to stock your pantry with the right ingredients.  Once you've got that down, the second rule is simple enough - raid your refrigerator and pantry for inspiration.

I can't tell you how many times I've heard, "there's nothing to eat".  Only to take a look and come up with 3 - 5 simple meal ideas using the contents of that very same refrigerator.  

Here are some of my favorite tips:

Quinoa Salad with Sweet Potatoes

Quinoa Salad with Sweet Potatoes

  1. Start by looking for anything fresh that is ripe, or that may expire soon, and let that ingredient be your inspiration.  The other day I had sweet potatoes that needed to be used.  So instead of just roasting them, I combined them with a few other ingredients into my favorite Quinoa Salad.  And now we have a meal and not just a side!
  2. Look for any leftovers that can be used in a new way.  One of my favorite ways to use leftover brown rice or any grain, is to turn it into a Healthy Fried Rice.  I almost always have eggs, and frozen peas and carrots on hand, so this one is a no-brainer when there's nothing else around.
  3. Once you find an anchor ingredient, start to Google recipes using that ingredient. If you're feeling stumped, start typing some of the ingredients you have on hand into Google and see what comes back.  This is how I find a lot of new recipes including this one for Red Lentils with Garlic and Onion (note: there's a type-o in this recipe, use 2 cloves of garlic, not 12).

If you're a busy person without hours to spend prepping and preparing dinner,  join me for my one-hour Improv Cooking virtual course. 

Cheers to you,