Pulled Pork – A meal that can last all week!

It is the holiday season. Life is busy and people are tired. With all the parties and baking, meal planning can become overwhelming. One of the greatest life-hacks all home cooks should know is that prepping meat like pulled pork and reusing it in a variety of ways throughout the week can save you tons of time and energy in the kitchen. Here is a simple pulled pork recipe that, with a little creativity, can be served in five different ways!

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Recipe

What you will need:

  • 1 boneless pork shoulder (at least 3 lbs in weight), skin and excess fat removed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups bbq sauce (bottled or homemade)
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

In a slow cooker, place pork on top of chopped onion. Add broth, cover and cook on low for 8 hours. For truly tender pork, remember ‘low and slow’ is always the best method! Remove from heat and allow meat to cool. Once cooled, pull meat into shreds (removing fat and gristle as you go). Remove excess fat from slow cooker by skimming the top of the liquid. Return meat to slow cooker and stir in remaining ingredients. Cook for 1 hour on low.

Pulled Pork – A meal that can last all week!

5 Days of Pulled Pork

Monday- BBQ Sandwiches

You can’t beat the classic BBQ pulled pork sandwich! Simply serve your pulled pork on a toasted bun with a side of coleslaw and sweet potato fries and call it a night!

Tuesday- Pulled Pork Tacos

For a Mexican inspired twist, try serving your leftover pulled pork on warm corn tortillas. Top with sliced avocados, shredded cabbage, sliced radishes, fresh cilantro, feta crumbles and a splash of lime juice!

Wednesday- Pulled Pork Salad

Combat that mid week slump with a fresh garden salad topped with a serving of chilled pulled pork! Dress with your favorite vinaigrette or a creamy ranch and you have the perfect lunch meal!

Thursday- Egg Rolls

Time to switch up the flavors a bit with this Asian inspired dish! All you will need is a cup of pulled pork, diced green onion and celery, shredded carrot, and about a ½ teaspoon of both minced garlic and soy sauce. Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Spoon into the center of eggroll wrappers and wrap everything up nice and tight. Finally, fry or bake until light golden brown!

Friday- BBQ Pizza

Mix up your usual Friday night pizza night by using what’s left of your pulled pork. Keep it simple by purchasing a premade pizza crust (obviously homemade dough is delicious too). For the sauce, simply mix ½ cup marinara with ½ cup of your favorite bbq sauce and spread evenly across crust. Top with leftover pulled pork, sliced red onion, pineapple chunks, and plenty of mozzarella cheese! Bake at 450 degrees until your cheese is melted and bubbling!

 

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Teriyaki Salmon Collars

Many people believe that salmon collars are “fish bones” and just throw them away. The truth is that there is a lot of meat left on the collars nine times out of ten and that meat is just completely wasted. Another benefit of salmon collars is that they are usually very inexpensive. If you go to your local grocery store and ask if they have any salmon collars, in most cases they will, if the are selling fresh salmon steaks, and you will be able to get these collars for a discounted rate—as fish bones. Not only are the salmon collars relatively inexpensive, they are also full of flavor, making them one of my favorite meals. Many people have had salmon collars at sushi joints or other restaurants, yet they believe that it is too complex of a meal to cook at home. I’m here to show you the opposite. Here is an easy recipe to make salmon collars.

Teriyaki Salmon Collars

Serving Information

  • This recipe serves 4 people
  • Preparation time is 3-5 hours
  • Cook time is under 10 minutes
  • The total time to make teriyaki salmon collars is approximately 4 hours and 10 minutes.

What You Will Need To Make Teriyaki Salmon Collars

  • Mirin
  • Sake
  • Soy Sauce
  • Sugar
  • 4 Salmon Collars

How To Make Teriyaki Salmon Collars

Make Your Own Teriyaki Sauce, How You Like It!

If you wish, you can feel free to buy a pre-made sauce at the grocery store. However, if you make your own, you can make it exactly how you want it. The main ingredients are as follows: Mirin, Sake, Soy Sauce, and Sugar. Just start mixing until you come up with the flavor you like. For my teriyaki sauce, I use ¼ cup sugar, 1 ½ cups of soy sauce, ½ cup sake, and 1 tablespoon of Mirin. However, we all have different tastes and likes so make sure to experiment and create a sauce that you can use again and again.

Let the Salmon Collars Marinate

Put the collars in a large Ziploc bag. You have to break them up and but 2 in 2 different bags. Pour in the marinade that you created or that you purchased from the store. Let it sit and marinate for 3 to 5 hours.

Cook the Salmon Collars

When you are ready to cook the salmon and it has had plenty of time to marinate, remove the salmon from the Ziploc bags. Then, put the salmon on the grill. As the fish is cooking, paint the remaining teriyaki sauce on the salmon collars. You can also choose to cook the fish in a frying pan and still adding the teriyaki sauce as it cooks. You will know when the salmon is done cooking when it becomes flakey and cooked through the center. It will only take about 4 minutes on the grill, depending on how much steak is left on the collar.

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Four Awesome Leftover Turkey Recipes

Leftover Turkey Recipes

You roasted a beautiful turkey and fed a small army. Everyone is replete on the couch and floor watching television as you clear it all away and begin to realize that there is a lot of meat left on the old bird. What to do? You don’t want to waste good meat, but you’re not really sure what you can do with it all. Here are four awesome leftover turkey recipes that are simply and yummy. First of all, take a few minutes and pick all the meat off the bones making sure it is in small pieces and place in a covered bowl. Now you are ready for any of these quick and easy meals.

  1. Turkey Pot Pie: Place about two cups of leftover turkey meat in a square casserole dish. Add a can of cream of chicken soup, a can of mixed vegetables and a cup of water. Stir. Add salt and pepper to taste. Place a ½ cup of self-rising flour and ½ cup of milk in a container with a lid. Shake vigorously. Pour the mixture over the turkey, soup and veggies. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour for an easy and tasty turkey pot pie!
  2. Turkey Salad: Add ¾ cup leftover turkey to a bowl. Cut up a medium granny smith apple into small chunks and add to turkey. Add a ½ cup of light mayonnaise and stir (this can be adjusted based on how much mayo you prefer). Add salt and pepper to taste. Add a couple of generous splashes of red wine vinegar to the salad for a little extra kick. Serve with your favorite crackers or as a great turkey salad sandwich on whole grain bread.
  3. Turkey Tacos: Place ½ cup of onions and ½ cup of green peppers in a skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil. Sauté until soft and add two cups of leftover turkey. Heat until warmed through. Add a pack of taco seasoning and about ¼ cup of water and simmer for ten minutes. Warm some taco shells or tortillas in the oven at 200 degrees for ten minutes. Top your turkey tacos with cheese, lettuce, sour cream, or taco sauce as desired.
  4. Turkey Noodle Soup: Place your turkey in a small stockpot. Add ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, ¼ teaspoon of onion powder and salt and pepper to taste. Add a can of drained whole kernel corn. Add a 32 ounce carton of chicken broth. Bring to a boil and add a small package or ½ of a large package of egg noodles. Boil on low for seven to nine minutes. Add a thickening agent if desired and cook one minute longer. Serve your turkey noodle soup with whole grain crackers or cornbread.

These recipes are easy and delicious! There is no reason to waste your leftover turkey with these four awesome leftover turkey recipes! All of these recipes are not only delicious, but they are very healthy as well! Enjoy!

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Leftover Baked Ham Recipes

Leftover Baked Ham Recipes

Ham is pretty darn delicious. You can have it in a sandwich, a soup, or just eat it straight. There are so many ways to enjoy it! If you had ham for a celebration this holiday season and are facing an excess amount of the stuff we’re here to help. Here we listed a few simple, easy recipes to help deal with it.

Macaroni Baked Ham

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. pkg. of elbow macaroni
  • 1 can cream of celery soup
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 cup diced, cooked ham
  • 1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

Directions:

  • Bring a large amount of water to a boil. Be sure to add some salt to the water. Add in the elbow macaroni to cook. Once it’s done drain the macaroni. Rinse it with cold water.
  • At this point stir in the half the cheese, soup, ham, milk, and onion. Using a six cup baking dish pour the mixture into it. Make sure the dish is buttered beforehand. Cut the ham into thin slices to add to the top. Also place the remaining half of the cheese on top as well.
  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake for thirty minutes.

Candied Dill Ham Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 lb. leftover baked ham
  • 1 Vidalia onion
  • 1 jar of candied dill spears
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp. pepper

Directions:

  • Using a meat grinder grind the pickles, ham, and onion. It’s recommended to use meat grinder with a hand crank. Add the mayonnaise and pepper. Stir everything together until it’s well blended.
  • Toast some yummy bread. We recommend sourdough!

Baked Eggs and Mushrooms in Ham Crisps

Ingredients:

  • ¾ lbs. of mushrooms, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup finely chopped shallot
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tbsp. crème fraîche or sour cream
  • 1 tbsp. finely chopped, fresh tarragon
  • 12 large eggs

Directions:

  • Turn the oven on, and preheat it to 400 degrees.
  • Take out a muffin tin with 12 muffin cups.
  • In a large skillet cook the mushrooms in pepper, shallot, salt, and butter. Do this on a medium high heat. Stir the mushrooms until they become tender. Do this until the liquid coming from the mushrooms has evaporated. This should only take about ten minutes. Remove the mushrooms from heat. At this point stir in the tarragon and crème fraiche.
  • Place a slice of ham into each of the muffin cups. Each cup should be oiled to prevent sticking. Crack one egg into each of the cups. Divide the mushrooms evenly into each cup as well. Bake in the oven for fifteen minutes. The eggs will be a little runny, so cook for a few more minutes if you do not want them this way.
  • Once you remove the muffin tin from the oven sprinkle the eggs with a little pepper and salt.

We hope you enjoy these easy to make recipes. Each one is delicious, and is sure to help you get creative with all that leftover ham!

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Spicing Up Thanksgiving Leftovers

Thanksgiving Leftovers

You've just enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving meal with friends and family. As you open the fridge the next day, you're overwhelmed with leftovers: roast turkey slices, sweet potato casserole, bowls of cranberry sauce, and rolls of fresh bread. It seems like there's enough food for your family for the next week. So how do you create new dishes out of leftover food?

Thanksgiving Sandwich

Many families make rolls of fresh bread for Thanksgiving, which can quickly go stale in a day. We recommend using the bread first so it doesn't go to waste.

  • Slice a roll in half. Spread some cranberry sauce, turkey slices, and stuffing on the roll. A little cheese can also work, too.
  • You can experiment with what goes into the sandwich. You can also put leftover sweet potato or green beans in there, too.

Thanksgiving Casserole

You can add many of your Thanksgiving leftovers to this casserole that puts a fresh twist on the holiday feast. You'll need leftover roast turkey, a cup of frozen green beans, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cheese- all items that you've either cooked recently for Thanksgiving dinner or have around the house.

  • Spread leftover stuffing on the bottom of a baking pan.
  • Layer turkey, green beans, and half a cup of mayonnaise over the stuffing.
  • Combine a cup of cheese with some leftover mashed potatoes in a separate bowl, then layer over the existing mixture in the pan.
  • Cook at 375 F for 30-40 minutes until done.

Turkey and Potato Pot Pies

You've probably got a significant amount of turkey left over, and maybe some mashed potatoes as well. Here's a delicious pot pie recipe using those leftovers.

  • In a skillet, cook four slices of bacon until crispy. Remove and set aside.
  • In the skillet, cook four cups of sliced mushrooms and three cups of leeks for about 12 minutes, seasoned with thyme, salt, and pepper.
  • Add three tablespoons of flour over the vegetables and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add two cups of chicken broth and simmer for 4 minutes.
  • Add three cups of turkey and the bacon, then cook for a minute.
  • Pour the mixture into eight ramekins for individual pot pies, then spread mashed potatoes over each ramekin.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • You can also add a golden touch to the potatoes on top by putting them in the broiler for a few minutes after the ramekins have finished baking.

Thanksgiving Salad

Leftovers are also ideal for sprinkling on top of salads. If you have leftover green beans, cranberry sauce, or turkey, you can create a delicious salad from your holiday feast.

  • You can turn cranberry sauce into a dressing by blending it up and adding a little olive oil.
  • Chop turkey up into tiny bits and layer on top of a salad.
  • If you have cheese left over from appetizer dishes, you can also cut it up into small pieces for a good salad accompaniment.
  • Green beans also work very well in salads.

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