Liking Leftovers

January 16, 2009

Food Science lab was all measuring today :( Can’t wait to do some cooking! We have to do a final project that is some kind of food experiment. I talked to my professor and she loves the idea of testing the effect of different forms of banana on oatmeal consistency! Frozen, sliced, mashed, heated, and no banana. The class will do a sensory evaluation on each type and report differences in gelatinization and texture. I may tweak the variables, but I was happy to hear that oatmeal would work because I am truly interested in this topic!

I may claim to dislike leftovers, but what I love doing is taking pieces of leftovers and creating a new dish. I bring you Tofu + Root Veggie Crouton Couscous Over Spinach!

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I put it all on a bed of baby spinach, which steamed as the food heated. On top was a serving of our Near East Curry Couscous plus about 1/2 a cup of leftover potatoes and 1 slab of tofu. Plus some more of those heavenly breadcrumbs!

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Plus I had about a half cup of cottage cheese topped with a drizzle of maple syrup and some Quaker Oat Squares –

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+ warmth.

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It was a wonderful and filling lunch!

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I’m working on packing for my trip. Here’s my selection of bars + trail mix for the car ride + weekend, plus a sandwich for both my mom and I (ham, swiss, spinach, mustard, pickle) and carrots for tomorrow’s lunch. We’ll probably add an apple each as well.

**My mom and I might eat in downtown Fredericksburg, VA on Monday. Does anyone have any restaurant recommendations?**

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I cannot believe this is the exact flight I have taken many times. SO SCARY but I am very glad everyone was OK. It is amazing to hear the passengers’ stories.

Pilot praised for ‘masterful’ landing

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Gotta go pack and get ready to leave!!

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1 Maggie January 16, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Oo fun lunch! You should test ripeness of the banana too – makes such a difference :)


2 Beadie January 16, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Can’t wait to hear about the oatmeal/banana results!

That bike thing looks pretty cool.


3 Allison K January 16, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Have fun on the trip with your mom!


4 Sara January 16, 2009 at 2:09 pm

That bike lane thing is so cool! Have fun on your trip.


5 VeggieGirl January 16, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Mmm, mmm, mmm!!

Love the bike path that moves with you!! 😀


6 Sarah (Tales of Expansion) January 16, 2009 at 2:11 pm

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — I love beautifully re-purposed leftovers and seeing everything go to good use!

Your banana oatmeal experiment sounds fascinating. I can’t wait to hear about how it evolves.


7 Shelby January 16, 2009 at 2:11 pm

What a colorful lunch! So pretty.

That bike lane is so cool!!!


8 hk January 16, 2009 at 2:14 pm

oh my, I LOVE this lunch!!! couldn’t be more up my ally :) have a great trip!


9 Melissa (fitnessnyc) January 16, 2009 at 2:14 pm

lunch looks so yummy! great care package!


10 Tina January 16, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Haha! Love your experiment idea! Can’t wait to hear about it! :)


11 zestycook January 16, 2009 at 2:17 pm

Have fun on your trip Kath! Lunch looks so fun. I love leftovers.



12 JENNA January 16, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Your experiment idea is great, you should test dehydrated bananas as well!

have a great trip.


13 Nicole January 16, 2009 at 2:22 pm

That bike lane is so cool!


14 Missy (Missy Maintains) January 16, 2009 at 2:22 pm

The oatmeal banana experiment sounds very interesting!! Lunch looks delicious as well! So scary about the plane crash…I work next to the Hudson!


15 Jessica January 16, 2009 at 2:23 pm

I wish you a wonderful evening tonight with the other RDU bloggers and a great trip with family. I hope to catch up with you next time.


16 Marianne January 16, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Now that’s my kind of lab! None of this boring chemical reaction crap! Sounds like it will be interesting.

And there’s nothing wrong with leftovers, even in the exact same state as the night before!

Have a good trip :)


17 Hilary January 16, 2009 at 2:34 pm

that’s such a great idea for a project! I will definitely be interested in the results! Recently, I bought the discounted bananas that were getting too brown and mushed them up and froze them. I’ve just been cutting pieces off every morning and putting it in my oats. It’s working well!


18 AshleyH January 16, 2009 at 2:34 pm

oh I can not begin to tell you how much you amaze me with your meal creations. I wish I was half as creative as you are!!


19 Sarah W. January 16, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Okay I am like only an hour & 15mins away from Fredericksburg! I live in Centreville, VA!

Next time you come near here we should hook up!


20 Bear January 16, 2009 at 2:39 pm

hey kath,
my dad just got back from virginia and visited ppl in fredericksberg who took him to Claiborne’s – he said it was awesome so i figured i’d give you the info:
the website says: “It’s high time you tried low-country…enjoy our eclectic menu offering a variety of fresh seafood, beef, chicken, and low-country Southern favorites.”

– anyway, i saw Baked Sweet Potato as one of the side dishes and thought of you 😀


21 sara January 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Looks amazing AS USUAL! How do you cook your tofu/for how long? I would love suggestions, I love tofu but need some suggestions on baking it, how to do it what to season it with etc. I keep sending people to your blog by the way and EVERYONE comes back saying the same thing “I had oatmeal the next day!!!!” :) Starting monday (the groceries being delivered Sunday…) I will be an oatmeal convert :)


22 Kath January 16, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Bear ,
Thanks for the link, but it looks like they only do dinner :(

sara ,
I think I replied to your comment last night? Check for a how-to-cook tofu page.



23 megan January 16, 2009 at 3:00 pm

I’ll be interested to hear about your oatmeal project! i tend to dislike oatmeal that is gelatinous, so I’m excited to see if there’s a way to make it creamier and smoother…


24 Katie January 16, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Really? You’re interested in oatmeal? I never would have guessed. :)

That lunch looks divine. Have a great trip!


25 Oh She Glows January 16, 2009 at 3:04 pm

haha you interested in Oatmeal?? no! 😛
That experiment sounds awesome!!! Maybe Quaker would publish the results…lol.



26 K January 16, 2009 at 3:14 pm

What a fun final! Perfect for you!! You look fully prepared for your trip :)


27 Victoria January 16, 2009 at 3:16 pm

Glad you’re going to get to do an oatmeal experiment. :)
I was so impressed when I read about the pilot’s handling of that landing!


28 Maxine January 16, 2009 at 3:17 pm
29 TracyJ January 16, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Fun class project! When I took that class in college, I chose to test the effect of great northern beans as a fat replacement in chocolate chip oatmeal cookies! It was alot of fun testing the different variations!


30 Danielle January 16, 2009 at 3:30 pm

An oatmeal experiement? What a great subject for you!
That bike lane thing is so cool.
What a fun way to eat leftovers.


31 melissa sue January 16, 2009 at 3:44 pm

I second Maggie’s suggestion: the ripeness of the banana is a HUGE deal with oats, in my opinion. It changes both the consistency and flavor. I prefer them to be older and dark in spots. Do you have a preference?

Jenna’s idea to use dehydrated bananas is also interesting.

It might also be interesting to see if one way of processing the banana is any healthier than the other.

looooove that bike lane gadget. very cool.

be safe and have fun!


32 Marissa January 16, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Yummy lunch!!


33 sara January 16, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Kath, thanks & sorry! I definitely may have had a blonde moment and asked again :) Thanks!!


34 Sharon January 16, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Bike thing sounds so cool!


35 Laura January 16, 2009 at 4:04 pm

I love La Petite Auberge in Fredericksburg. Bistro Bethem, right next door, is another good choice.

Sammy T’s is a great lunch spot. I went to Mary Washington, and this was a very popular place for students.

There’s also a new wine bar I’ve been wanting to check out.


36 Katelyn January 16, 2009 at 4:10 pm

How awesome that you’ll get credit for testing something you love to cook?!


37 Olivia January 16, 2009 at 4:23 pm

Hi Kath!

You are in luck! I live in Downtown Fredericksburg which we locals lovingly call Fredvegas. 😉

Based on what you like I would recommend Sammy T’s they have vegan and vegetarian options but if you sit in the main dining area it is smoking only. So asked to be directed to the non smoking entrance.

I saw that someone else recommended Kybecca and they are indeed FABULOUS but I don’t believe they serve lunch. They are worth stoping by though just for the artisanal wine and beer they stock.
There is also Truluv’s which is my personal favorite:
Sometimes their service is a little slow but be prepared to get a to go box, the portions are nuts. The crab bisque is a must try and they have sweet potato fries which they dust with cinnamon sugar. YUM!

If you are looking more for a sandwich type place I would suggest Eileen’s at the Chimneys:
Amazing pastries, sandwiches and sides.

Good luck on your drive. It is inauguration weekend and they are predicting mad, crazy traffic since we are a communting suburb of DC.

Hope you enjoy Fredvegas!


38 Olivia January 16, 2009 at 4:25 pm

should read *commuting* not communting. 😉


39 Marisa (trim the fat) January 16, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Love your bar stash! How do you like the YOU BAR?

Have a nice trip!


40 Kiersten January 16, 2009 at 5:32 pm

I love turning leftovers into something new. They never get boring that way.

Have a nice trip :)


41 Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 16, 2009 at 5:33 pm

That Food Science class is right up your alley!!!

I love how pretty you make my Quaker oat squares look…its like I took them to Glamour Shots!

Looks like you’ve got some great goodies for your trip!


42 emmy January 16, 2009 at 6:12 pm

that class sounds fabulous! I love hearing all about your education; it’s definiatly helping me weigh my own options. Lunch looks great as well. Have a great time on your trip, I’ll be in MD as well so I’ll hope for good weather for both of us!


43 jenny January 16, 2009 at 6:27 pm

i have a question. . . for the yogadownloads, how do they bill you for the free classes?do they send a mail to your house, even if it is free?


44 Meg January 16, 2009 at 6:36 pm

Have a safe trip!

Love the banana/oatmeal idea.

Your lunch is so colorful!


45 beth January 16, 2009 at 6:50 pm

My son did a high school science project a few years ago on cooling foods safely. i.e. stews, chili, etc. since he had to do it with many variables, the best and cheapest similar food we could think of was oatmeal. We cooled it in an ice water bath in the sink, in a deep pan, in shallow pans, etc.
oatmeal experiments made me think of it.


46 thepinkpeppercorn January 16, 2009 at 10:02 pm

oooh love the bike lane, and absolutely adore the photo of your sunny lunch!


47 Kath January 16, 2009 at 10:35 pm

Maxine ,
They did!!!! Yum kale chips.

melissa sue,
I used to like green bananas, but now the riper the better, esp. in oats!

Laura + Olivia,
Thank you guys so much for the recs!

AshleyH ,

Marisa (trim the fat),
I’ve only had one and it was just like a Clif Nectar chocolate bar – very good!



48 Kathy S January 17, 2009 at 7:16 am

That class sounds interesting… much more so than Organic Chem!

Do you take any classes on healthy eating while abroad? I’m n a third world country, and as a vegetarian who cannot eat the vegetables here (they’re unsafe), I find myself eating bread. Lots of carbs. And I’ve gained weight. It’s poopy. But I was wondering if they teach you about how to get your normal nutrition in these types of places.


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