Vegan Weekend: Stuff In A Pan

By Jane Mountain | November 26, 2011

A frying pan full of tasty food

Leftover turkey is the highlight of the holidays for a lot of people. Just this morning my (now vegan) husband was getting all nostalgic over turkey sandwiches of his youth. All I remember from Thanksgivings of yore is everyone at home getting So. Sick. Of turkey.

I guess other people feel that way, too, since according to the USDA, 35% of perfectly edible turkey meat is wasted at this time of year. And what about all the other leftovers? Do they just sit idly by in your fridge until you notice a funky smell or something growing?

This happens in our house, too. This year, we’re trying our damnedest to stop throwing our meals away. Food waste is a huge drain on natural resources and a total kick in the face to the 1.02 billion people on Earth who are undernourished.

I know you’ve got leftovers sitting in your fridge right now. This Stuff In A Pan recipe might not be gourmet, but it’s the laziest way I know to make those leftovers disappear (pretty deliciously if I do say so myself).

The Recipe
Certified kid-friendly (make your kids earn their keep by cooking!)
Certified kitchen-ninny friendly (you simply cannot botch this recipe)

Almost any leftover in your fridge is fair game. Except pie.

Things I’ve tried before: rice, potatoes, tofu, green beans, mashed sweet potato, carrots, brussels sprouts.

Chop up and add any cooked meat you might have. (I know, this is supposed to be a Vegan Weekend, but eating the leftover meat in your fridge is much better than letting it go to waste.)

If you’re short on veggies you can add frozen veg and if you need extra protein, add a can of beans.

Do It
Heat some olive oil in a large frying pan on medium-high.
Toss in the leftovers.
Stir them around to create a delightful mélange of flavors and colors.
Keep stirring until everything is hot (around 5 mins).
Add a little soy sauce or hot sauce if you need to amp up the flavor.

Serve in a big bowl or wrap in a burrito (this helps hide the fact that it’s not the prettiest meal you ever saw).

Marvel at how good the whole thing tastes!

Nutritional Info
Totally depends on what stuff and how much goes into it. Still, it’s going to be better for you than getting take-out, that’s for sure.

Hi, I’m Jane, founder and chief blogger on My Five Acres. I’ve lived in six countries and have camped, biked, trekked, kayaked, and explored in 50! At My Five Acres, our mission is to inspire you to live your most adventurous life and help you to travel more and more mindfully.


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