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Fajita Quesadillas – Lucky Leftovers!

Kid Tip: Chop up the fajita mixture before putting it in the quesadilla for the little guys!

Kid Tip: Chop up the fajita mixture before putting it in the quesadilla for the little guys!

As if the Fajita Pitas weren’t easy enough the first time!  This took maybe 3 minutes prep time and max 20 minutes total!

Ingredients:

  • left over fajita filling
  • shredded cheese
  • tortillas
  • cooking spray

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Put tortillas on the baking sheet and top with leftover fajita filling, then cheese.
  3. Put another tortilla on top, pressing it down gently.
  4. Bake 5-7 minutes, flip it over, and continue to bake another 5-7 minutes.
  5. Cut it with a pizza cutter and plate it up!

Ideas to get your kid cook involved:

  • Let him sprinkle on the cheese.
  • Have him “gently” press down the tortilla!
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Viola… another week night dinner in no time!

P.S. At first, I was pretty sure Danny was just going to eat sour cream for dinner.  Luckily, he moved on to his quesadilla! :)

At first, I was pretty sure Danny was just going to eat sour cream for dinner. 

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Luckily, he moved on to his quesadilla! 🙂

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Lucky Leftover Chicken Patties

Hello again, Blog World!

It’s been a looooong time and I’ve been very busy teaching 5 classes I’ve never taught before, but some of my students are doing a blogging assignment and I’m inspired. 🙂

Can I just say how amazing it is to teach technology electives to high school students?!  I get to teach about things like social media and blogging?!  No matter how busy life as a “teacher mommy” can be sometimes, I would make this career choice over and over again… especially when THIS is my content area!

So about the food… who wants some Lucky Leftovers?!

I've been known to put just about anything on a salad!

I’ve been known to put just about anything on a salad!

In this case, it’s shredded cheddar cheese, left over bacon crumbles, sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, and leftover Chicken Patties!

Forget left overs... you could eat it like this right when you make them!

Forget leftovers… you could eat it like this right when you make them!

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Leftover Dogs &/or Buns

After a summer holiday weekend, we always seem to have left over hot dogs and/or buns.  Here are a few things to do with them…

Beanie Weenies:

Works well for leftovers, but are good enough to buy hot dogs without buns in the first place!

Works well for leftovers, but are good enough to buy hot dogs without buns in the first place!

Ingredients:

  • hot dogs
  • baked beans
Hot dogs often get a bad rap because of what's in them.  These are the only kind we buy.  Don't be afraid of dogs!

Hot dogs often get a bad rap because of what’s in them. These are the only kind we buy. Don’t be afraid of dogs!

Instructions:

  1. Chop the hot dogs into bite size pieces.
  2. Cook them in a saucepan over medium heat until they start to get a little color on them (or skip this if they’re already grilled).  Optional: drain the rendered fat.
  3. Add beans and warm through.

Ideas to get your kid cook involved:

  • Have him dump the ingredients into the pan.
  • Talk about where beans come from.  If you have a garden and are growing beans, talk about them and other kinds of beans that you could grow in the future.
We made these a while back and Daddy helped boogie nosed Baby Danny photo bomb the Beanie Weenies!  Too cute not to include.

We made these a while back and Daddy helped Baby Danny photo bomb the Beanie Weenies! Too cute not to include!

Grilled Cheese:

 

We don't buy regular white bread, but obviously white bread makes the best grilled cheese, so these are a treat!  Tastes like childhood.

We don’t buy regular white bread, but obviously white bread makes the best grilled cheese, so these are a treat! Tastes like childhood.

Ingredients:

  • leftover buns
  • cheese
  • butter
  • optional: ham, tomatoes, bacon…

Instructions:

  1. Butter the buns on the inside.
  2. Make a grilled cheese as you would normally, but turning the bun inside out.
  3. After flipping them, use a heavy plate to squish them down as the second side cooks…
... like this!

… like this!

Ideas to get your kid cook involved:

  • Let him butter the bread.  Go ahead!  Sure it’s a little messy, but a mess doesn’t affect the recipe’s outcome. 🙂
  • Talk about where cheese comes from.  Ask him to name all the different kinds of cheese he can think of.

Pizza Buns:

So much better than throwing buns away after they sit around for a week or two!

So much better than throwing buns away after they sit around for a week or two!

Ingredients:

  • leftover buns
  • pizza sauce (The packets left over from BBQ Chicken Pizza are perfect!)
  • mozzarella cheese
  • optional: pepperoni, black olives, Italian seasoning, onions, banana peppers…

Instructions:

  1. Tear the buns in half.
  2. Top with sauce, cheese, and toppings.
  3. Bake at 325° for about 7 minutes until cheese is melted and buns are slightly crunchy.

Ideas to get your kid cook involved:

  • He can tear the buns in half.
  • Allow him to assemble them with the sauce, cheese, and toppings.
  • Ask him what other toppings he thinks would be good on pizza and/or what other toppings he’s tried before.
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Lucky Leftover French Onion Soup

Click Here to Print: Lucky Leftover French Onion Soup

I learned this method as a server in college.  “So thaaaaaaaaaaaat’s how they make French Onion so tasty and bubbly with delicious, melty cheese and bread.”  Even though I didn’t make it myself until years later, it stuck with me.

If you make Pot Roast with Leftovers in Mind a day or two before, this makes for an unbelievably easy dish!

Can you believe this could be ready in about 15 minutes?

Can you believe this could be ready in about 15 minutes?

Make some quick garlic toast.

The garlic toast takes about 10 minutes.

Layer the onions and broth, then toast, then provolone, then parmesan.

Layer the onions and broth, then toast, then provolone, then parmesan.

Bake until warmed through and cheese is browning.

Turn the oven up a bit and bake until warmed through and cheese is browning, about 5 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • onions and broth from Pot Roast with Leftovers in Mind
  • baguette or other bread to make garlic toast
  • softened butter
  • garlic powder
  • provolone cheese slices
  • grated parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  1. Slice bread and top with butter and garlic powder.
  2. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until toasted to your liking.
  3. Ladle onions and broth into oven safe soup crocks.
  4. Place a piece of garlic toast on top.
  5. Place a slice of provolone on top of garlic toast.
  6. Sprinkle parmesan on top of provolone.
  7. Bake until broth is heated through and cheese is browning. You can turn up the oven if you would like to speed it up a little!

Here are some ideas to get your “kid cook” involved with this recipe:

  • He can help ladle the soup into the crocks.
  • Have him place the garlic toast and cheeses on top.

 

P.S. After school today, my kid cook wanted a snack.  He decided on a kiwi and as I was peeling it, he told me he wanted it whole. (I often ask when I’m washing an apple for him if he wants it whole or sliced.)  Ok, Sir.  Whole it is! 🙂

Mmm! Tart!

Mmm! Tart!

 

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Lucky Leftovers x 4!

A fridge full of leftovers makes for a really delicious and nutritious lunch!

Everything in this bowl is a leftover!

Everything in this bowl is a leftover!

First up, Roasted Veggie Tots!

The main ingredient is roasted veggies!

Broccoli, Carrots, and Onions as Tots!

Next is Crock Pot Caesar Chicken

Crock pot meals are notoriously easy, but this one could not be easier!

Crock pot meals are notoriously easy, but this one could not be easier!

Then there is rice that didn’t make it into the filling for Colorful Stuffed Peppers.

Brown and Wild Rice Mix

Brown and Wild Rice Mix

Lastly, Parmesan Sketti Squash *Recipe coming soon!

Virtually no calories... well, until you add the parmesan and butter. :)

Virtually no calories… well, until you add the parmesan and butter!

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Lucky Leftover Fritters

Look forward to leftovers when they taste this good!

Look forward to leftovers when they taste this good!

These are the best leftover peas and corn I’ve ever had.  Buttered peas and corn are staples at my family get-togethers and we always bring some home leftover.  To be honest, I usually put them in my husband’s lunch and I’m not sure if he eats them or not.  Not my favorite leftover… until today.  I mixed them up with a few other things and it turned out to be a “lucky to have leftovers” kind of night!

At first, I only used leftovers.  I added the egg and flour after frying the first batch and realizing they needed more binding.  Before the egg and flour were added, Ozzy helped himself to some of the cold leftover mash straight off the spatula he used to mix them.

Hey, it’s only immediate family eating these.  I wouldn’t recommend allowing this if you’re serving guests.  “Serving leftovers to guests?” you ask.  Trust me, these are good enough to do it!

We still ate these, but I learned that you need egg and flour to make pretty little fritters.

We still ate these sloppy mashes, but I learned that you need egg and flour to make pretty little fritters.

That's better.  Prettier and somehow that means tastier.

That’s better. Prettier and somehow that means tastier.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 c mashed potatoes and gravy
  • 3/4 c buttered corn and peas (or other leftover veggies, chop if necessary)
  • 1/2 c diced onion
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 c flour
  • freshly ground pepper
  • seasoning salt
  • oil for frying
  • sour cream and scallions, to serve

Instructions:

  1. Put mashed potatoes and gravy, corn and peas, onion, egg, flour, pepper, and seasoning salt in a bowl and mix to combine.
  2. Heat oil in a large pan.
  3. Fry in batches until golden brown on both sides.
  4. Serve with sour cream and sliced scallions.  I think they’d also be good with plain ol’ ketchup!

Here are some ideas to get your kid cook involved:

  • Allow him to help measure and put ingredients into the bowl.
  • Have him mix the ingredients.
  • Ask him how he thinks these leftovers will taste different in this new form.  Ask him if he thinks he will like them more, less, or the same and why.
Mix it up, Kid Cook!

Mix it up, Kid Cook!

People say kids are more likely to eat it if they help make it.  I will say that this kid is NOT a picky eater!

People say kids are more likely to eat it if they help make it. I can’t say why for sure, but this kid is NOT a picky eater!

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BBQ Ribs, Bakers, and BLT’s, Oh My!

After having to toss leftovers a few too many times, I got wise to our family’s habits and decided to designate one night a week to leftovers.  If we don’t have any, we just eat a freezer meal or get take-out.  But truthfully, this hardly ever happens. We always have leftovers.

Tonight it was ribs and baked potatoes from Sunday’s dinner, plus a few pieces of bacon and almost 2 pieces of toast from BLT’s late last week.  If you’re wondering why “almost” two pieces of toast, well that happens with a little kid and it almost physically hurts me to throw away food… which is why I decided to designate a night to leftovers.  Aaaaand it comes full circle.

Anyway, I decided to make this…

Looks too good to be leftover, doesn't it?!

Looks too good to be leftover, doesn’t it?!

I put chopped up rib pieces in the baked potato and topped it with cheese, then baked it until the cheese was all melty and it was warmed through.  When I took them out, I put some scallions on top.  I also chopped up the toast and put it in the oven to make it a little more crispy for croutons.  Bacon was chopped as well.  Croutons and bacon went on a nice big salad.  Lastly, green beans were steamed and topped with a little butter and salt.  Lucky me… LEFTOVERS!  🙂

If you’re interested in how to make yummy ribs and bakers, and BLT’s for that matter, check out my Tips & Tricks page.

P.S. This is my kid cook’s portion.  He’s not very good at chewing lettuce yet so his salads are heavy on the cucumber and tomatoes.

Mmm... Leftovers!

Lucky Kid Cook… Leftovers!

P.P.S. There are still chocolate chip cookies from Sunday’s dinner, too.  I’m going to warm a couple up and top it with vanilla ice cream riiiight now.  Lucky me (again)… LEFTOVERS!!!

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Balsamic Lovers Summer Dinner – Lucky Leftovers!

It’s rare, but sometimes Ozzy doesn’t eat all of his dinner.  Often he asks for seconds or wants to “share” mine, meaning he wants me to give him my last few bites.  However, last night he didn’t finish his Balsamic Lovers Summer Dinner, which is especially lucky for me because other than his toddler bite-size chunks, the rest went into his daddy’s lunch box.

I warmed up the little pieces of asparagus, tomato, and balsamic marinated chicken.  Then, put it on a bed of baby romaine and added some almonds along with fresh mozzarella.  Newman’s Own Light Cranberry Walnut dressing was perfect on top!

Balsamic Lovers Lucky Leftovers

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