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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
What to do with leftovers???????
After supper tonight, I was faced with several leftovers: chopped lettuce went with the salad greens, but still, I had Mexicorn, chopped tomatoes, shredded Cheddar, beef and black bean taco filling, as well as a newly opened jar of homemade and canned taco sauce. I also had a bit of leftover chilli with kidney beans, 2 tomato halves (once refrigerated, I don't like them in salads), rice. What to do? I was inspired to make a Mexican type casserole.
After Pam spraying a baking dish, I layered the cooked rice,
I then topped this with the prepared chilli with kidney beans and topped that with the beef and black bean taco filling from tonight;
I added the rest of the chopped tomato from dinner, then chopped up the other 2 halves and sprinkled these all about, to form the tomato layer.
Concerned that there wouldn't be enough liquid as this bakes, I added a can of "rotel style" tomatoes,
and the drained Mexicorn, forming the next 2 layers
Wanting enough liquid as well as seasoning, I added a good amount of my taco sauce on top
Finally, I grabbed some Monteray Jack cheese (8 oz bar cost me 59 cents) and shredded about 2 oz of that, and added the rest of the leftover, shredded Cheddar from supper, along with about another 2 or so ounces more that I freshly grated. So here is my supper for tomorrow: I'll call this Mexican casserole; it's frugal, uses what needs to go, helps me to avoid kitchen waste, thereby saving me money. A dinner for 4 easily, out of bits of this n that. I'll make a quick, simple green salad and be done.