I hate to waste food. I will go to great lengths to use up all leftover food and food ingredients. Leftover soda from having company? It becomes the base for a sauce for chicken or meat. Leftover kosher for passover mustard? Once again, it gets mixed into a sauce for meat or some sort of pasta dish. Amazingly, even with some pretty gnarly ingredients, the end product usually turns out okay.
This past weekend, I bought cream cheese because we were having brunch. The problem is that we pretty much only eat cream cheese on bagels (aside for when I was pregnant and had a craving for cream cheese and Triscuits), and I normally don't eat bagels. So, I quickly had to think of what to do with so much cream cheese. Tonight I didn't have anything prepared for dinner, and I also didn't have much time. I remembered, however, a recipe that my cousin Deb had made with wraps, black beans, and cream cheese. I didn't have time to look up the recipe, so I improvised. I took some cream cheese, mixed in some medium salsa, spread that on a whole-grain wrap, and then sprinkled diced red pepper, black beans, and corn.
It took a total of 3 minutes, and Henry ate almost an entire wrap. Makes me wonder why I make more time-consuming dishes... (As a side note, Henry preferred the half of the wrap that I hadn't cut up into cute little rolls).
I still have about 4 ounces of cream cheese left. Anyone have ideas of what else to do with it?
Happy and (mostly) healthy eating!