Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Reinventing Lefovers

We've all been there, your carefully crafted dinner was good the first night, maybe even the second time, but the third time is hard to palette. The dilemma: what can you do with leftovers once you're bored of them? Well, I just might have an answer (or two). Recently I have been surprising myself with my ability to reinvent leftovers, so I've decided to post some of my more successful attempts here.

First Meal: Barbeque Pork Chops (these were actually leftovers from a meal out)

Second Meal: Barbeque Pork Carnitas
Leftover barbequed pork chops, meat pulled away from the bone and thinly sliced
2 C white rice
2 C water (if using rice cooker, otherwise follow package directions)
2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
3 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
2 Tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice, divided
1 can black beans, rinsed
pinch cayenne pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
Flour tortillas
Shredded cheddar cheese

Cook the rice and water in the rice cooker with 1 Tbsp olive oil, cilantro and 1 Tbsp lime juice.
Heat the beans over low heat with 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 Tbsp lime juice, cayenne pepper and cumin. Heat until warm, about 10 minutes.
Assemble the rice, beans, meat and cheese in a tortilla as desired. Top with salsa and guacamole (optional).

*I ate this for dinner and then ate the ingredients as a "bowl" (without the tortilla) for lunch the following day.

1 comment:

  1. I've never made carnitas. This sounds like a good one to try. Thanks!