My challenge lately has been to make meals that don’t require a trip to the grocery store (with the exception of a few essentials). And honestly I’m amazed at how much crap — I mean food — is actually in the freezer.
It’s been 3 weeks since I’ve done a serious shopping trip. I’m still pulling food out of the freezer! And there’s still more to go.
This meal is a result of using up leftovers. Wine that’s been in the fridge since who knows when. (Oh hey S, I opened your white wine. Hope you don’t mind I turned it into delicious food!) Seafood mix that’s been in the freezer at least 3 months now (I bought it on a whim when I was grocery shopping while hungry). And saffron that I purchased so long ago I don’t care to figure it out (let’s just say I’m pretty sure I was still living with my parents and possibly even in undergrad at the time).
The result? Tons of food to keep as leftovers. Used up a bunch of food that I had purchased without a plan. And created more dishes that usual to clean up later (but that’s ok, because now I have leftovers).
Mixed Seafood with Saffron Sauce and Rice
- 2 cups white wine (I used a Pinot Grigio)
- 2 cups chicken stock
- Pinch of saffron
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup rice (I used Jasmine rice)
- 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 package of mixed seafood (I think it was about 1kg), thawed
- 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- In a sauce pan, heat 1 cup of the white wine, add saffron, cover, and remove from heat. Set aside to let the saffron steep.
- Melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Add rice. Cook for a minute, stirring, to coat the rice.
- Add 1 cup of white wine and two cups of chicken stock. Cook rice until tender.
- Melt the remaining butter in a large cooking pot. Add garlic. Cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add seafood mixture. Cover. And cook until heated through/cooked (the seafood mix I purchased was pre-cooked).
- Put it all together! Combine the steeped saffron, rice, and seafood. Sprinkle with parsley and lemon juice.
- Beg someone else to help with the dishes.