Blogger Beau Coffron of Lunchbox Dad has some great tips for turning the remainders of your holiday feast into delicious leftover meals!
You know that feeling the day after you have a big party or the holiday celebrations are over? You have all these leftovers, but the last thing your family wants to do is eat the same exact meal that you stuffed yourselves on the day before. Not only that, but who wants to do a bunch of dishes again so soon after the big party? What you need are some ideas to turn yesterday’s leftovers into today’s easy and amazing meal. Here is my favorite leftover recipe to turn any meat into your favorite new day after taco dish!
1. Prep the meat in a matter of minutes.
Take out your leftover turkey, ham, prime rib, chicken or whatever other meat you served for your celebration. Shred it up or chop it into bite size pieces. Use meat claws like these to accomplish this in a snap! Heat up in microwave.
2. Bring out a few other ingredients to go with the leftover meat.
For these tacos, all I used to accompany the meat is soft taco sized flour tortillas, grape tomatoes, avocados, radishes, cilantro, and lime wedges. However, you could also use shredded cheese, salsa, and sour cream.
3. Serve all the food family style.
Let your family do the work of constructing their own tacos at the table, or even set up a “build your own taco bar” with all the ingredients listed above.
4. Use disposable dishes for everything.
If you are like me, you’ve spent 40,000 hours in the kitchen by the time a family celebration is finished. The last thing you want to do is rewash all the dishes you just cleaned the day before. Make sure to stock up on some nicer disposable plates, serving dishes, and silverware. The place setting in the picture above is a great example. Buying the upgraded dishes looks really nice, but it also gives you the option to wash it if you find a supply of extra energy, or just throw it out.
5. Gather everyone’s holiday snacks to make an easy appetizer or dessert.
You know all those prepackaged snacks that people get as gifts over the holidays? Don’t save them for later, use them right away for an easy appetizer or dessert option. Dump everything into separate bowls then let your family pick out a mixture of their favorites. It couldn’t be easier!
So don’t dread the next day after a big celebration, just put your leftovers to good use and turn them into simple and stunning leftover meals! Your family will love it and it will save you time and energy to actually enjoy the day after the big party.
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