Menu Plan Monday: Leftovers


Menu Plan Monday arrives again, and a cold one it is. Last week struggled to even reach freezing, and we had 2 days out of school. This week, we’re climbing out of that, but it still doesn’t look great. Oh well, what can you expect from January, I guess.

So, one night this week will be the famous “leftover buffet.” Leftovers here have evolved as the kids have gotten older. In past years, often an entree I made would last for two dinners. No more — now, frequently everything is eaten the first night. No second night, no leftovers, even. But, we do have enough leftovers now to have a leftovers dinner night. Does your family enjoy leftovers? I like not cooking, but I’ll admit it can be a pain to microwave each item individually, etc. Usually, I open up all the containers and set them on the stovetop, and then people choose what they want and microwave it.

Here is the plan for this week:

Monday: Chicken Stir Fry – I just cook chicken, a bag of alfalfa sprouts, a chopped carrot or two and snap peas  in soy sauce, and serve with rice. Happily, there are still snap peas from the summer’s garden in the freezer. I love it when winter meals can still feature produce from the garden.

Tuesday: Cheeseburger Wraps — made these a while back and they were delicious.

Wednesday: the infamous Leftover Buffet



16 oz. refried beans

14.5 oz. chicken broth

5 oz. chunk chicken (I usually just cook 1 chicken breast)

15.5 oz. black beans, rinsed

3/4 cup salsa

Combine all ingredients.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 10 min.

Crumble a few tortilla chips in the bottom of each bowl.

Ladle soup over chips and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.

You can also cut tortillas into strips and bake them for a few minutes to serve with this.

Friday: Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Cheddar Crust — new recipe, and I’m not sure I’ll be making it in a skillet — but it looks good, doesn’t it?

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Any leftovers on your menu this week? More menu plan Monday ideas at OrgJunkie‘s.

4 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday: Leftovers

  1. Most of my main meals consist of leftovers I have cooked previously. Tonight I will dine on a pork roast I prepared in my old crock pot (I thought it died, but it is living, again) last week, Lees’ fantastic slaw I made Saturday, Kraft dinner I made yesterday, and a Texas Roadhouse roll with cinnamon butter. A coworker’s son works at TX Roadhouse so she often brings a bunch of the rolls & butter for our monthly pitchins. Yum Yum – Is it time for supper at 9:45 A.M. Doubtful : (

  2. I’m going to look at that Skillet Chicken Pot Pie; I’ve really been enjoying the simplicity of skillet dinner recently.

  3. I think I would enjoy the Skillet Chicken Pot Pie, but won’t make it because it would be waaaay too much for me. I think I would enjoy the tortilla soup except that I’m not into mashed beans. I wonder if it would be good without them. What do you think?

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