I shouldn’t really say I’m not good at it… I’m not really good at traditional meal planning. I’ve tried. You all know I’ve tried because I’ve blogged about it before. My attempts always get to the point that I feel like that piece of paper on the fridge is telling me what to do, and then I get defensive – even though I wrote what’s on that page and put it up!
What I do now is kind of like planning, but not as strict. I can plan one or two meals, then using staples in the house make unique, seat-of-my-pants meals using leftovers. This is working for me. For example, this week I knew I was going to be cooking a huge turkey and having lots of leftovers. From these leftovers, we had a second day of turkey dinners because we love them, but eventually the gravy ran out. Sad face.
Today, we added a touch of India to our holiday leftovers and created Tandoori Turkey Paninis. Simply adding 2 tsp of Patak’s Tandoori Curry Paste (Cook the paste with a few tablespoons of water in a frying pan on medium heat for a few minutes to release the full flavours and aroma of the paste. Let the paste mixture cool and then use) to 1/2 a cup of real mayonnaise made a sauce that made a huge difference in the end result… this wasn’t just a turkey sandwich, it was deliciously different. Some fresh cilantro would have made this sandwich complete, but the selection at our local market had had a blue Christmas… next time. This Tandoori mayo would also make a great dipper for sweet potato fries and I can’t help but imagine slathering it on chicken or turkey breasts before roasting… yum! Of course, traditionally, you would blend the curry paste with yogurt… but you know me and traditional.
Being a #PataksMom has inspired a lot of last-minute meals in our house the past few months and all of them have been huge hits… I think more of that leftover turkey is going to end up being simmered in some Patak’s Butter Chicken cooking sauce over the weekend. Yummo!
Disclosure: I am part of the Patak’s Canada Ambassador program with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.