Lately, I’ve been more mindful of my grocery shopping. After reading an article published last month about all the food that goes to waste, I decided to do my part and balance the scale a least a little bit. I know sometimes fruits and vegetables are not the most perfect looking. Some have bruises others come in slightly different shapes than the flawless images we all grew up seeing in ads, books, magazines, etc. So I’ve been very careful with the quantities of my purchases and how I use everything in my fridge. Sure sometimes it takes more creativity than others, but we all have to do our part and being creative in my cooking doesn’t seem like that much of a sacrifice.
Last week I had some bacon, micro greens, cherry tomatoes, sour cream, and spinach that I absolutely needed to incorporate into a meal soon. In one week these ingredients would have gone to waste along with the 1.6bn tons of food that goes to waste globally each year. I came home one evening and found a defrosted piece of chicken breast that I had to use (apparently my guy was helping me prep for dinner, but didn’t have a plan for the piece of poultry). So there I was with a chicken breast and these must-use ingredients. I decided to take the spinach, mix it with sour cream, some Gorgonzola cheese, onions, garlic salt, and pepper to make a stuffing for the chicken breast. I salted the breast, then I took the last pieces of bacon I had and wrapped it.
I cooked in in the oven for about 40 minutes in 350 degrees and on an iron skillet (set at high) I finished it so that bacon could be nice and crunchy. What I got (to my surprise) was a pretty darn good piece of chicken. It was moist on the inside and crunchy on the outside. I then took my micro greens and placed them on top like a little green hat. It was beautiful and delicious.
I served it with a simple cherry tomato salad to add more freshness. This meal, though totally improvised, was amazing and will definitely be adding to my cooking repertoire. Not to mention, I was able to save some poor fruit or veggie from a horrible destiny in that horrible place called WASTE.