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Leftovers Make Tacos

January 8, 2018

I’ve been sitting on my couch for an hour talking myself out of ordering delivery something for dinner – pizza, Indian, Chinese, Thai, whatever.  You know how it goes.  There’s food in the house.  I’ve eaten the Pomegranate Beef a few times now, so I need a break from that.  I had lentil soup for lunch, so that’s out for dinner.  That leaves a basement freezer full of pumpkin soup, minestrone, white beans and greens soup, chili – are you getting the theme here?  Not interested in soup.  I’ve got some odds and ends in the fridge so let’s see what 5-10 minute meal we can make from those.

I’ve got eggs, feta, spinach, a little spaghetti sauce and tortillas.  The diced ham belongs to the dogs (not kidding) and it’s been a vegetarian day anyway.  I love eggs.  Quick, easy, and versatile.  What more could you want?  Beats the heck out of peanut butter and jelly on a cold and rainy night.  And leans toward the healthy too.

Two scrambled egg tacos coming up.  Here’s what you need:


1 whole egg, 1 egg white, water

1/4 chopped fresh spinach

2 T diced feta

2 T spaghetti sauce

shaved parmesan

2 corn tortillas

I add a little water to my eggs when I’m mixing them to scramble.  It makes them fluffy.  And you really do just need an egg and an egg white to make 2 tacos.  Makes a darn good omelet too.

I’ve already stemmed my spinach.  I did the whole container the other night when I was stemming some for the beef.  Makes it easier to use later.  Most people will tell you this is an unnecessary step. True enough.  But it’s so much nicer if you do.  I don’t like the feel of the stems in my spinach, raw or cooked.  And I don’t like the way it looks.  I notice them when I go to restaurants.  I think it’s tacky.  That said, I may be the only person on the planet who bothers with this, so make your own call on this.  If you decide to do it, the easiest way is to put the container in the middle with a bowl on one side and a place to put the stems for trash on the other.  It goes quickly.


I buy my feta in blocks stored in brine.  I found it at Wegmans.  I think it lasts longer that way.  And it gives me the flexibility to use slices or big chunks or tiny diced.  Again, make your own call.  Buy the crumbles if they’re on sale.  Buy the flavored if you like it.  But be very careful to read the label.  Never ever, ever get the fat free.  The container looks the same as the other.  It’s a horrible mistake to make.  I speak from experience.

Warm the tortillas so they’ll be soft enough to fold.  I do mine in the countertop oven. It’s really the only oven I use.  You can also use a toaster oven, a warm pan on the stove, or wrapped in damp paper towels in the microwave.

Split your eggs between the tortillas and top.  I had one with spinach and feta and one with spaghetti sauce and parmesan.  Both excellent.  Almost no prep and almost no clean up.  Delivery food avoided for today.


Oh, and the extra egg yolk?  I cook it immediately and dice it up for the dogs to have with breakfast in the morning.  I have a very picky eater so they both get something special added to their food.  She’s a chow hound and needs nothing added, but you have to be fair!