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4th of July BBQ leftover ideas

everyone is going to BBQ this weekend for the fourth of July.  however, what in the world are you going to do with all of those leftovers???  i’ve searched high and low for some budget friendly ideas!!!  check them out:

1.  leftover hot dog & hamburger buns

i love chopping buns into little cubes, dousing them with olive oil, a little minced garlic, fresh grated Parmesan, and a dash of red pepper flakes.  after preheating the oven to 400, i throw them on a cookie sheet and bake them for 10 minutes.  presto!  homemade croutons!!!

2.  leftover sausages, hot dogs, and brauts

slice these up and toss in an omelet, spaghetti, on a pizza, or in a burrito.  or slice and freeze them for a quick meal down the road!

3.  leftover corn on the cob

you can always toss them back on the grill to reheat them.  you can use the kernels in some homemade salsa.  i love cutting the kernels off of the cob and adding them to a pasta salad!  here’s my favorite whole foods recipe:

Corn & Roasted Tomato Salad

Ingredients

4 ears corn, shucked, kernels removed
6 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 cups chopped spinach
1 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 pound dried penne or fusilli pasta
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup toasted walnuts
Salt and pepper to taste

Method

In a medium skillet, dry-roast corn over medium heat, stirring frequently, until lightly browned in spots, about 5 minutes. Place in a large mixing bowl with tomatoes, garlic, spinach and blue cheese. Set aside. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain thoroughly. Add hot pasta to bowl with corn mixture. Stir to wilt spinach and blend ingredients. Drizzle with lemon juice and oil. Toss with walnuts, season with salt and pepper and serve.

feel free to send me your ideas for BBQ leftovers too!  hope you had a great 4th!

<3 kt

homemade corn dogs!

i fell in love with this recipe recently posted on wholefoodsmarket.com! it’s WAY healthier than most recipes, easy to make, and are super delicious!


Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 8 all-natural turkey or beef hot dogs
  • 1 1/4 cups 365 Everyday Value Organic Cornbread and Muffin mix
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup milk or soymilk
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard

Method

Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray; set aside. Thread each hot dog on to a wooden skewer, leaving about 2 inches extended from one end to act as the handle; set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine muffin mix, flour, egg, milk and butter to make a very thick batter. Moisten your hands with water then press about 1/4 cup of the batter around one of the hot dogs to cover it entirely. Transfer to prepared baking sheet as done then repeat process with remaining batter and hot dogs.

Bake until golden brown and batter is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Transfer to plates and serve with ketchup and mustard on the side.

Nutrition

Per serving (1 hot dog/about 4oz/116g-wt.): 280 calories (120 from fat), 13g total fat, 4.5g saturated fat, 65mg cholesterol, 880mg sodium , 34g total carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 9g sugar), 10g protein

<3

kt


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