Sunday, July 5, 2015

What to do with leftover grilled meat??

Now that 4th of July has come and gone (are we really half way through the summer grilling season??) here is a great way to use up that forever leftover grilled meat. We all do this- overbuy proteins for a summer BBQ and then we are left with a plethora of deliciously grilled meats. Worry no more- this super simple recipe will kick up those leftovers and create a whole new meal! I made this recipe with leftover steak but you can add whatever protein you want in lieu of steak- chicken, sausages, pork, shrimp- whatever. It works great every time and you can eat this recipe as is, with rice, or with tortillas for fajita or taco style. It's super simple and can be ready in 20 minutes! I'm a huge fan of using leftovers and this recipe is perfect! 

Grilled Meat Makeover 

3-4 cups of leftover protein sliced thin or in bite size pieces - steak, chicken, shrimp, sausage, pork, etc.
1 medium green pepper, julienned 
1 medium red pepper, julienned 
3 tbs cilantro, minced 
1/2 jalapeño, deseeded and minced 

1 cup of frozen corn- if you have fresh cooked corn- even better 

3 garlic cloves, minced 
1 cup (10-15) grape or small cherry tomatoes 
1 cup red or yellow onion, sliced thin 
Juice of 1 lime (about 3-4 tbs) 

1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano 
1 tsp cumin 
1/2 tsp fresh pepper or to taste 
1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes or hot sauce (optional) 
2 tbs olive or canola oil 

Cutting board 
Chopping knife
Measuring cups and spoons 
Wooden spoon 
Large high-sided sauté pan or wok 

Heat your sauté pan or wok over medium high heat. Add oil and allow a minute to heat up. 

Throw the onions into the pan and allow to cool for a minute or two. Add the minced garlic and oregano and sauté for another 30 seconds before adding both colored peppers and minced jalapeño. Cook while stirring occasionally for a 3-4 minutes. 

Add the frozen or cooked fresh corn, protein of your choice, cumin, salt and pepper. Continue cooking for a couple minutes. Then take each small cherry or grape tomato and squeeze them individually into the pan before throwing them in. You want their juices to coat the dish. 

Squeeze the fresh lime juice into the pan and add the minced cilantro and hot sauce or red chili flakes if you're using. Cook for another two minutes, stirring occassionally and then remove from heat. 

Serve right away with whatever side you chose. I ate mine fajita-style with sour cream and avocado and it was delicious!! 
Enjoy! Xo

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