Due to the summer heat, I’ve been using my crockpot a lot more than my oven, especially for cooking large quantities of meat. I recently threw two large turkey breasts into the crockpot with a seasoning rub (that I threw together) and some reduced sodium chicken broth.
From this, I decided to reserve some of the meat for a turkey-potato-veggie dinner, some for sandwiches (turkey club anyone??) and the rest, I threw into a stewpot on the stove with some barley and vegetables. Yes. Soup in the summer. I’m okay with eating soup in the summer. I like to freeze it into smaller portions and then pull it out on a rainy day! Here’s what I did:
We all end up with leftovers at Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate!), don’t we? I know I do. Not only did we have leftover chicken from our Christmas-Day-at-home this year, but also turkey that Mom sent home with us the night before. We had an entire veggie tray that was just going to waste, too. So, I put on my thinking cap, set my big stew pot on the stove and started to clean out the fridge. Here’s what I did…
Wow, has it been a week since I posted last? I’m hoping to have a really good post in a few days, but here’s one about a quick, tasty and filling dinner I made myself this week: a quesadilla! This one, however, wasn’t just stuffed with cheese. I pulled a bunch of stuff out of the fridge and decided to use it as a leftovers carrier!
I was going to grill the tortillas, but these were larger-sized tortillas and didn’t fit in the grill too well. Some people fold over their quesadillas. Sometimes I do, too. But that night, I was really hungry so I wanted a large, unfolded quesadilla using two tortillas. So, out came the large frying pan and the Pam. Continue reading →
Well, it’s Boxing Day, the day after Christmas, and so many of us are faced with the same thing: leftovers!
This morning, I was hungry and still had a taste for turkey (believe it or not). So, I pulled out the remnants of my bacon-wrapped stuffed turkey breast dinner from Christmas Eve and pondered what to do with them. Normally, I’d consider an omelet but I checked my last two eggs and found that they had expired. Alas!
I have a tiny little kitchen. It’s an apartment or galley kitchen. It’s larger than some I’ve seen, but there really is only (just barely) room for me to move back and forth in. Whenever poor hubby comes to get a drink while I’m in there, he hears an apprehensive, almost warning voice emanate from me, asking, “What… do… you… need?” I don’t like other people coming into the kitchen while I’m there. After accidentally bumping into the oven too many times to count due to having another human being in the kitchen with me, perhaps my hesitation can be a little understandable.
Despite this, I wanted to make us a special dinner for Christmas Eve. I didn’t want to get a turkey for just the two of us, so I snagged a couple of turkey breasts from the grocery store a couple of days ago. Sure, I could have just baked them off, but I wanted something fancy.
Inspired by a couple of Food Network Christmas shows (namely the ones with Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsey in them), I decided I wanted to stuff and roll these turkey breasts. Continue reading →