a little of this and that


It is Monday.  And the start of "make-do week" in this household.  What does this mean exactly?  Well, it being the end of the month with my grocery budget gone, I always see what I can create from the things I have- which is actually quite a fun activity.

I'm easily pleased.

Lunches are most enjoyable because I have only myself (and the tyke) to worry about and thus can be a little more creative.  My love for these things has really helped get rid of a lot of random leftovers in my fridge:

Have you discovered them?  I do believe I've mentioned them a time or two in the past.  You can get 'em at any major grocery store these days.  They are simply wraps (though not tough like tortillas, these are softer and tastier).  They come in a variety of different flavors- my favorite is the multigrain but you can choose what you like.  Check 'em out here.

I not only like them for their texture and flavor- but also because they are low in calories (only 100-120 depending on which kind you get) they have loads of protein and fiber to boot.  A perfect package. 

I've been known to grab whatever is lying around in my fridge and wrap it up in a Flatout.  Ideas include but are not limited to:  leftover meatloaf, eggs/black beans/salsa/guacamole, turkey/spinach/dijon/provolone, chicken/artichokes/sun dried tomatoes, etc.  They are incredibly versatile.

Today- I had a hankering for egg salad and just so happened to hard boil some eggs last night so I thought, why not?  It was the perfect opp to use one of the wraps.  In my fridge I also had some spinach and leftover cabbage slaw so I threw 'em on the wrap first:

Then, after mixing up the egg salad (mine is simply 6 chopped hardboiled eggs, 1/4 cup mayo, 1/4 cup plain non-fat yogurt, some celery salt, pepper, a tablespoon of whole grain mustard, a tsp dry mustard, a dash of cayenne pepper, and some finely chopped celery), I realized I had a jar of these suckers chilling in my pantry:

My lovely Aunt Susie's divine clove-infused sweet pickles.  Mmmmmm.
Don't they look positively delectable?

They are absolutely wonderful in egg salad.  Thus, I chopped a few up and threw 'em into the mix.  They add lovely color and a hint of sweetness that was otherwise lacking.  BTW: sorry the photo below is sideways, it is my one peeve with Blogger- sometimes the photos don't do what I'd like them to.

Blogger- are you out there???

Fix this please.  Thanks.

Throw the egg salad on top of the greenery and cabbage.

And, if you're like me, nothing is complete without a nice dose of cheese.
Good cheese, that is.
Like this:

So top it off with a bit of Havarti with dill (or whatever you have).
Yes, that should do it.
Wrap it all up, slice in half, and enjoy.

Now...what will tomorrow's meal hold? 
Only time (and leftovers) will tell.

Happy February-in-closing!


Kirsten's Cooking said...

that looks delightful, Abbie!

I love being creative - people always said of my grandmother, "she could make a meal out of nothing" - may the same be said of us! :)

jamie said...

looks really good ab! you guys really have a grocery budget? :) i don't think we have ever had one! :)

Abbie said...

Well, we HAVE a budget but it's the one area that I pretty much always blow so I am trying to be better! The last week of the month forces me to be creative and NOT try new recipes that I need new ingredients for. It's good for me!

Alli said...

It's creative week for us too, Abbie. I think it's fun! Looks like you have more scrumptious things left in your fridge than we do, though. :D Creative week for me often means chili, because I almost always have beans and canned tomatoes around. The real challenge will hit around Wednesday... what to fix then??

Your wrap looks delicious! Also, kudos on all the good food photography you do - some of it looks really pro!

Annika said...

We love those wraps! I recently discovered their 'flat bread' thingies (I know not a word!) My kids love to eat wraps and flat bread too, they are so versatile!

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