Thursday, February 13, 2020

Foodie Friday (on a Thursday) ~ Using Up That Leftover Steak/Roast

Again? We've gotten behind in our posting. With all of the appointments we have going on (mine and the kids'), editing, fulfilling requests for full manuscripts and article requests, editing papers for my kids (I should really start charging them for that, now that I think of it...), I barely have time to squeeze in some sleep, never mind my wonderful blog. At least I can eat at my desk.

Anyway, I realize it's only Thursday today but I'm not sure I'll be able to get on here tomorrow with Valentine's Day festivities (not that I have plans, but the kids do). I didn't want our Friday to be missed this week so I thought I'd share a fast, easy recipe where you can use up all of that leftover meat.

In this house, we have no time for cooking that takes hours or all day, and usually, when I prepare meals, I cook for leftovers. That way, everyone can re-heat if we're on the go or they can be used in new ideas using the same stuff. With steak and roasts, you can only have so many steak sandwiches and stir-frys. So I often turn to one of the three areas that you can make something wonderful: Italian, soup/stews or Mexican. This week we had both steak and roast as well as some peppers that needed to be used up so I went Mexican.

I have been known to make my own Mexican spice mixture, but if you don't have time to create your own those packaged ones work just fine and you can add anything extra to them (except salt...those are salty enough). Plus there are so many varieties of wraps you can use so there should be something for everyone. I usually opt for the ones with a bit of extra flavor in them (eg: spinach, sundried tomato, garlic, etc.) but choose whatever you think your family will enjoy the most.

Without further ado, here is my very simple, 'I gotta leave in an hour, mom' recipe for Leftover Steak/Roast Fajitas. For the record, you can use this for other meats like chicken, pork or anything else you have handy.

Happy cooking!


~ 1 - 2 packages of wraps, depending on how many are digging in
~ 2 tablespoons of EEVO
~ a few cups of leftover steak/roast, sliced into strips
~ 1 large onion, sliced
~ 2 sweet peppers, sliced (any color will do but I used red)
~ 1 garlic clove, minced
~ 1 pack of taco seasoning (or create your own)
~ 1 lime (plus a few if eaters like a little extra)
~ toppings such as sliced avocado, corn, black beans, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, salsa, etc.

1. Preheat pan on medium heat, adding oil after a few minutes.
2. Add onion until translucent, then throw in the peppers.
3. Once the peppers are softened, add the garlic and fry for about 2 - 3 minutes.
4. Add the taco seasoning along with a splash of water. Turn the heat down and allow to simmer for a few more minutes until the seasonings are blended in with the veggies.
5. Squeeze the juice of one lime right in with the mixture. Then turn the heat off.

To serve, get everyone to load up their wraps (I usually get everyone to start off by putting their wrap in the microwave for about 15 seconds to make folding the wrap easier) with the favorite toppings and enjoy.

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