What's more "real life" than leftovers? :) My life off line includes a lot of leftovers AND making simple (usually also cheap) ingredients go a long way.
Since this past weekend here was frigid, I did what any self respecting Appalachian-dwelling woman should do ... I made a large pot of chili, heavy on the beans. :) I'll admit that the chili wasn't award winning, but it was the leftovers-inspired creation that got the rave reviews!
On Saturday I took store brand crescent rolls and wrapped each one inside a muffin tin I had sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. I put in a couple of spoonfuls of my less-than-stellar-chili and topped it with a generous clump of Monterrey Jack/Cheddar mixed cheese. I popped those cups in the oven at 375 for 12 and a half minutes, and called them "Crescent Roll Chili Cups!"
The family gobbled them up for lunch, and a certain bottomless pit of a teen boy asked if I would make another batch. I did what any real, self respecting Appalachian-dwelling woman would do ... I made another batch and smiled as my boy gobbled them up!
That's what's going on off line in my kitchen. What's happening in yours?