If you’ve ever hosted a cookout, block party or barbecue, you know just how much food will be likely to show up. There are dozens of summer cookout dishes out there, which is why you’ve probably never gone hungry at a barbecue before, but when there’s a lot of food, there are usually also a ton of leftovers. But leftovers aren’t a bad thing if you know how to use them! Take a look at the following popular summer cookout leftovers for some money-saving snack and dinner ideas:
Hot Dogs, Bratwursts or Sausages
Cookouts almost always leave you with leftover hot dogs, sausages or brats, but this is definitely a good thing! Chop up your hot dogs and mix them into mac and cheese for a cheesy baked casserole perfect for busy weeknights. If you have leftover Italian sausage, chop it up and sauté it with eggs and potatoes for a simple breakfast scramble or hash.
Grilled Chicken or Steak
If you have leftover grilled chicken or steak you’re in luck! There are endless beef and easy chicken recipes out there that are perfect for using leftovers. Slice up your meat and use it from everything to sandwiches, paninis and wraps to pizzas, pastas and salads. The fact that the leftovers are grilled will add amazing flavor to otherwise typical meals, too.
Don’t want to eat your leftover grilled veggies plain? Cook up a little bit of pasta, rinse it off with cool water and toss with chopped vegetables and a light dressing for an easy pasta salad. Pasta salad can be stored in the fridge for quick lunches and lasts a while. Alternatively, have a homemade pizza night and add your leftovers on top of your cheese and sauce.
Fruit salad is delicious eaten straight from the bowl but you can get a little more creative by using your leftovers in homemade frozen popsicles, sorbet, fruit smoothies. You can also freeze fruit by itself for easy snacking or freeze pieces in ice cubes for flavored water. For breakfast, spoon fruit over yogurt and granola for a healthy start to the day.
Try this easy, yummy recipe for blue cheese steak wraps. The recipe tells you how to grill the steak, but it’s perfect for using leftovers if you have them already!
Blue Cheese Steak Wraps
Makes 6 wraps
- PAM® Grilling Spray
- 1¼ pounds beef flank steak, trimmed
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 6 tablespoons reduced fat chunky blue cheese dressing
- 6 8-inch whole wheat flour tortillas, warmed
- 1½ cups packed baby spinach leaves
- 1 14.5 oz. can Hunt’s® Petite Diced Tomatoes, drained well
- 1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
Spray the cold grate of a gas grill with grilling spray. Preheat grill to medium heat. Sprinkle steak with garlic salt and pepper. Grill 6 to 8 minutes on each side or until medium done. Let stand for 5 minutes and then cut into thin strips.
Prepare wraps by spreading 1 tablespoon dressing on each tortilla. Top tortillas with steak, spinach, drained tomatoes and onion. Fold sides in and roll up like a burrito. Cut in half to serve.
Author Bio: This is a guest post by Meredith K. on behalf of ReadySetEat. Visit www.readyseteat.com for more easy recipes for dinner and simple ways to use your leftovers this summer.