Today was a work day for both me and Nate -- him officially and me unofficially. While Nate toiled at Whole Foods, I have been sitting in the couch writing stories for work -- Nate benefits from getting to be around coworkers and being officially paid for the day, but I get to have "The Empire Strikes Back" on as I write. Decide for yourself who wins in this scenario.
Anyhow, since Nate was away, making dinner for myself fell to, well, me. I had a few parameters:
1) It's incredibly cold in our apartment today, so I wanted something warm
2) We had delicious leftovers in the fridge that it would be a shame to waste
3) As has been the quest lately, I wanted something filling and delicious that would come in under 500 calories.
What I decided on met, more or less, all three. Using greens from the share as a base, I made a standard salad by adding chopped red onion, sliced celery, diced pecans and half of an apple from the share. I warmed up some of the blue potatoes from yesterday, as well as the remaining slices of pork, and put them on the salad. I also made a dressing for the salad with some of the plain yogurt, lemon juice, horseradish, a splash of hot sauce, a sprinkling of sugar and salt and pepper, along with a drizzle of olive oil. That, along with a sprinkling of some of the cheddar, made for a pretty good warm winter salad that was satisfying (at least so far, but it's only been 15 minutes or so), leftover-intensive, and, if my calculations are correct, a shade under 400 calories. Now, if the salad also put away the supplies used to make it and did the dishes it was made on, that would be the greatest ever. But you can't have everything!