Leftovers in Lettuce Boats – Try it With Your Next Meal

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Lettuce Boat Leftovers

Lettuce boats topped with leftovers are fulfilling as a snack or mini meal. This snack or quick meal is especially relevant in spring and summer. It seems there is an abundance of events and gatherings that have food and where there is food there is a good chance of leftovers.

Benefits of Using Leftovers

Turn that extra food into something more before it becomes a “back of the refrigerator” science experiment. Give food a second chance to satisfy palates, your own as well as your guests. Using leftovers has other benefits, too, including:

  • Stretching your food budget
  • Reducing food waste
  • Satisfying cravings with healthy alternatives
  • Pleasing guests on short notice
  • Speeding meal preparation

Ingredients Needed

  • Leftovers of course – you didn’t miss that did you?
  • Romaine lettuce
  • Sauce (we prefer our own Original or Citrus-Infused Hot Sauce from Simpatico Foods; use whatever you have on hand)

Top romaine with grilled veggies, fish, chicken, pork, shrimp, beef, rice, salad of any sort, and really any food you have on hand to make this quick meal.

What to Do

1) Clean and prepare your romaine lettuce (pat dry)
2) Line lettuce with sauce (this helps your topping stay on the lettuce boat)
3) Top the sauce with your leftovers

Leftovers on Purpose

Use extra food you have on hand or with a little forethought you can prepare a little extra anything to include in lettuce boats, later. The vegetable medley shown in the picture originally accompanied a meal with pork ribs. We purposefully cooked more veggies to enjoy with additional meals.

This dish tastes delicious and presents well to any guests who may drop in unexpectedly.

Enliven Tired Food

With sauces from Simpatico Foods you can make that extra food, previously destined to be forgotten, even more exciting and your mouth and guests happy.

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Healthy Snack – Blue Corn Orange Hot

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Kitchen Magician

We’ve all been there. We arrive at someones house on short notice and they feel compelled to feed us. So, they pull together some kitchen magic and concoct something delicious. Well, that can be you or maybe you have been that food magician. This healthy snack will add to your bag of tricks.

Health Snack Recipe – Blue Corn Orange Hot

We don’t really have a name for this snack so let’s call it by its ingredients, blue corn chips, oranges, and hot sauce so – blue corn orange hot. Voila!

Ingredients You Probably Already Have

Seriously, this snack is even more mouthwatering than its appearance and it is easily put together in only a few minutes with ingredient most kitchens already have on hand. What you’ll need:

  • Organic Blue Corn Tortilla Chips
  • Fresh Organic Valencia Oranges
  • Citrus-infused Hot Sauce from Simpatico Foods

Quick and Easy to Make Healthy Snack

Lay out your chips. Cut orange into segments. Peel each segment and further cut down into halves or thirds depending upon the size of your chips. Dot with hot sauce and let sit for 10 minutes. By waiting 10 minutes you’ll find that the chips soften under the juice of the orange. That will give you a part crunchy and part soft snack that will have your guests intrigued and asking for more.


Of course you can make do with any chips, oranges and hot sauce. We are partial to clean label organic, GMO free products. That’s how we make our sauces and those are the types of ingredients we seek to feed ourselves, our families and friends.

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Need a Quick, Easy, and Delicious Meal? Try Wild Shrimp with Dipping Sauce

image of Grilled Wild Argentine Shrimp with Citrus Infused Dipping Hot Sauce from Simpatico Foods

We love wild Argentine Shrimp. We love it even more when those shrimp are dipped in or drizzled with our citrus infused hot sauce.

This is an easy dish to whip up for an impromptu happy hour or even a dinner. You can always have these shrimp on hand in your freezer. They are quick to thaw and you can select a few or use the entire bag.

Easy to Make Meal

After thawing, let drain, pat dry with a paper towel, sprinkle shrimp with olive oil, salt and pepper, grill to completion and then drizzle or dip in a tasty sauce. We’re partial to our citrus infused hot sauce.

This dish tastes delicious and presents well to any guests who may drop in unexpectedly. Combined with other grilled veggies this could be a quick meal. It could be a course in your at home tapas party, or a main feature of your hosted happy hour. Whichever the case your palate and guests will be pleased.

Make Vegetables Even More Appealing

Garden Fresh Radishes in a Variety of Colors with Peanut Sauce - Simpatico Foods

Many people don’t like radishes. That’s too bad. Radishes have a unique flavor that can accent salads, tacos, soups and more. Adding sliced or grated radish to a soup or salad is an easy way to add vibrant color and nutrients to your diet.  By adding spicy peanut sauce, radishes take on a whole new dimension, becoming interesting to the dullest of palates. You might even come to like radishes so much that you’ll dip them in peanut sauce directly.