Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday-Night Leftovers

Today I'm posting the sixth main-meal idea using items from my friend, Jane's, shopping list.

For Jane's family of four (including tweens aged 12 and 10), I've kept the meals simple, quick-to-prepare, colorful, nutritious, tasty, and most importantly, kid-friendly.

Here's a list of the meals I've proposed so far:
  1. Shrimp & Tomatoes with Garlic Mash
  2. Mini Tortilla Pizza
  3. Beef Curry with Condiments
  4. Crustless Quiche with Salad & Parsley Potatoes
  5. Kid-Friendly Pasta and Salad
Friday night is often an evening when families will pick up take-out, or eat out at a family-style restaurant. If you haven't made the Mini Tortilla Pizza yet, try it tonight instead of take-out, and since they're fun to make, have the kids help you put the pizza together.

The other option is to make a pie with your leftovers -- also lots of fun to make with kids.

I made my leftover pie using tuna from yesterday's Kid-Friendly Pasta meal. Having suggested tinned tuna for the kids and tuna steaks for the adult-version of that meal, I'm guessing, like me, you might have a combination of some tinned tuna and tuna steak leftover.

Chances are, if you cooked the Shrimp & Tomato with Garlic Mash when I posted it, you don't have anything from that meal leftover. However, if you cooked it a few days ago, and have leftovers, those leftovers combined with the leftover tuna mixed with extra mashed potato is the basis for my meal idea for today.

Friday-Night Leftover Pie
1) Boil several potatoes until they're tender; drain and mash with seasoning, butter and some milk. Set aside.
2) Into a bowl, toss any leftover tuna you have, break it up with a fork.
3) If you have leftover Shrimp & Tomato, add that to the bowl too.
4) Break a couple of eggs over the lot and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon.
5) Spoon the mixture into an oven-proof bowl and dot the top with pieces of buttered bread cut into squares.
6) Pop the pie into a 350-degree oven for about 30-40 mins or until the bread pieces on the top of the pie turn toasty. (If bread turns quite brown before the middle of the pie is hot, cover the pie with foil and return it to the oven for additional cooking.)

To Serve: A side of veggies like broccoli and carrots tossed in some butter and parsley, would make this a more complete and nutritious meal, however, it is Friday and rather than deal with the stress of nudging the kids to "eat your vegetables" just enjoy the pie as is, perhaps with some crunchy corn chips on the side.

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