Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Three meals in one

With our crazy schedule and limited income, we are all about re-using leftovers in some creative way. Some of them don't work and end up being dumped. Others, like these three recipes, are definite repeats.

Day 1: Pork and Beans
  • 1 pound ham hocks
  • 1 16-oz bag pinto beans
  • 6 cups water
  1. Add all three ingredients to a very large crock pot. (Keep in mind the beans will more than double in size while they cook.)
  2. Turn on high for 8-10 hours, until beans are soft.
  3. Serve with warm cornbread... at least that's how we do it in our house.

Simple, right? Now, expect leftovers and use them in this recipe:

Day 2: Taco Soup
  • 1-2 cup leftover pinto beans with ham pieces (be sure to remove any bone)
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 package Taco Bell taco seasoning
  • 1 bag frozen corn
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • tortilla chips, optional
  1. Cook the ground beef thoroughly.
  2. Mix together, in a large saucepan, the beef, beans/ham, taco seasoning, corn, and bell pepper. Cook on medium heat until the corn in cooked through, about 15 minutes.
  3. Serve topped with shredded cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips.

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