Week 24: June 20
Let’s talk leftovers. Don’t fear leftovers – instead, jazz them up. Many people dread eating leftovers feeling they are boring or inferior to regular meals, not exactly enjoyable to a discerning palate. Some spouses even refuse to eat them. However, there’s nothing cheaper than eating leftovers and with a few great techniques for making them an entirely never experience. Let me share a few ideas since we all love recipes.
Left over taco or taco salad fixings. First when you make tacos or taco salad serve it as a salad bar and don’t mix everything together, then you are ready for day two.
Day Two: Mexican Pizza
6 Hard corn tortillas
1 16 oz. can refried beans or leftover beans from your salad
1 Cup left-over cooked chicken, beef or pork
2 C shredded Monterey Jack / Cheddar Cheese
1 can olives
2 tomatoes chopped (optional)
1/4 C green onions chopped (optional)
1/4 C water
1. Place tortillas side by side on an ungreased cookie sheet
2. Pour refried beans into a bowl
3. Add water and mix well
4. Spread beans on tortillas
5. Sprinkle with cheese
6. Add chicken
7. Add olives
8. Add tomatoes, green onions
9. Bake at 375 degrees 10 to 15 minutes or in microwave for 40 seconds each.
10. Serve with Salsa and sour cream
This recipe is also great for leftover chicken, pulled pork or beef roast. Shred or cut the meat into bite sized pieces and create.
Leftover baked chicken, barbecued chicken, even fast-food chicken in a bucket and leftover veggies. Add a sauce. This is also great way to use leftover rice.
Day Two: Thai Peanut Sauce
1/3 C Olive Oil
¼- ½ tsp crushed red pepper (I like ¼ tsp.)
3 crushed garlic cloves or 1 tsp. garlic powder
1/3 C Water
1/3 C Soy Sauce
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1/3 C brown sugar
1/3 C peanut butter (I always use creamy)
Pasta (we like spaghetti or fettucini, but pene & corkscrew are also good—so is rice)
Add olive oil and pepper in small saucepan. Heat on low until pepper darkens and oil is hot. Add garlic and simmer about 1 minute. Add water and soy sauce, simmer 2-3 minutes on low. Add vinegar and brown sugar. Simmer 2-3 minutes. When noodles are ready, add peanut butter until sauce is creamy (I whisk it in). Pour over pasta or rice and cooked chicken and veggies. You can also use it over stir-fried vegetables. One of the best things about this recipe is that the pasta or rice and veggies will leave your family satisfied even if you have no or very little meat. Yum!!!
Left over roast beef.
Day Two: Barbecue beef sandwiches
Thinly sliced or shredded roast
1 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon canola oil
1 ½ Cups Barbecue sauce
Dill pickle slices
1. Place beef and barbecue sauce in saucepan and heat.
2. Slice onions thin.
3. Melt oil and butter in sauté pan.
4. Add onions to butter mixture and sauté until golden brown.
5. Layer beef, caramelized onion and pickle in roll and enjoy.
Use the same recipe, eliminate the pickles and serve over baked potatoes topped with shredded cheese and sour cream.