What To Do With Your Leftovers From The Fourth

Now that the celebration of our nation’s birth is at an end, I find myself staring at a ton of leftovers: half of a watermelon, tortilla corn chips, hamburger patties, cowboy beans, and pico de gallo. Do I want to eat this again tonight? Nope! I must confess I ate way too much of it last night and need a break from it or a way to reinvent it. Here are a couple of different uses of my leftovers. Feel free to share your inventive ways as well.

Pico de Gallo Tuna Salad

A typical tuna salad uses hard-boiled eggs, relish, and mayo. This one has tomato, onion, jalapeno, and cilantro.

1 packet or can of tuna packed in water

1/4 – 1/2 cup of leftover pico, depending upon your taste

2-3 Tbsp. light mayo

1-2 servings of leftover tortilla corn chip scoops

Mix pico, mayo, and tuna together.  and scoop up with tortilla chips. Yes, it’s that easy! Dump, mix, eat!

Watermelon Salsa

For this next recipe,  I had limes, onion, peppers, and cilantro leftover from the pico. I also had lots of watermelon and a mango. Viola! A sweet salsa was born. I served it over grilled pork chops with coconut rice. Surprisingly, all the flavors worked well together.

2 cups of peeled, seeded, & cubed watermelon

1 cup peeled, diced mango

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, & minced

1/2 large diced sweet onion

1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro

2 Tbsp. lime juice

1/2-3/4 tsp. salt, depending on personal taste

Stir ingredients together. Cover and chill one hour. Serve with fish or pork.


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