I'm always interested in creative ways to use up leftovers, but I'm even more interested
in ways to use up "planned overs."
My favorite "planned over" is brown rice.
I love to cook a decent amount and put some in the refrigerator
to use later in the week.
(On a side note -- the pressure cooker does a fabulous job of cooking
brown rice. I simply put in 2 cups of rice, 2 1/2 cups of water, and a dash of
salt. Cook on high pressure for 22 minutes. Let pressure drop for 10 and then
manually release. This is the simple recipe that came
with my pressure cooker and I can honestly say it produces the
best textured brown rice I've ever made!)
Anyway, sorry about that digression...lol.
I'm also trying to make sure I rotate food stock.
Faced with leftover rice and the promise to work the ground beef
into our meal rotation for the next few weeks, I decided to try a
homemade version of hamburger helper.
The rules were simple.
I could only use what I had on hand in the house at that very moment.
Beef (1 1/3 cups) rehydrating in the pot
leftover brown rice (I only used 1/2 of this and the rest went back into the fridge)
two cups of steamed mixed veggies (freezer storage and store brand)
2/3 cup of Oriental flavored seasoning/water/thickener
(You could use any of your favorites or a seasoning packet.
In this case I happen to have seasoning packets I bought in bulk
quite some time ago that need using.)
Since all my ingredients were officially cooked, the plan was simple.
Drain the beef and while it drained heat a tiny bit of oil.
I don't own a wok, but my non stick frying pan works just fine.
Add beef, rice and veggies and lightly stir fry.
Basically I was just heating them through half way.
Then add the seasoning and finish heating thoroughly.
This yielded 4 adult sized servings with absolutely no problem.
Pickiest daughter loved it, grandson loved it, and daughter in law and I declared it