The first thing that gets used up when you are eating your way through the stores is the fresh stuff, after all you don't want it to go off and be unusable. So with this in mind the other day I made a huge tray full of Mediterranean vegetables, peppers, tomatoes, onions and courgettes. Sprinkled with garlic flakes, chilli flakes, black pepper and a good glug of olive oil and then roasted in the oven for about 30 minutes, they form the basis of some of our favourite meals.
We had some as soon as they were cooked with Cous cous, and a small beef fillet for Lovely Hubby, I had some with brown rice for lunch the next day. Last night we had them in a quiche with a side salad and tonight the final few spoonfuls of them have been used to top some bought in cheapo pizzas that were lurking at the bottom of the chest freezer, with a small tin of Mackerel fillets on Lovely Hubby's and extra cheese sprinkled on top of both of them.
A lovely nutritious base for lots of meals that takes minutes to prepare and keeps really well in the fridge. We have a few more veggies in the salad drawer of the fridge and then we will have to start raiding the freezer and using up all the bags of our own produce that we froze on harvesting. I know for a fact that there are at least four bags of blanched cabbage, so I'll be googling up ways of using this to keep it as interesting as possible.