Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Planned-Over Dinners

Many people will say that they hate leftovers or that their family won't eat leftovers. And of course one of the most hated things about leftovers is the dreaded day of reckoning when you have to face the fact that you can't cram another thing into your frig until you dig out the hazmat suit and remove the biohazards that have taken up residence in there. YUCK!

I especially hate when I have to make the decision to dispose of the objects bowl and all, or face the task of opening them and flushing them down the disposal and washing the bowl. I have chosen the former option on more than one occasion, and who hasn't?

Which brings me to the idea of Planned-Overs. There are many dishes that fit the bill perfectly for transforming from one meal into another. And you can take advantage of the fact that half the preparation is already done and use these on your menu plan for the nights that you need a quickie meal.

Like this yummy Cheese Steak Sandwich made from thin sliced leftover pot roast on a deli roll.

First I sauteed some onions, red peppers and mushroom in a small skillet. Add some seasonings.

Add the meat, and stir to heat it through. Next I covered the meat and veggies with a sprinkle of grated cheese. Remove from heat and cover to let the cheese melt through.
Toast the rolls, I did that in the toaster oven, and they were ready to go once the cheese melted.

You could also use this same dish for Steak Fajitas, just squeeze a little lime juice over the top of the meat and veggies, serve on flour tortillas with cheese, salsa, guacamole, sour cream.

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