Meal Planning – Leftovers
I know, I know, leftovers aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. But they reign supreme at our house. I love making a dinner big enough to give us leftovers for the next day. I thought I would share with you some of our favorites meals for leftovers.
Bratwurst – I love to keep cooked brats in our fridge for quick lunch or dinner options for our kiddos. In the winter when the grill is put away I like to cook them in the oven. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees then open 2-3 packages and place them on the cookie sheet. Once the oven is heated, just pop the pan in and set the timer for 20 minutes. When you hear the ding take them out and they are ready to eat! They won’t have the beautiful grill marks but they are still nice and juicy inside. The brats are also super easy to warn up in the toaster oven so these are usually a staple in our fridge.
Steak Burgers and Bacon Burger Patties – Another super easy lunch or dinner idea, the patties are easy to cook on the grill or in the oven. I love to use my grill pan to make my burgers in the oven. Heat the grill pan on Medium high heat in order to sear in the juices. Preheat the oven at 375 degrees. Cook each side for about 2-3 minutes each side. You will know when they are ready to be flipped because the meat will release naturally from the pan. If you are having a hard time flipping them, that means they are not ready so just be patient. Once they are seared you can either place the whole grill pan in the oven with the burgers still on it or if you are cooking more burgers than your pan will allow you can move the seared burgers to a cookie sheet and place them in the oven on that. You will want to cook them in the oven for about 15 minutes or until the internal temp reaches 165 degrees for a well done burger.
Chicken Tenders – My kids love chicken! They especially love chicken they can eat with their fingers. I love keeping cooked chicken tenders on hand because sometimes life calls for an easy lunch and chicken tenders along with some celery and peanut butter are a great option. Plus my girls and I love salads and having cooked chicken tenders ready to be diced up and added to a bed of lettuce adds extra protein.
My favorite way to cook them is using my grill pan. Once I have seasoned my tenders with my Wildtree spices I preheat my grill pan to medium high heat. I am going to sear the chicken tenders just like I did my burgers. Not only does this lock in all the juices but it leaves behind the pretty grill marks. Once they are seared on both sides, I will place the whole grill pan in the oven or move the tenders to another pan depending on how many I am cooking at one time. The same temps apply as with the burgers. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake for 10-15 mins and when the internal temp reaches 165 degrees.
Often times I will take a few hours on the weekend and cook up brats, burgers and chicken tenders to have on hand throughout the week. With these quick meal ideas coupled with my Wildtree freezer meals, dinners are always a success!