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Planned Leftovers: Carnitas Tacos from Pork Roast

by Texas Homesteader ~

I hate food waste. Now I’m sure we ALL hate food waste, but for some reason it’s a deep-seated hatred for me. I’m not sure where such strong feelings originate – I never recall going hungry a day in my life. But for some reason I simply cannot stand food waste. I keep an eye on food freshness in my kitchen like a ninja!

I’ve spoken before about my Cook-Once, Eat-Twice method of cooking where you cook a boatload of main dish & freeze the rest for future meals. These entrees will be served exactly as they were cooked. Homemade Meat Ravioli or Stuffed Bell Peppers are two examples.

But there’s another method of cooking I often employ to stop food waste in its tracks: Planned Leftovers. This is a little different, a main ingredient is made in large quantities and then the leftovers are made into completely different dishes.

For instance I might cook a Slow-Cooker Sticky-Chicken one night and then make Tortilla Soup with the leftover chicken. Make sense?

Now hear this: recently I purposely made massive quantities of Slow Cooker Pork Roast. One of my all-time favorite leftovers planning is Carnitas Tacos. Oh man you’re gonna love this!

Planned Leftovers - remake leftover pork roast into a totally new dish: Carnitas Tacos. Delicious & you can make your own taco shells too! #TexasHomesteader

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Homestead Hack: Leftover Roast Into Hearty Stew

by Texas Homesteader ~

Who doesn’t love a hearty stew when the weather’s cold? And if you’re using leftover roast to make it, that meal can be on the table in minutes.

Recently I wrote about the benefit of planned leftovers. That’s the method of cooking when you purposely cook more of an item than you will eat at one time.

Then bibbidy-bobbedy-boo presto-changeo remake the leftovers into brand new and delicious recipes.

But today I’m sharing the quickest & most basic delicious leftover idea: a Hearty Stew!

Planned Leftovers remade into the quickest meal possible - a hearty meat/veggie stew. Check out this Homestead Hack. #TexasHomesteader

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Planned Leftovers: Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

Got leftover chicken and wondering how to use it? I use Planned Leftovers cooking! Turn leftover chicken, a few dried out corn tortillas and a few cans of veggies to turn leftovers into delicious, hot & satisfying Chicken Tortilla Soup! 

Planned Leftovers: Use leftover chicken, a few dried out corn tortillas, a few cans of veggies to make delicious Chicken Tortilla Soup! #TexasHomesteader

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Remaking Leftovers: Quick Quesadillas from Meatloaf

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The other day RancherMan & I celebrated a special occasion by going to the Cheesecake Factory. But they always serve so much food that we decided to split the entrée so we would still be able to enjoy a piece of super-decadent chocolate cheesecake for dessert.

Oh we got the cheesecake alright, but even splitting the entrée there was no way we could eat it all and then enjoy cheesecake too. And that specialty cheesecake is the reason we picked THIS restaurant to celebrate in the first place.

So RancherMan suggested we stop eating our entrée, put the leftovers in a to-go container (thankfully I always bring my own GLASS reusable to-go container – I HATE those styrofoam monstrosities! ) and move on to dessert right then.

So we bundled up the leftovers to bring home and enjoyed that cheesecake! But I’m going to make sure these leftovers are not wasted, I can remake that meatloaf into something new and delicious. Tonight I’ll make them into quesadillas!

Leftover meatloaf is versatile! I'll make sure it's not wasted by remaking it into something new and delicious - quesadillas! #TexasHomesteader

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Using It All – The Art of Eliminating Leftover Food

by Texas Homesteader

Reducing waste in the grocery budget seems to be a hot topic right now. Rushed parents and over-scheduled folks are doing the best they can to keep their grocery budget low.

But the USDA estimates that between 30% and 40% of our food is ending up in landfills. 


The USDA estimates that between 30% and 40% of our food ends up in landfills. See our easy tips on eliminating wasted and leftover food. #TexasHomesteader

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