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Leftovers can be challenging especially when it comes to game meat. But if you cook for one or two, leftovers are hard to avoid. Occasionally I can get creative!

Here’s how I recycled grilled duck (original dinner pictured below) that my boyfriend made for me and some friends:

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Luckily, I had an extra pheasant breast that we had thawed out. With the pheasant and duck I had just enough meat to cook for the two of us.

I had fried rice on the brain and was determined to make it work. I soaked the previously grilled duck and the pheasant separately with teriyaki and Mojo sauce.

Then I boiled some rice and put it in the fridge to cool. Once the rice was cool I fried it in a pan with 2-3 cap fulls of peanut oil. I added in salt, pepper, garlic powder and soy sauce.

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While the rice cooked, I cooked the pheasant until it was white on both sides in another saucepan with butter. Then I added in chopped carrots, green beans and the duck. I let that cook covered for about 10 minutes.

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I added two eggs to the fried rice. Lastly, I chopped up an avocado to add on top. Trust me avocado is amazing with any fried rice type dish.

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I served my leftover creation with the fried rice on the bottom, the pheasant/duck stir fry and some extra juice above that and a few chunks of avocado to top it off!

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My boyfriend went for seconds – always a good sign!

Do you have any tips for spicing up leftovers?


This year I am trying to cook more often and with more creativity. My boyfriend’s a hunter, which means a bunch of fun game meat to cook with!

Recently I was craving tacos and had some pheasant thawed out! The problem is most recipes require at least 12 hours in a crockpot. Here’s how I improvised:

Four pheasant breasts (be sure to remove any extra pellets). Homemade taco seasoning:

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Heat three cups of water in a large sauce then add some butter and half of a chopped red onion:

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Boil some rice then set out to the side. Mix two tablespoons of the taco seasoning in the pan and rub one tablespoon on the pheasant sliced:

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Add the pheasant in the pan and cook for 5 minutes. Then add in the rice and any additional yummy veggies you have (even frozen). Let cook covered for 10 min:

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Cut a bigger piece of pheasant in half to be sure it’s cooked. You can serve in tacos, pita bread over salad or plain. I had mine over spinach with ranch and then in pita for lunch the next day:

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If you have any good recipes and want to share them, I’d love to test them out!


I am approaching 25 (the only year I can consider myself mid-twenties according to my sister), and I feel like it is time to write down some concrete resolutions and then actually stick to them! So here goes nothing . . .

  1. Get Fit & Stay Fit
    1. I joined Daily Burn (may switch to Class Pass – thoughts?).
    2. I now run enough to officially call myself a runner. So my goal is 1 Race a Month! (more to come on this one)
  2. Get Organized
    1. Heading to the Container Store by end of February to finally organize those drawers/closets in the house we have now had messy for two years.
    2. Financially organized with Mint – I highly recommend it by the way!
  3. Read!
    1. I am a chronic start a book and never finish it type. Well that has stopped! I am halfway through Insurgent! (Divergent is already read! woot woot)
    2. My goal is 5 books this year! I know it’s small, but I need to be realistic!
  4. Get Outside
    1. I want to be able to lift my kayak and carry it from the curb to the river on my own! Then I will actually kayak more than 5ish times a year. 🙂
    2. Camp or hike once a month – I love it, so I need to go do it more!
  5. Cook (or attempt . . .)
    1. My boyfriend and I minimizing how often we go out to eat, which is difficult for us!
    2. I am trying new recipes even recipes that scare me a bit.

For 2015 it is time to get motivated:

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And stay motivated even when it’s tough:

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Happy 2015! What are your resolutions?

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