Posts Tagged 'leftovers'

Brussel sprouts with leftover Holiday ham

If youre like me, you got sent home with a metric shit-ton of ham after the holidays and are now wondering what to do with it. Honestly you can only eat so much ham by itself, ham and eggs gets old pretty quickly and a few ham sandwiches later most anyone will consider vegetarianism. So what to do with that half pound of ham chilling in your fridge? Well, one idea is to use it to add some flavor to some veggies!

Brussel Sprouts with Ham

Ingredients
1/4 cup finely diced ham
1/2 finely diced onion
15 brussel sprouts
olive oil
salt and pepper

Heat oil in a large saute pan. Add onions and ham and lightly stir fry until the onions are translucent. Cut the brussel sprouts in half and add them to the pan. Saute until the brussel sprouts are tender and the ham starts to crisp. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Easy huh? I like this recipe because the ham takes on an almost baconey taste and adds a little smokiness to the brussel sprouts. Plus its a healthy way to use up some of those ham leftovers! Ive still got at least half a shit-ton of ham left in my fridge so Im sure I’ll be posting up some more recipes over the next few days. bon appetite!

<3 seanalyn

what to do with leftover taco/burrito makings

whenever i make tacos or burritos for my boyfriend and me, i always have leftovers. i’ve developed a great way to utilize them without having to have tacos/burritos again the next day! i scramble up some eggs, throw in all of the essential burrito fixings, and TA-DA! instant breakfast burritos!
i wrap these in parchment paper, then in tin foil. next, i put them in a freezer ziplock bag. i keep them in the freezer for that morning on the go. they are handy, delicious, and easy to prepare in advance. it’s a great way to utilize the leftovers by making it something new.

<3 kt

breakfast taquitos!

i scrounged around my fridge this morning, in search of inspiration for today’s brunch.  i had leftovers from taco night, and decided to whip up from breakfast taquitos (something i haven’t made before, but thought i would give it a whirl!).

first, preheat the oven for 375.  next, i browned up some chorizo.  you can use leftover taco meat, bacon, ham, etc.  (i don’t eat beef or pork, so i used some spicy black beans.  you can use refried beans too.)  while the meat was cooking, i started making a little homemade salsa:

ingredients

  • 1/2 red onion (diced)
  • tomato (diced)
  • 1/4 cup yellow bell pepper (diced)
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (i didn’t have cilantro, so i used parsley!)
  • 1/2 lime
  • seasonings (i used cayenne pepper, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, and sea salt)

directions

combine all of the ingredients into a bowl, squeeze with lime juice, and let it marinate in the fridge for awhile.

when i finished making the salsa, i scrambled some eggs.  next i took my corn tortillas and dipped them in vegetable oil.  next i filled the oil soaked tortilla with a little chorizo, egg, and cheese (you can use whatever cheese you like!  i had fresh mozzarella, which melted great!  queso fresco would be perfect!  goat cheese would be yummy too!).

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next i rolled the tortilla and put the flap side down on a baking sheet.

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i baked these for 10-12 minutes.  the last minute or two, i switched to broil, to ensure that the taquitos became nice & crispy!

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serve with the homemade salsa, guacamole, and sour cream!  enjoy! :)

<3 kt

Obligatory Thanksgiving leftovers post

So tomorrow is the big day….the day where we feast on the flesh of a thousand turkeys (or tofurkeys if you so choose). Inevitably there are going to be leftovers, but theres only so many turkey sandwiches and turkey casseroles you can eat before you just can’t take it anymore. Heres a few recipes that take your turkey leftovers one step beyond.

Turkey Curry

Anyone who knows me knows I love curry. This recipe is a quick easy way to reuse your turkey, but totally changing the flavor so no one feels like theyre just having a repeat of Thanksgiving.

Turkey and Broccoli Quiche

The day after Thanksgiving everyone goes into that inevitable food coma…personally I dont feel like eating until midday at least. Why not recycle some of that Turkey into a delicious brunch dish?

Mashed Potato Croquettes

Why should turkey have all the fun? My mom always used to make too much mashed potatoes so we would have a plethora of those left over every year. I’ve always loved croquettes, so just take your potatoes add some spices (I’d throw in some green onions too) and bread and fry the suckers. You could also add salmon or more cheese to create different types of croquettes. These would go great with your turkey curry!

Stuffing Frittata

Stuffing, yet another side dish that usually doesnt get changed too much when it comes to leftovers. But simply by adding some eggs and cheese, you can create a whole new dish. Also perfect for a post turkey coma brunch.

Mashed Potato Pancakes

One of my favorite things to do is stroll over to the local Irish pub and order up a plate of boxty and trout. Boxty is basically just Irish potato pancakes (they are similar to this recipe only a bit of flour and baking soda is added) so you could easily substitute these Mashed Potato Pancakes in. Top them with some smoked trout or salmon and cream and you have an utterly delicious meal.

Leftover Tofurkey Stroganoff

Ah my dear veggie friends…don’t think I forgot about you! Even you can get some mileage out of your tofurkey leftovers! Just mix up the leftover veggie gravy with some garlic,sour cream and mushrooms then pour it all over rice or noodles for instant deliciousness.

Tofurkey Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms

Now this recipe sounds so delicious Im almost jealous that Im not cooking a tofurkey! Pesto, pumpkin seeds and lemon get blended together to create a totally new tofurkey experience. My mouth is watering!

So there you have it, just a few easy and delicious alternatives to reusing your Thanksgiving leftovers. I’ll try and pop in and write another blog before the weekend but no promises since the bacon wrapped turducken is sure to induce a mighty turkey coma. However I will document all our delicious Thanksgiving recipes and share them with you later! Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving everyone!


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