Romancing the Meal!

Three examples of easy meal re-invention made simply and quickly

Find the romance in your meals this month! Valentines day is at the heart of February, inspiring us to spice things up, to find the sensual in the ordinary and to re-stoke the love within and around us. I say we pour this sentiment into our own kitchens, our own pantries, even into our own day old food. Yup, let’s shed some light and love on leftovers this month! Let’s re-dress, re-spirit and make over the day old food as fabulous new dinner features or pallet teasing appy’s. Here’s some ways I did it this month.

IMG_08381. Parsley pesto on trout – fancied into fish tacos! featuring some fantastic roasted cabbage 


I used this trout recipe.

Then I heated some corn tortillas by warming them on a cast iron skillet with oil (3 min each side). I layered some kale, roasted cabbage and fish. Voila!



 IMG_08342. Hearty Oatmeal Muffinized 


I used my hearty oatmeal recipe (coming soon) however any oatmeal works so long as it’s not runny like a cream of wheat style. I simply added 4 eggs to roughly 4 servings of leftover oatmeal. I spooned it into lined muffin tins and baked at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 min. Tada! Also good to dress with with nut butters, jams etc. These won’t rise so feel free to fill the muffins as full as you want the end product to be.


3. Quinoa sausage stuffing turned luscious lettuce wraps



I simply used iceberg lettuce layers to wrap my leftover quinoa sausage stuffing. This recipe will also be coming to a naturmend blog near you soon, please wait with bated breath. If I had to preview it for you however I would start with sautéing celery and onions with butter and summer savory then blending with cooked spolumbo sausage, cooked quinoa, nuts, seeds, cried cranberry then baking at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 45min.



Enlighten the experience

Don’t forget about your surroundings. Here’s a few ways to change things up for some fun in your own home:

  • Dress up – nylons and all
  • Use wine glasses for your drinks
  • Use fancy dinner wear – pull out the silver
  • Speak with an accent from a romantic language like french or Italian throughout dinner
  • Repeat throughout the year on any given day of the month



Sarah Kent, ND

Sarah KentDr. Sarah Kent is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor specializing in your health.  She blends traditional knowledge with current scientific understanding to generate wellness within her patients. She has received specialized training in naturopathic sports medicine, applying the principles and tools of naturopathic care in treating athletes.

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