Should we keep holding on to yesterday’s meals?
In my childhood, my uncle repeatedly told me that it is important to have food ready because the Goddess Laxmi may arrive unannounced, in the form of an unexpected guest. Food must be on offer! While it made sense to be hospitable, it seemed a shame to let food turn stale. Perhaps relevant in older times, but today, it is rare for a guest to turn up unannounced!
This really brings up the question of whether it is prudent to hoard up for unforeseen events(a thought rooted in scarcity thinking) or to allow flow. Starting from giving away books, I now consistently review and minimize my own possessions. Life has rewarded my growing trust and I have seen that what you need, will reach you just in time.
However, letting go of even our excess items is considered difficult. It is not unusual to see people’s fridges overflowing with leftovers that are saved up for later use, but finally goes waste. With experience, I know that clearing out unnecessary stuff clears our energies and lifts our spirits. Try cleaning out your fridge/larder and you will see what I mean!
So instead of holding on to leftovers, I either reinvent them, or give them away, preferably within the day.
I retain small quantities of raw vegetables, fruit, nuts, etc. as well as different sauces, pestos, masalas, etc. This way, different combinations can be quickly prepared if so required. Any cooked vegetables/sprouts go into toasted sandwiches, Rotis into convenient wraps and cooked rice lends itself to endless combinations the next day. Or it is shared with someone else.
In the spirit of keeping my fridge clean, energies flowing and transforming potential waste into something delicious, here’s what I did with yesterday’s leftover rice:
1 1/2 cup cooked rice
8-10 French Beans
8 spring onions (without greens in this case)
2 Portabella Mushrooms
1 Red Bell Pepper
2 Green Chillies
6 cloves garlic
3/4th teaspoon sugar
(last 3 to taste)
Drizzle of cooking oil
- Slice everything long and thin.
- Heat a large wok or kadhai adding a drizzle of oil
- Add in the following order: Garlic, Chillies, Spring Onion, Salt, Soya Sauce, Sugar and Vinegar, French Beans, Bell Pepper, Mushrooms, Cucumber. Keep stirring as you add them one by one, with a longer pause after the french beans.
- Add the Rice quickly after the cucumber and toss around.
- Add the tomatoes. Stir a bit and remove from heat.
Done! You can substitute the vegetables with almost any other ones you happen to have.