Once a week we do leftovers night. It's that night where everything that you've got in your fridge gets cleaned out and dumped. Otherwise known as clean-out-your-fridge night. I tell my kids the goal is to clean out as many of the containers as possible, it's like a game to them.
This was our leftover offerings last week.
#1 - Steamed butternut squash served with a little bit of butter, salt and pepper.
#2 - Beef roast, cooked in the crockpot for 4 hours with a packet of dry onion soup mix on the top.
#3 - Brown rice pilaf (recipe below), this was found while cooking a diabetic meal for a friend.
#4 - Mandarin-cranberry pork chops (recipe below), I made this one up to see how it worked. It turned out to be easy and delicious!
#5 - Potatoes and onions, my kids favorite "fries". Cut up some potatoes and onions, cook with a little bit of olive oil and salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Like fries, my kids eat this with ketchup.
#6 - Fresh cut mango. I have never been good at cutting mangoes, I pretty well massacre them. Then I asked my babysitter to teach me, because she's the master. It's really easy, if you follow the directions. Here is a tutorial, if you're interested. It's not the way I learned, but it's a workable way as well.
#7 - Fajitas - Sauteed chicken breast, onions, green bell pepper and jalapeños...my kids loved it and it included everything they hate, ie: peppers and onions. Sometimes it's just how you cook it!
Brown Rice Pilaf
2 cups water
1 cup brown rice
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup frozen vegetables
1/2 tsp. cumin
If you have a rice cooker, throw it all together, and cook. If you don't have a rice cooker, in a saucepan mix the water, rice, olive oil and salt and bring to a boil. Mix in the vegetables and cumin. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 45-60 minutes, until the liquid has been absorbed.
Mandarin-Cranberry Pork Chops
4 pork chops, or as many as you need to feed your family
1 can, whole berry cranberry sauce
1 large can, mandarin oranges, juice drained
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. curry powder
Preheat oven to 350°. Brown pork chops in pan, season with a little salt and pepper, then place in baking dish. In a separate bowl, combine all other ingredients and pour over chops in bowl. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 hour or until your pork chops are cooked through. Serve over rice.
**This would also work really well in a slow cooker, just adjust cooking times as needed.**