Thursday, August 25, 2011

Re-purposing Your Leftovers

The best way to get the most out of your food (or the best bang for your buck), is to re-purpose your leftovers. Turning a previous day's meal into a completely new recipe using ingredients that you already have in your fridge/pantry is a win in my book. I did just that this past weekend and it turned out to be quite a success. 

Last Friday night, I had a special dinner request from my boyfriend for beef tacos. When it comes to tacos, I think he knows all he has to do is ask. It is very unlikely that I'd ever turn that request down. It's a quick and easy meal to throw together that tastes delicious. Once we finished our tacos, there was a ton of seasoned ground beef leftover and I immediately began brainstorming on what I as going to do with it. Since I've been trying to lower my carb intake, I knew it was going to be a meat & bean bowl of some sort. I threw a bunch of my leftover ingredients together and came up with.. the Taco Bowl. 

Taco Bowl
(serves 1)

- Leftover seasoned taco meat (Mine was ground beef this time, but I think turkey would work just as well. I'd say there was a little more than a cup if you're looking for exact measurements.)
- 1 cup of black beans
- 1/2 cup of avocado, chopped
- Garlic powder, to taste
- Ground black pepper, to taste
- Juice from 1/2 of a lime
- 1/2 cup of salsa of your choice (I went with Trader Joe's fresh mild salsa)

1. Place the meat, beans, and avocado in a small to medium sized mixing bowl. 
2. Add the garlic powder, ground black pepper, and lime juice and mix all together. You want to make sure the entire mixture has been coated. 
3. Top with salsa of your choice, and enjoy!

Super easy, right? This may be one of the easiest combinations I've ever thrown together, and it was definitely one of the tastiest. Say so long to the burrito bowl, and hello to the taco bowl. I promise you won't miss the rice. 

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jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

mmm now i want tacos (and its only 845am).

Matt @ FaveDiets said...

This looks really good! I love re-purposing leftovers, and this looks good enough to make even if I didn't have leftovers to get rid of. Thanks for linking up to my blog hop!

Sarah Mina said...

Yum! I love anything with avocado in it :)

Andrea said...

Love this, especially since it has avocado!

navy and orange said...

I love putting my veggie leftovers into scrambled eggs. yummy!

xoxo navy & orange

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

I love this! Such a great way to re-use leftovers!

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