The theme for me lately is to make sure I use all the leftover bits and pieces from recipes and meals I’ve made. It’s a great way to cut down on grocery purchases as well as the amount of food that goes to waste. Both wins in my single mom budget book.
I try to get creative with my grocery store purchases. Here is the highlight reel for one of my days last week. I had a great week and stuck to the plan of use it not lose it. The grocery grand total the past month came to just under $140 for me and The Kid. Not bad at all considering all but about 5 meals were eaten at home.
The Kid and I were at the grocery store last weekend and she wanted sushi. Conveniently for her they were giving away samples of something called a crunchy roll. It was pretty much a California roll with sriracha mayo and crispy onions on the outside. She loved it and I loved the price tag. 😉
It was so good and I thought “Hey, I can do something like this!” and immediately thought about the leftover crunchy onions from a green bean casserole. Another excuse to use up something in the pantry instead of buying more. I made my very own version of the bowl using my 7 Items that I got at Trader Joe’s.
Crunchy Roll Bowl
- 3 cups (85g) Trader Joe’s – Cruciferous Crunch Collection
- 1/3 cup (90g) cucumber, diced
- 1/4 cup (57g) carrots, sliced
- 1/4 cup (40g) orange pepper, sliced
- 2 oz protein of choice such as grilled chicken breast, ahi tuna, imitation crab meat, tofu
- 1 Tbsp Mongolian sauce
- 1 Tbps (15g) low fat mayonnaise
- 1/2 tsp sriracha sauce
- 2 Tbsp (7g) fried onion pieces
Layer the veggies and protein in a large bowl, and drizzle with the Mongolian sauce. Mix the mayo and sriracha in a small bowl and drizzle over the top. Sprinkle with the onion pieces and enjoy.
Makes one large bowl at approximately 240 calories – 14g protein, 28g carbs, and 8g fat.
I used leftover homemade seitan for the protein in my version, but you can make it more sushi-like with ahi tuna or imitation crab pieces. Some other ideas you can toss in are sliced avocado and pickled ginger. All the fun of a crunchy roll in a bowl!
Drop me an email, or come on over to Facebook and ask a question. I also do one time macro calculations and offer a Jump Start Program to get you through the upcoming holidays. If you’re interested in working with me to get meals together fast while working towards your health goals, I’d love to chat.
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard, take a lot of time or cost a lot of money.