In case you haven’t heard, I love food! Okay, now that, that’s out of the way we can talk. Easter just passed, I’m sure all of us that celebrated had a wonderful spread of meats, veggies, and dessert that made our bellies glad. It’s usually one of those occasions where the leftovers are fought over, because the food was so good everyone wants to enjoy it again.
In my family, we usually have large portions of leftovers. Since we hosted, a lot of the leftovers stayed with us. I love food, (see I said it again) and I hate to be wasteful. There was so much food leftover from certain dishes that I knew would be harder to get my husband and kids to eat. So, naturally, as the re-purpose queen that I am, I came up with a way to get my family to eat this food! I was going to take the leftovers and create new meals with what I had.
I thought I would share a couple of the things I did to help you eat the leftovers you may have. I know as good as Easter dinner was, it could be tiring eating the same meal repeatedly. Okay, so here’s my short list of redos.
The ham was the main meat dish for our meal. We usually don’t eat pork outside of bacon and possibly a pork loin every blue moon, so I knew getting my kids to eat ham would be challenging. My solution: add a new side and serve it as a meal.
I decided make red beans and ham. I prepared a 16 oz. bag of red beans as instructed. For seasoning I used 1 tsp Cajun seasoning, 1/2 tsp of black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. In addition, I added 1/2 of the suggested ratio of chicken bullion to the cups of water for the beans.
When the red beans were cooked well I added ham in the beans, and served hot. It was a hit!
Mac and Cheese
One of my family’s favorite dishes, the leftovers usually don’t last long. Instead of simply re-warming it as a side dish, you can recreate a mail dish as a casserole. I call this one Taco Mac and Cheese.
Add one pound of cooked ground turkey and 1/3 cup chopped bell peppers and onion. Stir into macaroni and cheese adding these seasonings: 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon of cumin, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. You can also add a little more cheese. Stir all ingredients and seasonings together and bake in the oven until the cheese is melted. Serve hot.
One of my favorite ways to re-purpose leftovers is to make a soup. When it comes to cabbage, it’s one of the easiest ingredients to add to a soup, you can’t mess it up. The cool thing about using cabbage from leftovers is it may have been cooked with a meat, so that will also incorporate into the soup. My mom makes her cabbage with smoked turkey legs, imagine the flavor it will add to the soup!
If your cabbage has meat add ingredients that will compliment the meat. For my turkey leg cabbage soup, start with 8-10 cups of chicken broth. To that base add cabbage and turkey legs, corn, black beans, and a can of diced tomatoes. The seasonings would be: 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon parsley, 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and a dash or two of red crushed pepper.
Hopefully these ideas gave you some inspiration for your Easter leftovers! Let me know when you try one of these dishes how it turned out! I’ll be making my cabbage soup today. Happy #foodfriday!
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