I hate to waste food, but I can appreciate that my family does not want to eat the exact same meal for three days in a row. I try to look at leftovers as my magical path to a new meal in 30 minutes or less. I have two examples from the week following Mother’s Day.
On Mother’s Day I smoked a whole chicken and a venison roast. I had both meats sitting in the refrigerator waiting for a makeover the following week. On Wednesday, I took the leftover venison roast, chopped it into smaller pieces, and put it in a pan to heat up with taco seasoning and water. As it sautéed away, I chopped lettuce and tomato. In about 10 minutes I had a taco bar waiting for my hungry crew.
On Thursday it was the chicken’s turn for a new look. I chopped the remaining chicken and mixed it with barbecue sauce and shredded cheese. Next I took a tube of crescent rolls and rolled them out. Using two triangles, I formed a rectangle and placed a portion of the BBQ chicken mixture down the center. After folding up both sides and pinching all the edges to seal, there was a perfect filled pocket waiting for the oven. I repeated the process until all of my filling was gone. This time it took 2 tubes of crescent rolls to complete the meal. Next, it was time to bake the pockets for 15-20 minutes at 375°F and then we were ready to serve. This particular Thursday boxed mac & cheese and roasted cauliflower accompanied our BBQ chicken pockets.
Two days, two quick meals that everyone enjoyed, and we used up what we had available to us. I call that a pretty successful week!