Monday, July 4, 2011

Menu Plan Monday: Leftovers Edition

Over the Canada Day long weekend, we BBQ'd. A LOT! We also prepared a dish for the annual picnic with Chris' extended family. Since stores were closed on Friday, I ended up doing a mondo shopping trip on Thursday. Although we did make a list, we went with the whole "it's better to have it and not need than to need it and not have it" philosophy, so we inevitably ended up with a lot of leftovers and unused food. So my goal this week is to incorporate as many of these as possible into our meals! We'll also be heading to the cottage this weekend which is even more motivation to clear out the perishables. I'm pretty proud of this menu plan! It includes a few new dishes which sound very tasty, and if all goes well, we should end up with very little or no waste.

I'm also going to be linking up with I'm An Organizing Junkie starting this week, so I can proudly display one of her (many) MPM banners from this point forward! Here we go!

Monday: I'm preparing a few dishes today 'cause some things need to get eaten/cooked stat. Some of this will end up as leftover-leftovers. :)

Sausage and egg casserole, amended to include sauteed onion and mushroom as well. A plethora of leftovers are going into this one! Two cooked sausages and 3 flat, multigrain hamburger buns (in place of the white bread) from Saturday's BBQ, the last spicy smoked sausage from the meat keeper for some kick and a handful of the mushrooms from the remaining 680g package we didn't even end up touching over the weekend.

Hearts of Romaine Salad w/ apple, red onion and cider vinaigrette. We don't have cider vinaigrette so will probably just use balsamic - hope it gets the job done! This will take care of at least one of the two unused romaine hearts left in the bag. (People just don't put lettuce on their burgers like they used to!) I'm also swapping the pecans for raw almonds as we still have some of these kicking around.
Broccoli Rice Casserole. In you go, head of borderline-wilting broccoli! I'm also dicing up and tossing in the shaved ham and turkey we didn't end up using in yesterday's picnic wraps.

Hungarian mushroom soup. Get in there, residual mushrooms! This'll allow us to harvest some of that dill in our garden as well!
Casserole leftovers

Black Bean and Rice Enchiladas. I love enchiladas and haven't made them in awhile. Perfect time, as we have several flour tortillas left from the picnic. I also like that this recipe attempts to be a little healthier, incorporating brown rice and black beans!

Leftover-leftovers! Perhaps toss in a couple of the pre-seasoned Pacific salmon fillets we have in the freezer to bulk up the meal. 

Polish off any remaining leftovers OR take out / order in; keep it simple before the holidays!


  1. Looks good, I'm stopped over from I'm an Organizing Junkie!

  2. i love mushroom soup!!
    i'd love if you visited my blog
    you can check out my Menu Plan here

  3. @FCTM - this mushroom soup turned out AMAZING!!! Deserving of a michelin star. ;) Highly recommend!