Sunday Dinner becomes Thai Green Curry!

Well, having thoroughly enjoying our Sunday Dinner of roasted Lamb with Scalloped potatoes and Broccoli yesterday and having had some more for lunch, its now time to convert the left overs into tonights “NEW” dinner!

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Started off by chopping up some onions, sautéing them with some green curry paste and some Kaffir Lime Leaves….

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Then I poured in a can of Coconut Milk and let it simmer

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whilst I chopped up the leftover lamb.

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Added the lamb and broccoli to the simmering mixture, put on a lid, turned it to low and let it cook away. I know you are supposed to cook a good curry by starting with the raw meat so it absorbs all the flavors, but under the repurposing circumstances, this method is allowed and turns out pretty good if I may say so 🙂

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In the meantime I prepared some Jasmine rice which I seasoned with salt of course and a touch of cloves.

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Within 30 minutes of starting, dinner was nearly ready. Just letting it rest for a few minutes before I allow my little family to dig in ❤

A little taste of the holidays…..

A couple of days ago I baked way too many mini sweet potatoes so I found myself with quite a few of them leftover.

You all know my rule by now, nothing gets tossed out and every food item has various purposes in life.

With that said, I took the leftover baby sweet potatoes and sliced them into semi thick slices.

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Sweet potatoes always make me think of the holidays and seeing that there is such a thing as Christmas in July, I decided, holiday theme it is…..

Grabbed some brown sugar and cinnamon and gave each piece a nice dusting of both, warmed them up in the oven and finished them of under the broiler.

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And there we have, a little taste of the holidays, perfect bite for Christmas in July! Now all we need to do is to cool the weather down a bit here in South Florida to make it perfect!

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Leftover Popcorn Chicken = Chinese Dinner

After a lovely 1 hour jog/walk through the park I got home to one hungry teenage child! Had a quick rummage through the fridge and found half a container of popcorn chicken that had miraculously not been eaten!

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Out it came with some onions and garlic cloves. Chopped them all up, sautéed the onions and garlic till they started caramelizing, then added the chicken.

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In the meantime I put together this simple tasty spicy orange sauce.

  • 1 tbsp of grated ginger
  • 2/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tbsp orange marmalade
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon sambal oelek or other hot chili sauce

Heat a pan with a splash of olive oil. Add grated ginger; sauté 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in chicken broth, orange marmalade, and soy sauce; bring to a boil. Cook until mixture is slightly thick. Stir in fresh lemon juice and sambal oelek.

Tossed in the Chicken, Onions and Garlic for one fabulous tasty meal!

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Whilst all of the above were cooking I made some jasmine rice and now we have Spicy Orange Chicken for dinner tonight! Who needs Chinese take-out?

Leftover Pot Pies

What do you get when have the following items in your fridge?

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Red Thai Curry Sauce
  • Leftover turmeric spiced rice
  • leftover empanada dough

Well that’s easy, we make Red Thai Chicken Curry Pot Pie! Have you ever heard about this? Probably not…..well at least I haven’t, but why not right?

Start by chopping and sautéing some onions….

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Followed by chopping up the chicken…..

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Add the chicken and red thai curry sauce to the pan…….

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Let it simmer on low until the chicken is nice and tender and cooked through.

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In the meantime, I got my little pot pie casseroles out and filled them with a layer of the leftover turmeric spiced rice……

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Once the chicken was ready I filled my little casseroles with it and then…….

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finished it off by topping them off with the empanada dough brushed with egg wash.

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Into a 385 deg F oven for about 20 minutes or until the dough is nice and golden.

Dinner is ready!

Mussels makeover time……

After last nights dinner I was left with a few helpings of Mussels, so now its time for their makeover!

I made some rice and cooked it with the leftover stock from the mussels to give it that kind of paella flavor and some achiote to give it a nice yellow color..

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While the rice was cooking I took each mussel off its shell and set them aside.

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Then I sautéed some onions, garlic and once they were nice and golden I folded in the rice.

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Tossed in a handful of chopped cilantro and the unshelled mussels!

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Its turned out fingerlickingly delicious, guess I could call it a simple Paella, but who cares what we call it if it tastes good right?.

Superbowl Leftovers……..

Yes we are back on the leftover theme, obviously my favorite……:-)

Yesterday was a big American Football day here in the USA, Superbowl took place with the Seahawks (Seattle) playing against the Patriots (New England).

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GO PATRIOTS! (that was actually my hubby’s shout out not mine)!

I have tried and tried for now nearly 18 yrs to like this game but have not succeeded, so instead I busy myself in the kitchen, making treats for the game watchers!

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Last night we had some simple but very tasty burgers full of flavor and yumminess cooked just right (not too well not too raw and still very juicey). Piled on the tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, mustard and catsup and topped the off with some crispy maple bacon and made a nice mess eating them :-).

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As a sweet treat I made some Cranberry, Orange White Chocolate biscotti which went perfectly with that after dinner cup of coffee……

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Anyway, today I found myself with some leftover burger patties all seasoned and ready to go, but not in the mood for a burger per say, you know its Monday, diet is back on, don’t want the bread and so it goes.

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Decided on a Lettuce wrap……..out came the Butter Lettuce, Tomatoes, then placed the burger in the middle and topped it off with some sliced avocado and hearts of palms. Added a teaspoon of salsa golf (mayo mixed with catsup) and a drizzle of Pear Cinnamon Balsamic Vinegar from the Mount Dora Olive Oil Company. ❤

Stealing Rachel Ray’s words “Yummo”! That just hit the spot, Monday is nearly over and now there are only 4 days left before the weekend swings back to visit us again.

The Chicken is back to haunt me – Well kind of……….

For those of you who know me, unless food is rotting, I do not, I repeat, do not throw any food away that can be rescued!

Last night we had for dinner these super tasty buffalo chicken ravioli that I made out of left over roasted chicken (check out yesterday’s blog). I purposely did not take the leftover ravioli to work so that my son could have them when he got home from school! Oh yes, a mum’s sacrifices for her children!

Of course, I got back from work to find the Ravioli untouched, so once again, before they go to waste I decided to give them a quick twist and make them into my dinner snack!

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I placed the ravioli in a 400 F deg oven for about 20 minutes after spraying them with olive oil to get them nice and crispy.

In the meantime I poured a well deserved glass of Plum Wine after a hard day at work!

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I quickly zapped the leftover blue cheese light sauce and poured it into a dipping ramekin and then placed the crispy ravioli around my ramekin after adding some chopped cilantro!

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Don’t you think this is the perfect dinner snack, paired with my yummy glass of plum wine?

Cheers and Happy Monday to you all!