This week is going to be all about breathing new life into our Easter Brunch leftovers. Each year we host Easter Brunch for both our families which means quite a few people in our home (this year the number was around 30) and a lot of food.
Part of the Easter Brunch offerings
We always seem to have tons of leftovers despite my best attempts to send home extras with family members as they leave.
Since I typically use a large chunk of our grocery budget on Easter Brunch (mostly on those panicked “we’re not going to have enough food!” last-minute trips to the store. Someday I’ll learn, right?), the week following Easter Brunch is all about living on the leftovers. Don’t worry we don’t eat Easter Brunch for dinner for an entire week. I mix the leftovers in with our regular menu. I also put some of the leftovers in the freezer.
We do also eat brunch leftovers for breakfast for a few days though. I just had a lovely breakfast of leftover sausage bake and a few mini Robin eggs candy for dessert. What? You don’t eat dessert for breakfast? You are missing out! Here is our menu plan for the week and what or how I’m using leftovers as part of the meals:
MONDAY: Spaghetti and Meatballs using extra bread leftovers for garlic toast and apricot nectar cake leftovers will be dessert (or Easter candy, of course)
TUESDAY: Chicken strips (leftover buttermilk), broccoli and carrots (leftovers from the veggie tray I bought in a panic and forgot to set out!)
WEDNESDAY: BBQ sandwiches made from leftover brisket (I may end up preparing a roast in the crock-pot as well to do a combo type thing so we can then, freeze those leftovers as well), chips (another brunch item that I completely forgot to set out this year. I’m slipping!), and leftover strawberry shortcake doughnut muffins for dessert.
THURSDAY: Pancakes and sausage or bacon plus fresh fruit (Yes, I am putting breakfast for dinner on the menu this week. Hopefully, my family will forgive me). We bought extra bacon and sausage for the brunch dishes but ended up with leftovers.
FRIDAY: Hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill. No leftovers used for this one. It just sounds good.
We hit the fast food places quite a bit more than I intended last week despite having a plan. Hopefully, we’ll get back on track to eating a bit healthier this week. Now, if some one would be so kind as to take my hand and gently lead me away from the Easter candy. Perhaps, I should have put Easter candy casserole on the menu so it would be gone. (Note: This is not the boys’ candy. It is candy leftover from table decor and an egg hunt we did for all the kids.)
What is on your menu this week? If you need some inspiration, be sure to go check out Menu Plan Monday over at I’m An Organizing Junkie where hundreds of bloggers link up their menu plans each week.