Meal Plan tip- REPURPOSE FOOD
There are certain foods that we think are just not near as good as leftovers, so I have learned to repurpose food.
On Sunday, we had hamburgers. We used 1/2 pound of ground beef and then put the other half of raw meat in the fridge. Leftover hamburgers are not our favorite, so instead of making the whole pound of meat into hamburgers we opted to use that meat in another way later. On Monday, I grabbed that 1/2 pound of ground beef and fried it up for our taco meat.
You will notice that most of our suppers this week feature pork. On Tuesday, I am going to grill a large pork tenderloin. I know that my husband and I are not going to be able to eat the whole thing. So, I am planning on using that meat in unique ways so we are not just having "leftover pork" and we are not throwing anything away. I like to call this repurposing your food. Many people are not a fan of leftovers. Depending on the specific dish, I can be that person. I typically count my calories and I HATE wasting them on food that is not great. So, instead of merely eating leftovers for days, we repurposed those leftovers and create a whole new dish!
For Wednesday, the meat is already cooked, so that will save me time. I will just shred the leftover pork from Tuesday, add some BBQ and a few spices, put it over some Mac'n Cheese and it won't even taste like leftovers!
Thursday will be similar to Wednesday. I will sauté some carrots, throw in some of the leftover pork, broccoli, ramen noodles (not the spice packet, just the noddles), soy sauce, hoisin sauce, and a few spices like ginger. This will be a fast dinner that will be ready in about 20 minutes!
We like to eat pretty healthy during the week and splurge a little on the weekend. Chicken Parmesan is one of my husband's favorites and it is surprisingly easy to make. I always keep chicken in the freezer, so I will thaw that on Friday morning. Depending on the size of the chicken breasts, I might use my tenderizer. I put some spices in a bowl with my bread crumbs. Coat the chicken really well and then do a light frying in a skillet. (I am going to use my cast iron skillet so I don't have two separate dishes to do.) Pour a little pasta sauce and some cheese on top. Stick in the oven on high, maybe around 400 till the cheese melts and it is ready to go! I also have tortellini in the freezer so while the chicken is in the oven, I will throw those in some boiling water for about 5 minutes. While those are cooking, I am preparing the salad and cleaning up as I go. When the tortellini are done, I coat with pasta sauce and maybe a little garlic salt. Viola! A quick and delicious supper in about 20 minutes!
I know that I said we try not to have too many leftovers throughout the week, but sometimes I just don't know what we will have leftovers of and how much. Sometimes it is just hard to know what you will be eating a week from now. It is SO important to not throw food away. So, giving myself one night a week to use it works for our family. You might never have leftovers, or you might need 2-3 nights a week to eat up your leftovers. You do you! I typically plan one night a week to use up our leftovers. If we don't have leftovers, we might order in, throw in a pizza or I will make something quick like tilapia. Do you remember when you were in elementary school and the cafeteria said you ere having "Chef's Choice" for lunch? That is what we are talking about here :)