Post weight loss surgery when you eat out in a restaurant it's a given there will be a lot of leftovers or waste. I hate wasting food. Sometimes I have no choice if I'm headed to a movie or I'm too far from home but if I'm heading home right after a meal you better be sure the leftovers are coming home. Those leftovers can be "repurposed" and transformed into a bunch of great meals.
Repurposing: Transforming leftovers into something equally as yummy. The goal is for them to taste & look so completely different you don't realize you are having leftovers.
I was really feeling like a steak last night. We're in a bit of a heatwave and I wasn't feeling the whole standing in front of the BBQ to cook them. Air conditioning and no dishes was more what I was feeling. So I took my Mum to a local restaurant that has GREAT steaks (locals: believe it or not it's Richie's Diner. Go. I'm serious, so good.) My order: Filet Mignon, cooked medium. It came with salad. My Mum and I split an order of grilled veggies and mushrooms. I ate 1/2 the steak, the salad and a few of the veggies and mushrooms.
These were my leftovers. About 4 oz. of steak and a 1/4-ish cup of veggies.
Today those leftovers became this AWESOME lunch...
Shelly's Steak Stuffed Mushrooms
4 oz. Steak Leftovers, chopped
1/4 cup Leftover Cooked Veggies (any zucchini, peppers, onions, whatever)
1/2 teaspoon Oregano
1/2 cup Cottage Cheese
2 oz. Feta Cheese (I used Tomato Basil Feta)
1/2 teaspoon Kosher Salt
a few twists of Black Pepper
Around 10 Large Stuffing-size White Mushrooms
2 Tablespoons Parmesan Cheese for topping
Clean and remove the stems from mushrooms. Set aside. Chop steak somewhat fine. Set aside. Blend veggies, cottage cheese, feta cheese in a mini food processor or blender till smooth. Pour into a bowl. Add steak and seasonings. Mix till well combined. Stuff mixture into mushroom caps.
Arrange on a lightly oiled Pyrex dish or baking sheet. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
Since size of mushrooms will vary, any leftover mixture would be great on a Tortilla Pizza. I served these for lunch with a spinach, cucumber and tomato salad with sprinkle of toasted almonds and a drizzle of storebought vinaigrette dressing. It was a delicious and packed with protein meal and you would NEVER know it came from a Styrofoam box of leftovers.
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