Leftovers? Make "Mongolian barbecue" at home
There is a Mongolian barbecue chain of restaurants near us that my kids just love. My middle one, especially. Not only does he ask to go there at least once a week, but he asks to recreate the
experience at home. When leftovers in the fridge reach a certain critical mass, I'm game. It's a great way to use up leftovers - and sometimes the results are more exciting than the original meal.
At any given time in my fridge, there are snippets of veggies and pasta and usually a meat or two leftover from a meal. In addition, there are always barbecue sauces, marinades and so on. I might
need to prepare one or two items for this particular leftover meal, but that effort typically is minimal. I find that the kids often eat better on these nights, too - more veggies get into them,
and there is less complaining about one meal element or another. Mealtime is quite fun!
I also like to do this on nights my husband is working late. Unless you have a very large griddle, it can be hard to do more than one or two meals at a time, and therefore actually sit down all
together. Here is our rendition of Mongolian BBQ - use it as a guide and take advantage of the leftovers you have in your
Mongolian Barbecue night
Gather whatever you have!
Slices of beef
Slices par-cooked chicken
Chunks of fresh fish, shrimp or other seafood
Suggested veggies and fruits:
Cooked Udon noodles
Cooked pasta shapes
Sweet and sour sauce
1. Have everybody gather their ingredients in a bowl from selections you have set out, and have plates ready.
2. On a large griddle or in a frying pan, heat a small amount of oil over medium high heat.
3. One person at a time, cook their ingredients, stirring occasionally. A little caramelization on the edges of the veggies makes the experience more realistic.
4. When the meats are about done, add in the sauce over the top. Stir around a bit and serve. Then repeat until everyone has a "Mongolian Barbecue" meal.
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