I feel a sense of accomplishment when I can take leftovers and turn them into a whole new meal that no one complains about. Eating leftovers for several days can only happen with a finite amount of recipes at my house, so I learned to reuse the leftover dish in a new way. 

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This recipe is for any leftover beef, pork, turkey or chicken. It would be amazing with any of it. When we have a big meal, I usually freeze some of the meat immediately so that it doesn't go bad while I am thinking about what I can use it for.


This is perfect for all of the leftover turkey at Thanksgiving time too! Plus you can pull it right out of the freezer and throw it in the crockpot. All you need to do is start thinking about different spices that you didn't necessarily use the first time you used the meat. 


Then you add in the other ingredients to fill out the meal. Then top it with amazing fresh options and give plenty of options and suddenly everyone is happy. 

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2 cups of meat of choice
5 cans of drained beans- I like to mix it up but I always make sure there are at least 2 cans of pinto beans in the mix
2 cans of corn
1 cup of salsa
2 cups of water
4 tablespoons of tomato paste
2 tablespoons of garlic powder
2 teaspoons of onion powder
Salt and pepper to taste (It's more than you think.)
Top with:
Fresh onion, tomato, jalapeno, radish, avocado, cilantro, lime, sour cream, shredded cheese and chives and serve with Fritos Scoops!

This is the easy part! I use powdered onions and garlic so I can throw this together fast and leave for the day.
Throw everything in the crockpot and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours. Then chop and put out all of your toppings so everyone can make their own bowl of goodness, and serve with Fritos Scoops.
*Remember, this is YOUR meal. Add whatever you like! If you want more meat, add it. If you like something different to top it with, use it! You can also very easily make this vegan, so if that's your thing, do it.

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Utah BBQ Favorites!


BBQ season is in full swing and if you saw Costco this weekend you know that many Southern Utahns are ready to get their baby back ribs on. The favorite's list of meat to BBQ is definitely broad. If you need some ideas here is the list:


1. Burgers
2. Sausage
3. Hot dogs
4. Chicken
5. Meat and veggie kabobs.
6. Ribs
7. Steak
If you want to splurge even more than ribs and steak then you can go for seafood and the popular tri tip or wagyu steak.


And then there are those sides! Potato salad is a must. Most BBQ's have a pasta salad, green salad and some sort of fruit salad or Jell-O salad. BYOB and you have a party! I haven't seen Jell-O jigglers in a long while. I might have to make some for our party. Yum!


Be safe and enjoy your holiday with friends and family. Celebrate America and thank a vet, service member, special forces or local first responder. If you're lucky, you know more than one.

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Have You Heard Of Irish Nachos? They're Easy AND Delicious!

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What's Aaronee Cookin'? I am getting really good at using leftovers to make something completely different and this is one of those recipes. Irish Nachos. I have been making a version of these for years but I had no idea that is what they were sometimes called until I went to Wing Nuts and ordered some. Here's what you can do with leftovers.

If you have leftover baked potatoes, this is what you should turn them into.


Doesn't that look amazing? Well it was. They are so delicious. You can use any type of chili you want but I love Madras Lentils.


It doesn't take very much to top all of the potatoes either. I always crisp them up first with a little olive oil and garlic salt before I top them.


I usually use Colby-jack cheese but I just use what is in my fridge at the moment.
YUM! it really is super good and you should totally try it next time you have leftover baked potatoes.



Sliced up baked potatoes
Chili of any kind, just make sure it is thick and will stay on the sliced potatoes.
Cheese, any kind you want.
Olive Oil
Garlic salt
Optional additions:

Slice your baked potatoes into half inch slices
Lightly coat with olive oil and garlic salt
Broil until lightly brown
Then top with chili and cheese
Broil again until cheese is bubbly
Top with optional additional toppings and let cool slightly.

Aaronee LOVES the country lifestyle. She has a great little farm with Alpacas, goats, dogs, cats and chickens! So yes, some........stuff on her boots. ;) Aaronee's playlist has everything from Reba & Brooks & Dunn to Rascal Flatts & Garth to Miranda Lambert & Laney Wilson to Kane Brown & Morgan Wallen. She loves them all. ♥ Get her some chips and salsa or tater tots and a root beer float and she is set. She loves chatting on social media so make sure to hit her up on the Cat Country Utah facebook page!

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