If you are anything like me you have your hands busy at all times and by the end of the day you are pooped and your brain is half way still on and you don't want to use the last little steam you have to try to figure out how to keep people from noticing "we just had that!" So what do you do, well, usually we buy more food or more items and before we know it we are buying mismatches in foods to complete one meal and we are left with a lot of - how do I say - left shoes! Don't you hate grabbing a new shirt to match the skirt or pants that you got because the one you got last time didn't quite match up. But when you get home you find that the shirt is still a couple shades off! This is so frustrating! I do this with my kids clothes more often than not. I get a basic short and plan to complement it with shirts for different days - but no, I get wrong colors that don't match up right.
Dinners can be this way if you don't shop right the first time.
Anytime I'm shopping I like to be dinner hacker and say to myself, can this particular thing be done on it's own? Can this style hold an entire show on it's own? I get even more particular sometimes and I look up recipes on the foods I'm buying to be sure I can change it up.
Shop in basics
My 4th of July meal was made of some basics that I knew I could redo!
1) Mixed Greens
- where I'm from we just call them "greens"
I make them with Kale, Collard, & Mustard. It is delightful and I will post the specific recipe soon. This is perfect because you can simply use the kale as its own green salad. The collard leaves are so big you can stuff chicken with them or wrap bacon or some other fun food around them.
2) Corn on the Cobb (specify on the Cobb)
- you need this on the Cobb because it allows you to do several things with it as an alternative. If you use it frozen and already husked then you can't serve it on the Cobb. The Cobb offers, creamed, fried, husked, on the Cobb, and even this way that I tried later - sliced off the Cobb.
3) Baked Chicken
- stating the obvious here - super healthy fan favorite here and so much that can be done with it. Wrapped, stuffed, sliced for later. I prepare this pretty bland- simply because I dress it up in every new act I put it in. Look at this like your white dress shirt or your black or blue staple pants. It can fit in with just about anything and can be dressed up or down.
4) Baked Sweet Potatoes
- I'm learning more and more about this! Looks like sweet potatoes are awesome even sliced up later like I did, refried in circle slices in the skillet, squashed & mashed, and my new favorite - cut in half and stuffed with chicken and a green veggie favorite. (Kale please)
Here is how I did this extreme leftover make over!
1 sliced wheat hoagie
3 sliced long- ways thin cutlet size baked chicken
1 husked ear of corn
1 large pre baked sweet potato
1 cup of greens
1/8 cup shredded cheese
load and bake till warm and melted (which ever occurs first) then add a favorite spicy or sweet sauce to a top toasted bun.
And there you have it! You've made an extreme makeover out of yesterday's meal!
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Please note, this is what I made my family, my meal is shown below.
My babies have a lighter pallet so here is there meal: