In an effort to make more lunches and save money and calories, I've been bringing some simple but tasty lunches to work. Some days I bring a cooked sweet potato, some days leftovers from dinner and others (though less frequently) a salad.
Last night I was prepping some quinoa to bring in. I wanted to cook it in a veggie stock - so I added some carrots, pepper and celery to my sautéed onion and garlic mix. Worried that the flavor would still be too bland, I added a leftover chunk of smoked gouda I had from a party. Amazing. The entire broth filled with a perfectly smoky, salty flavor without adding bacon or pancetta (which in my experience hasn't worked nearly as well not to mention how much less healthy...) I added a cup of quinoa and some cannelloni beans and voila - lunch. Easy, healthy, cheap and tasty.
I'll definitely be remembering to try it in more recipes too --- the flavor profile is fantastic.