I'm a girl that really loves to cook, although if you've been around this blog long enough you probably already knew that. During the week though, it's surprising if I get one good homemade meal out on the table. One thing I'm totally guilty of is not planning ahead, and buying too much of an item. This makes my fridge full of tiny leftovers, random halves of limes, sauces, and bunches of herbs. I end up throwing a lot of leftovers away, which I feel terrible about. It's such a waste! So, a few months ago I decided to change my ways and actually do something about those leftovers!
It makes me feel creative and awesome to put leftover ingredients from the fridge together to make a lovely little snack! Tell me I'm not the only one who stands in front of their fridge and pantry thinking up the creative combinations of leftovers to make a new recipe. Tell me I'm not! If you've never tried it, do it! It's like putting a puzzle together...a tasty puzzle. Actually, there have been times when it wasn't so tasty, but this time it was a win!
I had a bag of cranberries from who knows when, a random jalapeno, and some green onions. I've been wanting to try a cranberry salsa recipe, because I tried some at a restaurant and absolutely lurved it. I will be honest though, this salsa really isn't anything like what I imagined it would turn out to be. I tried to eat it with a tortilla chip like I'd done at that restaurant...but I wasn't diggin' it. So, I decided to try something super new to me--throw it on a some cream cheese and scoop it with crackers. It is delicious! I'd seen a lady at a baby shower at school do this with pepper jelly, and it was really yummy. This combination of sweet, spicy, and creamy...it's so comforting!
Here's what you'll need:
1 bag fresh cranberries
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup red onion
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
2 limes, juiced
3/4 cup white sugar
1 pinch salt
1 pinch of cumin
Here's what you do:
Toss it all in a food processor and pulse a few times until finely chopped and well blended.
Let sit in the fridge for a few hours, and then spoon over soft cream cheese before serving. Scoop with crackers or tortilla chips!
Have you ever put together a good dish using leftover items in your fridge? Tell me!