One of my favorite kinds of food is Mexican inspired food. Why?
1. It is usually cheap, 2. It is pretty easy to make, 3. A little goes a long way towards fulfilling hunger, and 4. It is so versatile!
I made a few favorites this week with a handful of ingredients. Let me walk you through my multi-mexi recipes.
This is a case where one meal gets transformed into a new one, and then another one! This keeps you from wasting leftovers and prevents food boredom. Here's a list of everything I used all week:
1 can diced tomatoes with green chili peppers
2 roma tomatoes
1/2 cup minced cilantro
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 can refried beans
Cheddar cheese, shredded
1.2 lb ground beef
Ok, so meal #1:
I made my own salsa from the can of tomatoes and chilis, diced up fresh tomatoes and the onion. Added the cilantro and a dash of garlic, plus lemon & lime juice. Delicious with chips or as a topping!
After 2 days, I still had plenty of salsa and was bored. So I heated a can of refried beans in the microwave, added all the rest of the salsa, topped it with some shredded cheddar cheese. You will be amazed at how delicious this simple dip is!
Another 2 days goes by and it isn't likely I will finish the huge amount of dip this made, so I browned the ground beef, drained it, and added taco seasoning. To this I added all the bean & salsa dip. This made for some very hearty tacos! Put over tortilla chips or wrap in a tortilla with lettuce, sour cream and cheese.
This is just one example of the many ways you can re-purpose leftovers into a different meal. It is thrifty, creative, and just an all-around good idea!
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