Seven tasty meals from one pork loin? Stretching your meat for several meals is a great way to stick to your budget and feed your family real food! Plus a list of leftover pork roast recipes! Don’t forget to try maple-glazed pork chops and hemp and herb-crusted pork chops.
I don’t know about you, but for me, the less cooking and grocery shopping I have to do for a busy week, the better. Especially with our homestead and school in full swing and our schedules becoming fuller by the nanosecond.
On top of a busy schedule, we still have to feed our families and stay on a budget.
So, how is it possible to keep your sanity and still serve your family wholesome meals that are made with real food in real kitchens and on a limited budget? I have two simple solutions for you:
- The Slow Cooker
- Stretching Your Meat
The Slow Cooker
Can we say time-saver?! The slow cooker is an all-around time saver and kitchen helper.
- From homemade chicken stock to baking bread, and beans from scratch, there’s frequently something in my slow cooker! But one of my favorite uses is of course to cook once and eat several times. Can I get an Amen?
- My second tip is something that you may not have much experience with, but once I teach you this trick, you will feel like a rock star! And I will save you hours in the kitchen.
Stretching One Pork Roast
Think about the word stretch for a minute. You can stretch your time, stretch your wallet AND stretch your energy, all by stretching your meat!
Here’s my simple trick:
- Whatever meat happens to be on sale or calling my name from my freezer, I feature in as many recipes and in as many ways as I can throughout the week.
- In this post, I’m featuring the pork loin, which happens to go on a great sale at all of my local stores. Pork shoulder works here too! (You don’t eat pork? All of these recipes I am sharing with you can be subbed out for boneless, skinless chicken.)
- I start with a pork roast that is about 5 1/2 pounds (this does not have to be exact!).
- Then, I take the huge piece of meat over to the meat counter and very sweetly ask my butcher to cut the pork for me. (Yes, they will do this for you, no charge!)
- I ask the butcher to cut it into 2 equal pieces.
- Then I finish my run to the grocery store, feeling satisfied that my dinners for the week are as easy as throwing a few things into the crock-pot – with a few extra dollars left in my wallet.
So back to the meat and the meal planning. I do not plan on feeding my family a simple pork roast every night. NO WAY! Not in my house! My children may not complain about eating the same food every day (as long as it was something they love), but I, on the other hand, would.
I like variety and flavor. So we are going to turn that pork into two amazing, mouth-watering creations that are incredibly delicious and can be transformed into so many amazing dishes throughout the week. Your taste buds won’t believe you’re eating on a time constraint and budget! *These portions are based on 4 generous servings per meal.
7 Leftover Pork Roast Recipes
Dinner #1: BBQ Pulled Pork with Creamy Coleslaw (Instant Pot Meal)
Oh, how I love a good barbecue sandwich. But let me tell you it is truly taken over the top by throwing some slaw up on top of that sandwich.
You may use up a few extra napkins with this meal, but it is well worth it! Before allowing your whole family to inhale the entire batch of BBQ, pack away about 2 pounds of the cooked meat. Use leftover pulled pork later use in the week to make new meals. (I love these glass storage containers for leftovers!)
Money Saving Tip: Buy one large head of cabbage to shred yourself. Use half the cabbage for the coleslaw and save the other half for the Mexican slaw later in the week.
Dinner #2: Mexican Carnitas with Slaw (Slow Cooker)
I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love this pork recipe…carnitas… or tacos… whatever you call them!! The meat is so juicy and so flavorful and perfectly seasoned.
Topped with crunchy lime slaw, these pork carnitas become an eruption of flavor and texture in every bite. Again, be sure to set aside about half of this meat mixture for later in the week.
Note: If you’re following along, you’ll notice that you’ve used your crock pot to cook each half of the pork loin, for two separate meals. From here on out, you’re using leftover roast pork to cover the remaining five meals.
Dinner #3: BBQ Pork Pizza
Dinner #4: Mexican Shredded Pork Bowl
You are now about to embark on a mission of morphing. By morphing, I mean you are going to take your leftover pork and transform it into something new and amazing!
- The Mexican Carnitas you had in meal two will now become the base for this amazing Mexican pulled pork stew. I love to serve it over white rice as a “Mexican Shredded Pork Bowl.”
- However, if a rice bowl is not your thing, add extra black beans and a few cups of chicken stock to the recipe and you have a hearty soup that you can top with shredded cheese, a squeeze of lime, and a few homemade tortilla chips.
Either way, you will have a completely new and satisfying meal! And this new creation makes such a large dish that it will be enough for your family to have two dinners from it! Be sure to save half of it!
Dinner #5: Baked Potato Bar
One of my family’s favorite BBQ restaurants features a loaded baked potato piled high with any pulled meat of your choice, butter, cheese, scallions, sour cream, bacon, and of course barbecue sauce. I adore this restaurant creation.
The best part about it – it is SO EASY to create at home.
- In the morning, I scrub either sweet potatoes or russet potatoes (or a combination of the two) and wrap them in foil. I place them back in my good old slow cooker and set them on low.
- In eight hours, you will have the most tender potatoes! When they’re cool enough to handle, pull them out of the slow cooker and load them up! I prefer to use leftover pork on top of a sweet potato with leftover pork and some sharp cheddar cheese and serve it with a salad.
That is perfection in simplicity in my opinion. My hubby, however, prefers butter, bacon, and chopped onions along with his meat and cheese. Guess what? The options are endless and the choice is yours.
The potatoes are ready, the meat is sitting in the fridge. Just use whatever else you have in your kitchen! Note: If you forget to get your potatoes in the slow cooker in the morning (who does that?!), try one of these quick and easy ways to bake potatoes!
Dinner #6: Easy Pork Nachos
Remember that Mexican Pork Bowl you made on meal four? The one where you set half of it aside?
- Pull out the leftovers and heat up that Mexican stew.
- Pour it generously onto tortilla chips and throw some additional cheese on the “stew.”
- Melt the cheese under the broiler or in the microwave, and then top it with your favorite taco toppings like lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and diced onions. Now you have delicious pork nachos!
Dinner #7: Clean out the fridge!
You did it – you have created 6 delicious meals to feed your family! And it was pretty easy, wasn’t it?
So for the final night of the week, take a look at your fridge. My advice is to set out all the leftovers and let your family go to town. If you are pretty cleaned out, what about cooking a box of pasta and tossing it with some butter and garlic?
Super easy, and probably something you have in your pantry. Or if it is in your budget (and after saving all that money at the grocery store this week, it just might be), take the night off from cooking and treat your family to a night out.
And don’t you dare feel guilty! You worked hard at sticking to a budget and cooking REAL food for your family!
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FAQs for Recipes with Roast Pork Leftovers
What to do with a leftover dry pork roast?
Can you turn leftover roast pork into pulled pork?
Absolutely! Add BBQ sauce for a delicious BBQ pork recipe.
How long is leftover pork roast good for?
Store your leftover pork roast in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three to four days.
List of Easy Leftover Pork Roast Recipes
These dishes can be adjusted, simply sub pork for whatever meat the recipe calls for.
- Egg Roll in a Bowl
- Pulled Pork Sliders
- Rice and Broccoli
- Sweet Potato Black Bean Enchiladas
- Shredded Pork Greek Pitas
- Stuffed Peppers
- Tortilla Soup
- Kale Salad
- Homemade Hot Pockets
- Pork Stroganoff
- 15 Minute Kung Pao Chicken with Vegetables
Can Also Use Leftover Pork Roast Recipes Like This
Leftover pork roast can also be added to:
- French Bread Pizza
- Egg Casserole
- Quesadillas with Fajita Veggies
- Vegetable Fried Rice
- Scrambled Eggs
- Grilled Cheese
- Leftover Pork and Potato Soup
- Black Bean and Salsa Tacos
- Potato Skins
- Easy Pizza Bagels
- Veggie Stir Fry
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