Friday, April 15, 2011

Saving Tip Today

Every time I have leftovers, I try and come up with a new dish, not only to make something different, but to save some on the food bill. Yesterday, I pulled out of the freezer, a small roast that I cooked a couple of weeks ago and made stringy beef tacos or beef fajitas:

To the cut up roast, I added some onion, red bell pepper and an Anaheim chili, all chopped. Put in some water to make the meat juicy. Add this meat mixture on a couple of flour tortillas that are heated up on cast iron round skillet. Put some lettuce, tomato and cheese on them. There wasn't that easy? Served them with cooked carrots and kiwi fruit. I call that one healthly dinner!

Doesn't the meat look pretty with the vegetables?
Tonight's dinner: Start cooking some rice, (I do 4 cups water, 2 cups rice and cook about 20 minutes), fluff with fork. In a cast iron skillet I cut up the rest of the red bell pepper and onion along with the Anaheim chili and stir-fry them just a bit. Then I added the leftover beef some water (about 1cup) and the leftover carrots. Let that steam for about 5 minutes and add 1 zucchini and 1 yellow neck squash and let the simmer for another 5 minutes.

To the meat mixture I added low sodium soy sauce, about 1/2 cup. In a small bowl I put in about 1 1/2 tablespoons corn starch and 1/4 cup cold water, stirred until dissolved and added this to the meat mixture, this is the base for my fried rice. You can add what vegetables you like. Sometimes, I add yams, or peas, or whatever vegetables I have leftover.

Next I took a bowl added the cooked rice and meat mixture and there was my dinner this evening.  Delicious!
This is how I sometimes stretch my roast beef.  It should last another day or 2 for my dinners! I call these types of meals, my bargain meals!

1 comment:

Christina said...

That's awesome! I'm trying to use up more of my leftovers too. We usually eat them for lunch, I hate to waste food. I should try to turn them into new meals too!