On those occasions that I don't have a full table, I adjust by planning my leftovers ahead of time. Should we just have a little dinner leftover, I will often reheat or repurpose it for lunch the following day. When I know that we are going to have leftovers because I am making a roast, perhaps, I plan out 2 or 3 meals for that week starting with the main meal.
So a Busy Day Pot Roast that is dinner one evening.
Becomes BBQ Beef on another night.
And the base for a Beef Pot Pie on a third night.
So a few days ago when I wanted to make Bierocks for our Oktoberfest Celebration I knew that I was going to have leftovers. I wanted to halve the recipe for the Bierocks but my burger comes in 1 lb. packages so I knew that I was going to have to use up the other half a pound in another recipe of some sort.
I had started making the filling for the Bierocks using only half the ingredients required for a full recipe, when it occurred to me that all of these ingredients are in my Stuffed Cabbage recipe. I added the rest of the burger, more onion and more cabbage to the pan and let it cook down for the Bierocks.
I used half of the mixture as the filling for eight Bierocks which fed Frank, Melody and I for dinner one night and Frank for lunch the following day.
A couple of days later, I put the remaining beef and cabbage mixture into a casserole with some canned tomatoes and rice. I use a Royal Rice Blend that has 4 different kinds of rice, that have been parcooked so only take 15 minutes cooking time to finish. If you are using another kind of rice you will want to cook it prior to adding it to the casserole. All the flavors of stuffed cabbage without the effort of stuffing and rolling the leaves.
There was enough in the casserole to feed four people for dinner or Frank and I for dinner one evening and lunch the following day.
That is 8 meals from one pound of burger. If you are watching your budget, you can feed a family of four two delicious meals during the week with very little time, effort or expense.
Happy Friday everyone.....Enjoy your weekend. You will find my Weekly Menu following this recipe.
Easy Stuffed Cabbage Casserole
1/2 lb lean ground beef
1/2 an onion, diced
3 c. shredded cabbage
1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes with juices
1/3 c. Royal Rice Blend or 1 c. cooked rice
1/3 c. water if using Royal Rice Blend
salt and pepper to taste
Place ground beef and onions in a large skillet over med high heat. Season with salt and pepper and cook until onions are softened and burger is crumbled and browned. Add the cabbage and continue to cook until wilted. Add tomatoes with their juices, rice and water, if needed. Stir to combine
Turn into an 8" casserole or baking pan. Cover and bake in a preheated 350* oven for 25-30 minutes, until rice is cooked and casserole is heated through. Print Recipe
The Weekly Menu
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Roasted Cauliflower Steaks
Chile Colorado Burritos
Leftovers before Choir