1st Day of Summer Vacation: Taking Immediate Action!

On my first official day of my summer vacation, I decided to begin taking back control over my home.  First stop - the refrigerator.  When I was finished, this is what remained:

I know you're wondering how is it possible to find something to eat in all this nothingness.  I was wondering the same, but as I refused to leave my home today for the first time in a long while, I asked myself, "How does Mom do it?"  She's the queen of taking air and turning it into a hearty meal.  Now it was time to see if I had inherited any of that gene.

I looked at all I had, checked out the pantry, and I realized what I must do.  First, it was going to be a meatless meal unless I ate one of those two remaining sausages.  Nope, meatless it is.  Here is what I devised:

Puerto Rican Beans & Rice:



To top off this meal, I aimed to make some tostones (fried plantains), but unfortunately, my plantain wasn't ripe enough.  I could have boiled it in the skin for a few minutes, but I had already peeled it when I realized.  Next time, right?

So, here is the completed meal:

Buen Provecho!

* This was lunch.  Now the question is, what am I going to do for dinner

All of the recipes for these dishes can be found here on my other blog.  Soon enough, there will be just one blog.  hint hint


  1. Que sabrosa se ve toda la comida! I have the same tostonera....my mouth is watering. Buen provecho!

  2. Love those light and easy meals! ONE of my favorite kinds. :)

  3. I love it, easy meals, why do you have beans in your refrigerator?

  4. @ Gwen: The beans were in the pantry. :-)

  5. Hello Libby,

    Good job! Making due has it's benefits. It's also a great feeling knowing that you've been able to budget somewhat. Well, I personally have that feeling that is.

    As for dinner? Maybe call your Mom(smile).


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