Saturday, October 3, 2009

Leftover Mixup: Reviving a Chinese Dinner


On shopping night, I got a supermarket Chinese dinner. I ate a little of it when I got home, then put it in the fridge.

The next day, I thought it would make a great lunch. Usually, the rice dries out and I wanted to try something to moisten it up. I then remembered some juice from a can of Mandarin oranges I saved. I didn't know what I'd use it for, but something told me to save it. I bet it would taste great with my orange chicken and rice.

In my mini crock pot, I put the rice in, the chicken, then the frozen juice on top. I put the lid on and put it on high for a couple of hours.

It turned out great! Adding a pat of butter to the rice was delightful! Usually, when I reheat it, the rice is really dry and I try hydrating it after I heat it up. Pre-hydrating (lol) worked great!

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Emily October 4, 2009 at 5:14 AM

That looks really good and what a great idea to freeze the left-over juice! Thanks for sharing with us! :)

Martha October 4, 2009 at 6:15 AM

Leftovers rock! I almost always make enough one night to create several different meals from over the next couple days - sometimes the leftovers meals are better than the first time around :-)

Heather S-G October 4, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Nice!!! What a fabulous idea. I love orange chicken, I'm drooling over here. Thanks for bringing it to Simple Saturdays this week :D

Andrea October 4, 2009 at 8:54 PM

Great idea! I need to consider saving the juice from the cans of fruit like that, if we don't end up drinking it all.

Sherry October 5, 2009 at 7:24 PM

What a great and simple idea to revise leftovers!

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