This isn’t the post I was planning on writing today. I was going to do the one I never got around to posting last Tuesday because I was passed out on the recliner with a horrible cold. However, this past Saturday I had the itch to really cook and I wanted to use up some items in our fridge and pantry that were borderline expired. Inspired by one of my favorite shows Chopped, I came up with a dish that was pretty delicious. I was so proud of it, I just couldn’t wait another week to share it!
Anyone who knows me well, knows how horrible I am at using food that is even a little bit past its expiration date. I am super picky about my produce and recently realized it comes from a weekend job I had in high school. My mom’s friend who had cancer would have me come over to help her prepare her produce. I had to make sure everything was cleaned really well and that there were no brown spots on anything. I am trying really hard to get over this because I end up wasting so much food.
When I looked into the fridge this weekend and saw an unopened bag of spinach that had a “use by” date for the day before, I hesitated a little. Most of it looked fresh with no brown or wilting so I ignored the expiration date, overcame my OCD and decided to use it. We also had an orange and a yellow bell pepper that we bought the week before and both still looked in good shape. And I found an almost full bag of the harvest grain blend that expires next month so I wanted to use some of that too. The stuffed flounders had been in our freezer for months because I would always forget to put them in the fridge the night before so that they could thaw. Luckily, they thawed pretty quickly in some cold water. I wanted to use fresh onion and garlic, but unfortunately the ones we had were goners. Regardless, we still ended up with a pretty amazing dinner!
Crab Stuffed Flounder over Harvest Grains and Sautéed Spinach and Bell Peppers
-Pacific flounder with crab meat stuffing
-Organic orange and yellow bell peppers
-Organic fresh spinach
-Harvest grains blend
-Garlic powder, onion powder, curry powder, crushed red pepper flakes, salt and pepper
-Organic coconut oil
First, I cut the bell peppers into really thin strips. I browned the garlic powder slightly in a frying pan with a couple tablespoons of coconut oil. Then I added the peppers and other seasonings and sautéed them for about 10-15 minutes. I added the fresh spinach and continued cooking until it was just wilting. I cooked the fish and the harvest grains blend according to their package directions, and I seasoned the harvest grains with just salt and pepper.
*Trader Joe’s does not pay me to write this.