Everything but the kitchen sink

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Every week, it seems like I end up with a few outstanding items in my fridge. Rather than throw them away, I like to mix and match my leftovers and repurpose them into a quick and tasty meal.

This week I had a leftover potato, some broccoli florets, deli sliced honey maple turkey, and muenster cheese. Using these ingredients I was able to create a light (sans the cheese, my personal weakness) and flavorful meal for two. Take a look in your fridge and see what creative dishes you can assemble!

Ingredients:

  • 1 russet potato (because of the sides, I used one potato for two people; generally speaking you want to prepare one potato per person. all depends on how hungry you are)
  • 1 broccoli head
  • 1/2 – 1/4 lb of deli sliced honey maple turkey
  • two slices of cheese (optional – I used muenster, but any cheese will go well with this; leave the cheese out to lighten it up)
  • Olive oil
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Garlic (or garlic powder)
  • Thyme
  • Lemon juice
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Ketchup / Sriracha to serve

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. (if you’re in a rush, baked potatoes can also be made in the microwave using the ‘potato’ setting (generally 5-8 minutes per potato, flipping halfway through).
  • Rinse and scrub potatoes until clean. Rub potatoes with olive oil. Sprinkle with pepper, salt, and thyme (dill works nicely too). Pierce the potatoes with a fork many times (this allows for air to escape while cooking).
  • Bake the potatoes in the oven on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil for 50-60 minutes, flipping every 20 minutes (or in microwave).
  • Meanwhile, chop broccoli head into florets and slice turkey into smaller pieces.
  • About 10 minutes before your potatoes are to be taken out of the oven, heat cooking spray in a skillet over medium heat. Add broccoli, garlic, and a dash of lemon juice and cook for about 2-3 minutes until starting to soften. Then add turkey, salt, pepper, thyme, and red pepper flakes. Stir frequently for about 3-4 minutes, until broccoli is tender and turkey is crispy on the edges. Remove from pan.
  • OPTIONAL: About 2 minutes before potatoes are finished, remove them from the oven and cut lengthwise (I usually make a few perpendicular cuts as well since I like extra cheese). Break apart cheese slices (generally one per potato) and lay on potato. Bake until cheese is melted 1-2 minutes and remove from oven. I usually add a bit of spice to the potatoes as well (salt, pepper, garlic salt, thyme, red pepper flakes).
  • Serve altogether on a plate with your favorite condiments (ketchup and sriracha are my go to).
  • Enjoy!

 

 

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