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Delightful Dinner From Leftovers

Done with your meal? What happens to the leftover portions not eaten? Do they get consumed later or do they sit in the fridge until they start to smell and finally tossed? With the present economy using leftovers is the most sensible thing to do. This saves time and when done right, yields easy, pleasing meals for your family. Leftovers usually do not sound good, but with good planning multiple meals can result from the effort of preparing for one. Let me show you some examples.

Pork Loin and Rice

You had a good roasted pork loin and rice for dinner and there is some of everything remaining. You don't want to serve the same thing for dinner the following night so the pork loin get pushed to the back of the refrigerator.
That's what usually happens. Not anymore! Eating leftovers the way they were originally served, can easily turn family members off. Let's use some originality to keep that pork loin from going to waste and having an interesting and healthy meal.

Chop the pork loin up into bite size pieces. In a large skillet or wok, stir mixed vegetables (use a bag of a frozen vegetables as a quick alternative), an egg and the chopped pork loin. Add the leftover rice (or if there's not enough left over rice, make a new batch), with a little soy sauce and other seasonings to make pork fried rice. Now you have a whole new dinner for your hungry family.
This is just one way of turning leftover into a new and flavourful dish. The same can be done using chicken, seafood or beef.


Leftover hamburgers for dinner can be chopped so they would appear like ground beef once more. The meat can be combined with chilli powder and taco sauce to make beef tacos. Or simply combine it with sauce, tomatoes, chopped peppers and beans to have a pot of chilli.

Just be creative and imaginative and you can find so many ways of turning dinner leftovers into a flavourful and delightful dishes. Now you can have not only one meal for a day but several meals for the week making dinner easier. Sometimes you can prepare dishes on the weekend when you have more time, and put them in the freezer to be pulled out for a quick dinner. You don't have to have the same thing all week but can switch things around with different side dishes combined with leftovers from the main course that looks different.

Surely your family will be surprised in your ability to have different meals during the week that are both good and easy. Besides that, you will save money on your grocery bill by making things go further and not having to throw spoiled foods in the trash. After all, we always think of our family's health and contentment when it comes to food.It is never enough reason that we lack the budget so our family can enjoy dinner everyday. So, try these ideas and add some on your own to please the appetite of your family.


How Long Can Ordered Pizza Sit Out?

As every college student knows, pizza never goes bad. After all, you can leave it sitting out all night, eat a slice for breakfast, and head to class, right? Well, the good news is that most of today's college students either have incredibly strong immune systems or are incredibly lucky, because this is not true. Pizza take out has limits as to how long it can set out and still be decent to eat. The meat, cheese, and sauce on a pizza can all grow dangerous bacteria if left at room temperature too long. Here are some guidelines to use with ordered pizza when storing it for a later meal.

Remember, Pizza Is Perishable!

Some foods are considered non-perishable, but pizza is not one of them. If you leave it out too long and then eat it, you can get sick. Pizza has meat and cheese on it, and these can harbor dangerous bacteria, including Staphylococcus, Salmonella, and E. Coli.

Most pizzas contain trace amounts of these bacteria, but these low amounts are not dangerous. As long as the pizza is kept either hot or cold, it is fine to eat. However, when it is left a room temperature for too long, the bacteria begin to grow, soon reaching dangerous levels that can cause severe illness. The dangerous temperatures are 40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the range that normal room temperature falls in, so leaving the pizza out makes it dangerous, if not deadly.

Understanding the Two-Hour Rule

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), any food, whether hot or cold, that has been left at room temperature for two hours or longer needs to be thrown out. If the temperature is above 90, such as at an outdoor picnic on a hot day, the food needs to be thrown out after just one hour. The best temperature for hot foods is any temperature that is over 140 degrees. Cold foods need to be kept at a temperature of 40 degrees or less.

Keep in mind that your pizza may not arrive at the right temperature. If you transported the pizza yourself or the delivery driver had a long route to take, the temperature could have dropped below 140 degrees before you even started eating it. Use a food thermometer to determine the temperature of the pizza. If it is below 140 degrees, do not leave it out for the two-hour maximum. It has already cooled below the ideal temperature, allowing the harmful bacteria to grow.

Storage Tips for Pizza

If you know that you will need to have the pizza available for longer than two hours, use your oven to keep it above 140 degrees. Put the oven's temperature setting on "keep warm" or a similar choice, and leave the pizza in its cardboard box in the oven. The pizza box will not burn at this temperature, but you will be able to keep the pizza safe.

When you are done with the pizza, store it in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Many people like to store the pizza in its cardboard box. While this is fine health-wise, it can cause the pizza to dry out faster. You can also freeze the pizza. Pizza stored in the refrigerator is typically good for three or four days. You can keep it in the freezer for up to two months.

So the next time you are at a party and are reaching for that now-cold piece of pizza, remember that it is a prime place for dangerous bacteria to grow. If you are the host of the party, keep your guests safe by putting the pizza away after two hours. Remember, you may have eaten left-out pizza in the past, but every time you do, you are playing with fire. Protect yourself by handling your take out safely every time!


Ten Healthy Eating Tips For Today's Busy People

Eating healthy can be difficult, especially if you are a person who is constantly on the run. Today, more than ever, people are finding it necessary to try to maneuver around busy schedules, while still maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The busier you are, the more difficult this is, but it is not an impossible fete. Because you are on the go, it is extremely important to give proper attention to eating as healthy as possible. Below are ten tips that will help get you pointed in the right direction.

Eat a variety of nutrient-rich foods. You need over 40 different nutrients for good health, and no single food will supply them all.

Eat plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. There is a wide variety out there from which to choose, so you should have no problem finding some you like.

Maintain a healthy weight. Your appropriate weight will depend on many different factors such as body type, size, your height, gender, and heredity. This is very important for maintaining good health, and is easy to ignore when you are constantly on the go.

Eat food in moderate portions. If you keep portion sizes to this level, you will be able to maintain a good weight. You will also get used to eating those portions.

Eat meals on a regular basis. When you are on the go, it is easy to skip meals, or substitute eating healthy foods for fast food.

Reduce certain foods instead of eliminating them altogether. Elimination is why many diets do not work. Here, people often cut out certain foods altogether in order to lose weight. Once they have lost the desired amount of weight, they assume their previous eating habits, which only results in subsequent weight gain. By eliminating certain foods, you also runt he risk of not getting important nutrients.

Balance your food choices over time. Not ever food must be perfect, but you want to create a balance that will help you get the food groups you need, while helping to cut back on unwanted fats or sugar. This does not mean you should eliminate them altogether.

Know your diet pitfalls. Before you can identify what is wrong with your eating habits, you must first identify them. To do this, write down everything you eat over a three-day period. Then, compare what you ate with what you should be eating. This will help you figure out where you are going wrong.

Make changes gradually. Revamping your diet habits is a process that is accomplished over time, not overnight.

Keep in mind that foods are not necessarily good or bad. When selecting foods, do so with your total eating patterns in mind, not on whether or not an individual food is "good" or "bad".


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