Leftovers Disguised

We grilled steak twice last week. On the days when I’m really busy, grilling a steak, baking a potato and putting together a salad is a quick dinner. Sometimes the steaks are large enough that we’ll grill one and split it but sometimes, they’re not quite that large, but big enough that we don’t finish the whole thing. Leftover meat without any kind of sauce doesn’t rate real high on my “good dinner” list so I had to get creative with the steak leftovers.

Dinner

Dinner

The leftover steak (from two different nights) was thinly sliced. I had a package of some kind of pasta with a seasoning packet. One onion was sliced, a little garlic was added, parmesan cheese was grated, a salad was made and pineapple pudding was made earlier for dessert.

The onion was carmelized in a little butter and olive oil. The garlic was added and the steak was tossed in just long enough to warm it. The sauce from the pasta packet was heated and then added to the meat mixture.

Once it was all ready, a little sliced basil was added to each bowl, along with the grated parmesan cheese.

Dinner

Dinner

It was super quick and delicious! No one would ever recognize that steak as leftover meat and there was enough left that we’re having it for lunch again today!

Mushrooms

Last week I told you that Aldi’s had mushrooms for 39¢ per package. The first time I went, I bought 3 packages and we used those for various dishes. I love slicing them, then cook them in a little butter, with onions, add balsamic vinegar and serve them over grilled steak or chicken. The second time I went I bought 4 packages and then I decided to go back and buy 24 packages to dehydrate.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms

The dehydrated mushrooms are fantastic for dumping in gravy, soup or spaghetti sauce. I ended up with 12 half pints, 4 pints and 3 quarts of dehydrated mushrooms.

Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed Mushrooms

Some of the larger ones I put aside and used them for stuffed mushrooms.

The price has now gone up to either $1.69 or $1.99 per pack so, while I’ll still buy fresh for salads and making stuffed mushrooms, for the most part, I’ll enjoy dehydrated mushrooms for quite a while.

Garden Fresh Salad

This is the time of year when we’re exhausted by dinner time and when we’re too tired to eat . . that’s tired! Saturday we had worked around here all day and by the time we were in the house, neither of us wanted much to eat so I fixed a big salad, with everything except tomatoes from the garden.

Since the spinach is all gone, we started with lettuce. There are several kinds of lettuce ready for picking.

Lettuce

Lettuce

Next I added radishes.

Salad

Salad

The radishes are Long Scarlet Radishes. I’m trying to grow different types of radishes to see which ones we like best. Some are overpoweringly strong, which I like for some things, but I also want a salad radish with just enough bite that we get the flavor but isn’t so strong that all we end up tasting is radish. We like the Long Scarlets.

Next I added a bit of a tender young purple onion, thinly sliced.

Salad

Salad

The next addition was strawberries! Some of the strawberries are fairly small and they’re great for tossing into a salad whole.

Salad

Salad

Those strawberries are so sweet . . it’s hard to stop eating them.

Next came some golden sugar snap peas that are immature and tender enough to eat the whole thing.

Salad

Salad

Last addition from the garden — basil and mint leaves, thinly sliced.

Salad

Salad

The final ingredient was storebought tomatoes. It won’t be long til we have our own tomatoes! Dressing was blueberry balsamic vinegar and a bit of olive oil.

Salad

Salad

I think tonight we’ll have the same thing but maybe grill a chicken breast, slice it up and add it on top.

You’d think with all the work we do and if we at like this every night, we might lose weight but so far . . not happening.