The Forgotten Food: Fried Rice

I made brown rice Sunday…and made WAYYY too much of it, hoping I would eat it all week. It’s Wednesday, and I’m over it. Forgotten Food Challenge Time!

Here’s meal #4 in my Forgotten Food | A Meal series. Come here, soy sauce. You’re up!

The Forgotten Food: Fried Rice


  • 1 Cup of cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 of an onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 egg
  • A few slices of ham, chopped (also leftover)
  • A few shakes of soy sauce

I mean, you can’t go wrong with this. This meal is not on any diet anywhere, but sometimes you just need to have something bad! I sauteed the onions and butter in my pan first, then dumped my already cooked rice in and stirred for about 4 minutes until the rice was pretty warm. I added the ham next. Then, I pushed the mixture to the sides of the pan, and fried the egg in the middle.

Last but not least, shake a little soy sauce into the pan and boom. Dinner!

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The Forgotten Food: Taco Leftovers

Ok – I think I have been doing a little better with my leftovers than I had originally thought. But, here’s meal #3 in my Forgotten Food | A Meal challenge. Again, it’s incredibly easy!

The Forgotten Food: Beef Tacos

Who doesn’t love tacos? But, after I had them for two meals, it was time to change it up. So, I opted to be a little healthier and make a taco salad.


  • I Love Baby Kale | Organic Girls Salad (or your favorite)
  • One Fresh Tomato
  • Leftover Ground Beef with Mexican seasoning
  • Leftover Corn
  • Leftover Black Beans
  • Leftover Tacos – broken into pieces
  • Monterey Jack Cheese – shredded
  • Salsa

I washed and cut up my baby kale mixed salad in my bowl, and then sprinkled the diced tomato on top. I heated up the meat, corn and black beans before sprinkling them on top. Then, I added a few taco pieces, and then topped it off with some cheese and salsa.



The Forgotten Meal: Pizza Night

Last night, all I wanted was a pizza.

Do you guys ever get those cravings? I just wanted some tomatoes and cheese and bread. I had one leftover Italian sausage patty, and crumbling it up on my pizza sounded delicious!

They are also the easiest things to make too!


Pizza crust
– Olive oil
– Diced tomatoes
– Green peppers
– Leftover Italian sausage
– Mozzarella cheese
– Parmesan cheese

Drizzle a little olive oil on your dough, and get to work layering. There was no method to my madness, except to put the cheese as the last layer on top! I just scattered the toppings all over.

Put your masterpiece in the oven for about 10 mins, and you have a meal!


The Forgotten Food | Jim & Nicks Biscuits

Ok – here’s my first recipe to meet this challenge of The Forgotten Food | A Meal. It’s incredibly easy, but it still counts!

The Forgotten Food: Jim & Nicks Biscuits

These biscuits are only one of the best appetizers out there. I can down about 50 of these in a sitting, but for some surprising reason, I had some left over! This morning, I was craving a fried egg sandwich, however, there was absolutely no bread to be found in this apartment. I opened my fridge defeated and settling for milk and cereal when there they were on the top shelf – staring at me. Why not use them? And just like that, a forgotten food meal was born.


  • Two Fresh Eggs
  • Three Leftover Jim & Nicks cheese biscuits
  • Sprinkle of Salt

I threw the biscuits in the microwave and heated up my frying pan. All in all this meal took  about a 7 minutes. And voila – a new way to eat the biscuits AND my belly is full! I don’t get any points for presentation here, as I tried to cook my eggs too quickly and one yolk busted up before it was done. Devastating. BUT, I can assure you that it tasted fantastic.

A little bit of sweet with my eggs was just right.

The Forgotten Food | A Meal

I love to cook.

Big, daring meals. Fattening, wholesome meals. I also fall prey to healthy and organic kicks, and maybe even a juice craze from time to time. While it’s all fun, I’ve noticed two habitual trends that I have developed.

I over – buy.

There, I have said it! The problem starts in the grocery store.  I make lists, but I always somehow fill up my gargantuan grocery cart. Even if I grab a little basket, I’m panting and switching arms going down the aisles because I’ve maxed it out on space and weight.

I am obviously terrible at meal planning and/or portion control!

Then, I always seem to cook way too much rice, have leftover chicken for DAYS, went a little too happy with a buy one get one deal, etc. And there it is, staring at me every time I open the fridge or pantry.

Or, if I really love something, I might just eat 90% of it, leaving behind only remnants of yumminess lingering in the sides of my dish. But, so now what do I do with these leftovers? Leave them in my fridge until I finally have to toss them? Continue to push them back in my pantry until they are hiding from my site? Who wants to eat the same thing for 3 dinners straight. Not this girl!

I hate wasting food. I’m a faithful member at the clean plate club – maybe because I don’t like to be wasteful or maybe because I hate seeing dollars going in the trash can. But, there is only so many times a girl can ENJOY a meal she’s had every night this week.

So, I’m challenging myself to one night a week to make something from my leftovers. I’m calling it – The Forgotten Food: A Meal. One meal that I cook that week HAS to have some leftovers in it – whether it be food forgotten in the fridge or pushed back in the pantry. Maybe I was in a hurry in the grocery store, and don’t have everything I need for my meal, so I have to get a little creative.  Maybe I have some left over Mac and Cheese that I’ve eaten every night that week, and it’s time to change it up. It may be made from a microwave, oven or stove top, but it has to be a meal made from things I already have. Y’all have to hold me to it!

Let’s see what I can create! This should be interesting!