As I’ve mentioned previously, I don’t believe in wasting food. I would estimate that 98% of all food products that we purchase are consumed…mostly by myself via breakfast or lunch creations.
The following are some examples of our ‘creations’, a couple of which stem from leftovers and others where we utilized food items that we overbought with good intentions and had been in the pantry for a while…
We’d made tacos one night… Consequently, we had seasoned taco meat (hamburger) left over and I needed to do something with it. So I scrambled some eggs with cheese and the taco meat and then added spicy taco sauce when it was finished.
Laurie kicked it up a notch, adding pickled jalapeno slices and a dollop of sour cream…
…and then she wrapped it up in a soft taco shell. It was very good!
Another time, we’d open a can of pineapple rings and we had about half a can left in the refrigerator. Laurie volunteered to make pancakes with a pineapple ring and cherry in the middle…surprising, since she doesn’t like pancakes! She thought that these were pretty good though!
Now…what in the heck am I going to do with a partial jar of cherries!? (To be determined)
We had an old box of tuna helper in the cupboard and we’d finally made it up for dinner, adding spices, some shredded cheese and baby peas. Then there were the leftovers for me to deal with. I put them in a frying pan with a bit of butter, and then fried an egg, dropping it in the middle of the leftovers. It was a very nice breakfast!
Then there was a leftover grilled boneless pork chop… Reheat it and place it on top of a toasted buttered English muffin.
…and then of course drop a couple of fried over-easy eggs on top. Yum!
On another occasion I decided to use up an old box of Uncle Ben’s rice. So I opened a can of Kirkland’s Chicken that we’d had in the pantry for months and ‘fried’ the chicken in butter to provide a little more flavor and texture.
Laurie cooked the rice in her rice cooker and then we added the chicken, some small pieces of leftover bacon and a bit of cheese. Laurie plated her meal with some crushed croutons and added the cherry tomatoes for color. We thought that it was a decent if not great use of our old pantry stock.
Leftover breaded Tilapia filets… Heat them in butter in the frying pan and…
…add two easy-over eggs for a very satisfying breakfast!
We’ll end this leftover food posting with an actual meal out
One evening we decided to stop by the Tanasi Bar and Grill (Tanasi Clubhouse in Tellico Village) in Loudon Tennessee for a light dinner. Laurie ordered the Southwest Chicken with a side salad and chips. ($12.00) She liked it and said that she’d order it again…
I went super healthy with my choice. This is the Citrus Herb Salmon with broccoli and grilled green beans. ($14.00) It was perfect! Those grilled green beans were a real winner and the salmon with the citrus based sauce hit the spot…
The Tanasi Bar and Grill is located at 450 Clubhouse Point just off TN Hwy. 444 in Tellico Village/Loudon Tennessee. Phone: 865-458-9392. While this restaurant doesn’t really have a website, I’ve attached a link to their menu: http://places.singleplatform.com/tanasi-bar--grill/menu.
That’s about it for now… I apologize for all the food and restaurant related blogs but we haven’t been out exploring much lately so my usual historical or sightseeing posts have suffered as a result.
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Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave