Hi everyone! Confession: My kids won’t eat leftovers. Anyone else feel my pain? Life would be a lot easier if I could make one big batch of something and we would have dinner for at least a few nights. Right? But no, that’s not how we roll. Alrighty then, time to think outside the box. TQ: “Mom!” “What’s for dinner?” My reply: “Loaded layered fries” TQ: “Great!” (even though he had no idea what that meant and quite frankly neither did I) It sounds good doesn’t it? Who wouldn’t want a plate of fries for dinner.
Interestingly, I had planned leftover sloppy joes for dinner that evening. The oven baked fries were supposed to make the meal more exciting in the hopes they wouldn’t notice it was the second night of sloppy joe in a week. I admit, I panicked when I heard “Mom, what’s for dinner.” I knew leftover sloppy joe was going yield groans.
Time for a pep talk
Com’on, I’m creative, figure something out…. Heck, I stuff potatoes with my sloppy joe, why not top some french fries. Yes, something they have never seen before, possible winner idea. Seriously, this is a great leftover meal idea! I pulled out the leftover sloppy joe meat, some leftover corn. Grate some fresh cheddar and a quick and easy meal is all ready to go.
This couldn’t be easier
Purchase freezer fries and have them ready to go in the freezer for quick sides. Look for fries that have no additives or spices that may not agree with sensitive systems. Bake at 400 degrees until golden brown – usually about 20 minutes. Heat up the leftover ground meat, and veggies. I used corn, but this would be good with beans, cauliflower, eggplant or any shredded green (which I add to every meal). And my sloppy joe meat usually has some finely shredded greens (like spinach) and red pepper to the mix. Kids have to eat their veggies! Grate up some cheddar cheese or cheese of choice.
Ready, set, layer!
Once the fries are browned nicely in the oven you are ready to assemble. Start with a layer of the fries on the plate. Next, top the fries with some sloppy joe meat or ground meat. Follow that with some veggie. Pile on some cheese to melt. That becomes gooey and yummy in between the fries and toppings. To be honest, my photos would look better if I had fresh herbs chopped on top. I would recommend topping with a little fresh parsley, but it wasn’t in my fridge tonight. Woohoo – dinner served! The kids were dazzled!
What do you think? What will you layer? I would love some new ideas! Let me know!