Today we’re continuing with “Ways to use the meat you have on hand, part 2.” If you’ve scrounged in your fridge recently only to realize you’re going to be eating the same leftover meat for the next four days, check out our ideas below. You just might find yourself inspired to whip those leftovers up into a completely new dish!
PORK (roast, loin, chops, etc)
Pork, potatoes, and onions skillet (think “Steak and potatoes”)
As women, we are constantly thinking about what to make for the next meal. Sometimes my husband asks me how I just “whip up” something for a meal, with seemingly very little effort put into it. I usually respond that I have only been agonizing for several hours about what to make! Ahh, sometimes the coming up with an idea is the hardest part! (And yes, this happens even when I meal plan, because some days I just don’t feel like making the particular meal that is scheduled for that day!)
Another challenge that we often face is how to be frugal and use up what we already have on hand, say a whole bunch of taco meat or that ham that was leftover from Easter. Or what about the eight-pound pork butt that we cooked up? How can we change how serve it so that it doesn’t feel like we’re eating the same thing over and over again?
I’m sure many of you can identify with these struggles. For this reason, we have put together a list of some of our favorite ways to use up specific meats that we already have on hand.
This post will cover chicken and beef. Our next post will cover pork and other meats such as ham and sausage.
Chicken Salad Sandwiches Pizza (BBQ Chicken, Chicken Alfredo, Fajita) Chicken Alfredo Salad Topping Chicken Pot Pie Broccoli Chicken Casserole Quiche Fajitas Enchiladas Chicken and rice soup White Chicken Chili
Shepherd’s Pie Spaghetti/Baked Spaghetti Traditional Sloppy Joes/Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes Goulash Frittata Quiche Stroganoff Korean Beef Bibimbap Spanish Rice Tator Tot casserole Taco Casserole Taco Pizza Mexican Loaded Potatoes Taco Dip Beef and Bean Burritos/Smothered Burritos Tacos/Taco Salad Quesadillas Vegetable Beef Soup Cheeseburger Soup Chili (Leftover chili can also be used for loaded potatoes, quick taco salad, chili dogs)
What are some of your favorite ways to use leftover meat? We would love to hear about them!
It’s good for the soul to be able to look back at hard times and see how God has changed you and used it for good in your life! God has used Covid-19 for a lot of spiritual growth in my life but today I want to share some of the lighter hearted things He has taught me through this time!
1. I used to view my life as pretty low key, almost mundane…but now I see that I was living high with trips to the grocery store and a library outing at least once a week for new books and movies! Laugh you may, but my perspective has definitely changed in a positive way and I will be a lot more thankful for my “mundane” life if I ever get it back!
2. I’ve learned to be creative in the kitchen. Now the kitchen is my happy place (especially if it’s clean) and I would have said I was creative in the kitchen before all this. However, it has taken on a whole new dynamic in the past months. I used to make a meal plan and shop accordingly. Now I shop and make a meal plan out of what I was able to find at the grocery store. It has opened up a whole new world of cooking experiments.
3. We have gotten better about getting outside for walks! Sometimes we take a quarter and flip it at each intersection to see which way to go. Other times we take a slower walk and try to spot cool things along the way. We have discovered an old Bronco (parked amongst other run-down stuff in someone’s yard) and unique houses set back from the road.
4. I’m learning to be more structured about our life at home. It’s easy to get a bit bored when you’re at home day in and day out making a plan/daily routine has brought some direction to my day!
5. Prioritizing activities with my girls is almost becoming a habit! Reading books, toilet paper roll crafts 😉, cooking together, building pillow forts, “school” work, including them in household chores, etc. Yeah, I could do a better/faster job but why not redeem the time to train them up in these areas? They have to learn sometime and this is a perfect opportunity! I love watching them bloom into little ladies!
God has been so good to us during this crazy time! What wonderful little things has He taught you?
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” – Romans 15:13
In the midst of the storm, let’s calm our overwhelmed hearts in the unchanging One!
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever” – Hebrews 13:8
In the time of restlessness, let’s claim the rest Jesus offers!
“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” – Matthew 11:29-30
When uncertain days make us weary, let’s find our strength in God!
“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31
When we are lonely because we are distanced from our friends and family, let’s find comfort in our God!
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” – John 14:16-18|KJV
When we are afraid, let us run to Christ and find peace!
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
While it is natural for us to want comfort, security and normality in our circumstances, let us anchor our hearts and minds in the solid truths of Christ!
In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when striving cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand
(In Christ Alone by Stuart Townsend)
*All verse taken from the English Standard Version unless otherwise marked
Sometimes I wish I could be more like my two-and-a-half year old daughter.
She wakes up in the morning and snuggles up with me on the couch, happy to be sitting on my lap.
She doesn’t ever wonder about where her next meal is coming from.
She plays with her toys, taking joy in the moment.
She trails behind her Papa as he works outside, delighted just to be with him.
She lays her head down at night, closing her eyes and sleeping soundly until morning comes.
As a young child, she is a stranger to my tendency to lie awake at night, worrying about endless ‘what-ifs”, whether or not I cleaned the germs off the door knobs well enough, or the serious-toned conversation that happened at the dinner table.
The Bible calls adults to become like little children in order to enter the kingdom of heaven; their complete and simple trust in the Father for salvation reveals to us what it means to trust the Father. To take our need to become like children a step further, I would say that children often help us better understand to trust God in other areas as well.
My daughter begins and ends each day with such a carefree spirit because she trusts us, her parents, to take care of her. We’ve cared for her in the past, so why should she fear that we won’t continue to do so tomorrow, and the next day, and the next? As imperfect and fallible as we are, she still trusts us to take care of her.
My daughter has learned that if she needs something, all she needs to do is ask and we will take care of that need. If I, as a frail and limited human parent, desire to care for my daughter’s needs and delight in doing so, how much more should we trust our heavenly Father who is divinely capable of meeting our needs?
Why can we not be more like a child, especially when we have our heavenly Father caring for us?
With COVID-19 at the forefront of our lives these days, it is so easy to allow our fears to overwhelm our hearts and fill our minds with worry and anxiety. However, God has been faithful in the past and will continue to be faithful in the days to come, no matter what they may bring. Can we not trust Him?
Matthew 10:29-31 reminds us that He takes care of the common sparrow and keeps count of the hairs of our head. If He manages such small and insignificant details, how much more will He take care of us, the ones who are made in His image, the ones He gave His only Son for?
Oh to learn what it means to lean completely on the Father’s good and perfect care for His children.