Are you the type of person who doesn't like to eat the same meal over and over again, because it bores you? Are you the type of person who hates throwing out food that doesn't get eaten? Both of those apply to me, and I'm sure I'm far from the only one in that boat.
What I like to do is take leftovers that are boring me, and transforming them into another delicious meal completely different from the first meal, so it doesn't seem boring, and has more of a chance of getting eaten.
Calas are right up my alley, because they're exactly that- revamped leftovers. Hailing from New Orleans, calas are donuts made from leftover rice. Note that you want to use plain white rice for this- no rice cooked in chicken broth, with mushrooms, Spanish rice, garlic rice, etc... or your donuts will taste mighty funny. Just plain ol' white rice.
You can make these gluten free and vegan, and they're naturally dairy free. I also make them refined sugar free. So in general- a good snack, a good dessert, healthy, and cheapo. What's not to like?
2 cups cooked long grain rice
3 tablespoons tapioca starch
5 tablespoons brown rice flour
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum
OR 6 tablespoons wheat flour (whole wheat or white wheat is fine)
3 heaping teaspoons sugar or coconut sugar or 4 tablespoons honey
2 eggs or 4 tablespoons ground flax seeds and 5 tablespoons warm water
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract or a scant amount of ground vanilla bean
Oil for deep frying- use a healthy oil like coconut oil to keep healthiest
1. Mix all the ingredients together. If using flax instead of eggs, mix with warm water and set aside for 10 minutes first, before adding the rest of the ingredients.
2. Heat the oil in a frying pan until hot.
3. Drop spoonfuls of batter into the oil, and cook until browned. Flip over and cook on the other side.
4. Blot the oil off, and enjoy warm.
Ever hear of calas before? Does this recipe seem like something you'd enjoy? What is your favorite way to use up leftover rice?
Are you cool with re-eating the same foods over and over, or do you need to revamp your leftovers to make them palatable?