Monday, August 5, 2013
Budget Stretcher: Leftover Makeovers
I don't have many photos this time and that's shame on me because I have quite a few uses of leftovers that were 'madeover' into another meal today.
I started this morning with a plan. I had in the fridge, about 1 cup of leftover bread stuffing, tomato sauce, 1/2 of a large sirloin steak, 2 cups of frozen rice. Here's what I made with all three items.
I thawed the rice and a pound and half of ground beef.
Makeover #1: Meatballs
1 pound of ground beef, 2/3 of a cup of tomato sauce (leftover from meatloaf two weeks ago), chopped onion and garlic, the bread stuffing crumbled, 1 egg. I mixed up all this and made up into 27 meatballs which I flash froze in the freezer. These will be good for sandwiches, pizza and soup later on. I doubled my usual servings per pound of beef by stretching with the other items.
Makeover #2: Stuffed Peppers
I mixed 1/2 pound ground beef with 1 cup of cooked rice, 3 tbsps diced tomatoes, chopped onion, and garlic and stuffed five pepper halves that I'd blanched and frozen after grocery day. Typically we eat 1 pepper half as a serving (the peppers were huge)
Makeover #3: Spanish Rice
I sauteed chopped onion, garlic and green bell pepper in a saucepan and added 1 cup rice, juice from the diced tomatoes and about 2 tbsps of diced tomato, seasoned with salt/pepper/chili powder to make a side dish for dinner.
Makeover #4: Steak and Cheese Burrito
Years ago I used to have a Del Taco near my home. I really enjoyed their steak and cheese burrito. No Del Tacos anywhere that I'm aware of these days. I sliced my leftover sirloin into strips. I cooked onions in a bit oil until browned. Some of the steak strips and onions were layered on a flour tortilla, topped with shredded sharp cheddar and a couple of teaspoons of homemade Enchilada Sauce. I rolled and heated the filled burritos in the microwave. Yum!
Makeover #5: Italian Pepper Steak Sandwiches
I felt we had plenty of sirloin steak for the burritos so put some aside with some of the cooked onions and poured over the tail end of a bottle of Italian dressing. I'll cook some bell pepper strips (frozen) and add those in, pile on Onion Rolls and top with Provolone Cheese.