Pork Puff Pastry Pockets - How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Pork Puff Pastry Pockets

These Pork Puff Pastry Pockets feature ground pork and onion plus gravy and cheese, all wrapped in flaky pastry. They’re a delicious way to reimagine leftovers.

Pork Puff Pastry Pockets - How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

It’s Boxing Day here in the UK, and I still haven’t exactly figured out what that means other than most people get the day off, and all the shops have early morning sales in the style of American Black Friday. For me, it’s yet another excuse to stay in my pajamas all day, but with the added bonus that I don’t have to cook because the fridge is groaning with leftovers.

Of course, this year we’re away for Christmas, so it’s not my kitchen. It’s strange not to have any responsibilities. For some reason, I can’t seem to just relax and enjoy it. Maybe it’s because I’m a crazy control freak. Maybe it’s just because I’m mildly obsessed with cooking and hosting. I actually really like it. It’s not in my nature to just be a guest. I’m old and set in my ways.

Pork Puff Pastry Pockets - How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Because of my obsession with cooking and testing new recipes, trying to figure out how to use random leftovers has become a bit of a game. Quite often we just throw stuff in the microwave and eat it again exactly as is. But occasionally I make things like Pork & Onion Hand Pies, and then I have just ground pork with onions hanging around in my fridge. This time, I wanted to take my leftovers in a slightly different direction. That’s how these Pork Puff Pastry Pockets were born.

I’m going to share the recipe for what we’ve actually eaten, but I also hope this inspires you to just grab things from your fridge, stick them inside a sheet of store-bought puff pastry, and have an automatically awesome dinner. There are few things in life that can’t be improved with puff pastry. Serve it with some steamed veg and a bit of extra gravy for a quick and tasty dinner.

Pork Puff Pastry Pockets - How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

If you want to save yourself even more time, you can easily cook up the pork and onion ahead of time. Even mix in the gravy and cheese, and stash it in the fridge until you’re ready to wrap and bake. Bake all four at once, or two now and two later. Or use half the pork mixture for something else, like homemade pork pies. There are so many possibilities.

So if you’re staring down a fridge full of leftovers right now, give them new life. Pork Puff Pastry Pockets are just the beginning. Happy eating, friends. It’s gonna be awesome.

Don’t forget to share your creations on Instagram. Tag me or use the hashtag #awesomeon20. I love seeing what you’ve made.

Leftover Turkey Enchiladas | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Leftover Turkey Enchiladas

Leftover Turkey Enchiladas are an excellent way to transform your leftover turkey into something completely different and completely delicious. Bonus, they’re super simple to make.

Leftover Turkey Enchiladas | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I think this might be the time of year when I get most homesick for America. I wake up to a Thursday just like any other day, knowing that all over the country, people are taking a day off work to prepare a feast with their families. While they’re all prepping pies and side dishes, filling their homes with enticing smells, I’m sitting at my computer. Instead of friends and family, I’m spending my day with teenagers who would rather be anywhere else than stuck with me.

My first Thanksgiving living abroad was particularly tough. I lived in Taiwan and was totally alone. That evening, I took myself to The Early Bird Diner, an American diner that was a refuge to the expat community. I ordered a turkey and bacon melt and a Sprite. It might have been the loneliest sandwich I’ve ever eaten.

Since then I’ve created my own traditions, and on Saturday, I’ll be hosting my own feast for some of the people I love here in Scotland. It will be amazing, but I’ll still feel a little sad watching all of you digging in to your turkey dinner on Instagram.

Leftover Turkey Enchiladas | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

By the time I’m having my Thanksgiving meal, you could already be making these Leftover Turkey Enchiladas. Because let’s be honest, there are only so many turkey sandwiches you can really eat. Pretty much anything you can make with chicken can also be make with turkey, so you might as well take your leftovers in a completely different direction.

These enchiladas are cheesy and spicy and warming. They’re also totally kid-friendly with no obnoxious hidden veggies to crunch between your teeth and ruin your life. Yes, I still eat like a child most of the time. It’s real life. You can accompany these enchiladas with beans and rice or a fresh salad if you prefer. Whatever you do, just make and eat these with your leftover turkey this year.

Leftover Turkey Enchiladas | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Thanksgiving is my favorite time of year. Keep the happiness going with these Leftover Turkey Enchiladas. It’s gonna be awesome.

Find the original Picky Eater Chicken Enchiladas here.

Spaghetti Quesadilla | How to be Awesome n $20 a Day

Spaghetti Quesadilla

Spaghetti Quesadilla | How to be Awesome n $20 a Day

Real talk. My life is super boring. I’ve barely left my house this week because I’ve been obsessively watching every Olympic thing ever. I’m not embarrassed. I’m quite content to sit in front of my tv with some pizza and watch some fencing. What’s really got me stressed out about it is this new Instagram Story nonsense.

I mean, it’s hard enough to make your life look constantly perfect in photos. Now I have to keep up with Snapchat (see my boring life at awesomeon20) and put up a constant stream of dreamy video and photos throughout the day on Instagram? I’m kinda mad at it. What do you guys think of Instagram stories? Do you prefer Snapchat? Tell me in the comments which one you’re most into.

Spaghetti Quesadilla | How to be Awesome n $20 a Day

I’m revealing another bit of my boring life with this “dish.” I frequently make spaghetti with jarred pasta sauce. I don’t care. I like it. But my real secret agenda is to eat leftover spaghetti sandwiches. I toast some regular sandwich bread, spread it with butter, sprinkle on a dash of garlic powder, and then pile on some heated up leftover spaghetti. Fold that whole thing over taco style, and stick it in your face. It’s the best.

Then I thought, what if you take this a step further, add some mozzarella cheese, and stuff it all in a tortilla? It was just as awesome as I hoped it would be. It’s a fun way to use up leftovers without just eating the same thing over and over again. The creamy mozzarella goes all gooey, and the tortilla goes a bit crispy. The whole thing is pretty dang great.

Spaghetti Quesadilla | How to be Awesome n $20 a Day

I still have some leftover spaghetti. I’m going to make myself another Spaghetti Quesadilla right now. Should I put it on Instagram Story or Snapchat? Life is tough. Let’s just eat.

 

Spaghetti Quesadilla
Serves 1
An awesome way to use up leftovers, this Spaghetti Quesadilla is cheesy, crunchy, and super tasty.
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
8 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
8 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon oil
  2. 1 cup leftover spaghetti
  3. 1 flour tortilla
  4. 1/4 cup (or more) shredded mozzarella
Instructions
  1. Put a large skillet over medium low heat and add your oil to preheat. If you happen to have some garlic oil in your pantry, I think that would be really nice here.
  2. Heat up your spaghetti in the microwave for about a minute so that it's hot when it goes into the tortilla.
  3. Put your tortilla on a plate and spread half your cheese on one half of the tortilla. Use as much cheese as you like. I'm not gonna judge.
  4. Spread your warm spaghetti over the first layer of cheese, and then scatter the remaining cheese on top of that. You want one half of the tortilla to be layered with cheese, spaghetti, and then more cheese to create the glue once you fold over the the empty side of your tortilla.
  5. Carefully transfer your quesadilla to the hot pan and cook for three to four minutes per side until it's as brown and toasty as you like.
  6. Carefully transfer your now gooey quesadilla to a cutting board and cut into triangles. Eat and be awesome.
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Kalua Pig Mac and Cheese from Awesome on 20

Kalua Pig Mac and Cheese

Kalua Pig Mac and Cheese from Awesome on 20

Aloha awesome friends! Did you know that tomorrow is pasta day? I promise to always give you plenty of excuses to eat awesomely!

In Hawaiian families, if there’s a celebration, there’s gotta be kalua pig. That’s the Hawaiian version of bbq pulled pork. Traditionally, it’s cooked in the ground, but Grandpa Bob only let Grandma Onie dig a giant hole in the backyard for very special occasions. Most of the time, you can make it in your own oven. There are basically two ingredients: pork and salt. Of course, if it’s Hawaiian sea salt, that makes it a million times better.

I still don’t have the recipe for my grandma’s kalua pig. Maybe someday somebody will actually write it down for me. But I swear, hers is the best. And she never ever fails to make way too much. I could eat this stuff slapped on a Hawaiian roll with a bit of barbecue sauce for the rest of my life, but sometimes it’s fun to make leftovers a little more exciting.

Kalua Pig Mac and Cheese from Awesome on 20

Kalua Pig Mac and Cheese is completely insane. The salty pork blends perfectly with the extra gooey cheese sauce. There’s a tiny hint of spicy sweetness from just a little barbecue sauce. And the extra awesome bit is that you’ll have leftovers of your leftovers. I halved the recipe this time, and we still ate this for three days.

It doesn’t have to be kalua pig. If you don’t live on the islands, you can use your favorite Southern bbq recipe. And it doesn’t have to be homemade pulled pork, either. Sometimes you can’t wait around for that special occasion to get your cheesy pig fix.

Kalua Pig Mac and Cheese from Awesome on 20

This dish is not for the faint of heart, but if you’re ready for hard core indulgence and seriously ono grindz, you’ve gotta try kalua pig mac and cheese. Now!

Kalua Pig Mac & Cheese
Serves 6
Salty kalua pig mixed with extra gooey mac and cheese is so ono!
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Total Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 8 ounces short pasta
  2. 1/2 tablespoon butter
  3. 1/2 tablespoon flour
  4. 3/4 cup milk (I used skim and it was plenty rich)
  5. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  7. 4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  8. 4 ounces shredded swiss cheese
  9. 1 ounce grated parmesan cheese
  10. 4 ounces kalua pig
  11. 1/8 cup barbecue sauce
Instructions
  1. Boil pasta in plenty of salted water according to package directions.
  2. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter, then sprinkle the flour over it to create a roux. Whisk butter and flour together into a paste and allow to cook for a couple of minutes.
  3. Slowly whisk in the milk. Try to prevent lumps. Add garlic powder and cayenne. Let it thicken until it just starts to bubble.
  4. Stir in the cheese and mix until smooth. Remove from heat.
  5. Stir kalua pig and barbecue sauce together in a small bowl.
  6. After you've drained your pasta, return it to the pot. Pour over the cheese sauce and stir to combine. Fold in kalua pig mixture. You can add pepper if you like, but taste it before adding any salt. You may not need it since the pig is so salty.
  7. Go ahead and unbutton your pants before you even get started.
Adapted from Healthy Delicious
Adapted from Healthy Delicious
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