by Texas Homesteader ~
Planned leftovers is purposely cooking more at one meal with the intent of turning those leftovers into a completely different kind of meal the next night.
We’d purposely grilled more chicken & vegetables so I could incorporate planned leftovers for the next day (which means a night off cooking!) That excess grilled food was quickly changed into delicious homemade chicken fajitas in minutes.
Eating At Home, Saving Money
The whole shebangie only cost about $15, much less than treating them to a restaurant meal.
So we saved some money yet enjoyed a hearty meal and good conversation.
Preplanning for Charcoal-Grilled Leftovers
But the food that went on that grill that night was carefully thought out.
You see, Planned Leftovers means you’re purposely cooking a lot at one time with the intent of having leftovers.
For me, that means my leftover chicken & veggies will be repurposed into another dish.
So when RancherMan fired up the grill, I brought out enough chicken breasts to fill lots of grill space. That way grilled chicken would already be prepared for my planned leftovers.
And for the grilled veggies I’d purposely chosen vegetables that I could put to further use after the main meal. Such things as jalapeno, bell pepper & onion as well as some thick slices of zucchini & summer squash.
Once again I’d brought out much more prepared vegetables for RancherMan’s grill than we’d eat on that night.
I’d cut the vegetables into very thick slices and RancherMan grilled them to perfection – grill marks & all. We’ll not let those veggies go to waste, oh no!
We all ate our fill (plus some!) and there was still plenty leftover for RancherMan & me for subsequent meals.
But I was eyeballing those leftover grilled chicken breast & grilled veggies.
I love that RancherMan has no problem eating leftovers. His thought is “If it was delicious last night, it will be delicious tonight too!” I feel the same, and this mindset saves us so much money, y’all.
But I decided to finish off these leftovers by turning them into a completely different meal – chicken fajitas!
Preparing Our Leftover Chicken Fajitas
So I took the last two leftover chicken breasts & sliced them thinly. I did the same thing with the grilled peppers, onions, jalapenos and squashes.
Now all that’s left to do for tonight’s supper is heat it up, roll it in some warm flour tortillas and dinner is served!
Planned Leftover Cooking Benefits:
Cooking with planned leftovers in mind carries many benefits.
Planned Leftovers means I’m making a completely different meal with leftovers. This assures our palates aren’t bored by eating the same thing over & over.
Thankfully RancherMan’s palate doesn’t get bored easily, but still I like to mix things up for our suppers. This is a super-easy way to do that.
Eliminate Food Waste
I’m also eliminating leftover food which is good for our budget. Food waste is a hot-button issue for me.
So I’m pretty good about making sure the food we have – whether purchased or grown in the garden – is fully utilized.
That adds up to an environmental as well as financial score…
Get A Night Off From Cooking
And finally by utilizing the Planned Leftovers method of cooking we’re enjoying a delicious, perfectly-grilled meal with no extra cooking nor preparation dishes to wash.
It’s almost like getting a night off from cooking. Now who doesn’t love that??!!
Heat-n-Eat Homemade Chicken Fajitas in minutes, y’all!
Doesn’t get better than that.
Planned Leftover Meal Ideas
- Fast Food: Remaking Leftover Steak & Veggies
- Planned Leftovers: Easy Slow-Cooker Pork Roast
- How To Quickly Shred Leftover Roast
- Leftover Mashed Potatoes Into Potato Cakes
- Leftover Biscuit Dough? Make Cinnamon Rolls!
- Hearty Stew – Quickest Planned Leftover Meal Of All
- Pulled Pork Enchiladas From Leftover Roast
- Planned Leftovers: Carnitas Tacos From Pork Roast
- Leftover Meatloaf Made Into Quesadillas
- Leftover Chicken & Zucchini Noodles with Herb Bombs
- Chicken Tortilla Soup From Leftovers
- Chicken & Dumplings Using Leftover Chicken
- Using It ALL – The Art Of Eliminating Leftover Food
- Leftover Great Northern Beans Into HUMMUS
- Leftover Turkey & Dressing Into Patties
Other Planned Leftover Posts
Our Favorite Tex-Mex Recipes
- MYO Taco Seasoning
- Carnitas Tacos
- MYO Crispy Taco Shells
- Easy Corn Tortillas
- Mix-n-Pour Tortilla Recipe – No Kneading, No Rolling
- Pulled-Pork Enchiladas
- Cheesy Enchilada Casserole
- Lazy Cook’s Chile Relleno Cups
- SW Chicken w/Herbed Rice
- Cheesy Chile-Chicken Casserole
- Quick & Easy Taco Soup
- Chicken Tortilla Soup
- Homemade Pork Tamales
- (w/Instant Pot Shortcut Option)
- Spicy Jalapeno Cornbread
- MYO Pinto Bean Seasoning Mix
- Creamy Hatch Chile Sauce
- Quick Southwest Quesadillas
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