Hello: I'm a relatively new pantry cook, and my job includes cooking the family meal. I think I'm actually luckier than most when it comes to this task because a) I actually really like doing it, always did even throughout culinary school, and b) our operation is large enough and run in such a way as to include fresh ingredients specifically for family meal, wonder of wonders. As in, one day the sous chef asked me what I'd like ordered (!) for family meal. I said a bit uncertainly "More chicken?". And lo and behold, the next day there were some whole freerange birds for me to cut up and cook. Anyway... yeah, I know I have it easier than most but I'd still like to hear about your ideas of what to quickly make with proteins that have already been cooked, especially roasted pork loin, big hunks of roasted lamb and flank steak. Sad as it sounds, I struggle with utilizing the cooked protein leftovers, in part because I kind of missed out on the American childhood growing up food experience. You know, things like sloppy joe and hot dish, that kind of thing. Yeah, boo hoo lame-assed me, right? No seriously, coming from a Chinese family where we also had a local butcher shop and fresh produce all the time, I have no palate for that kind of American food, so consequently I have a hard time cooking it correctly. Things I have made: variations on roasted chicken thighs and legs using different spice rubs, blanched or sauted veggies, different rice pilafs, Thai and Indian inspired curries, tempura, basically Asian things. One time I got a half package fresh pork butt, and I seared that with five spice powder and some green onions, then braised in soy sauce, mirin, lots of minced ginger, star anise and brown sugar. Asian inspired again! People love it of course, but I'm being pressured to come up with things less elaborate and in a faster time. I understand why, and I would like to do this. I am just hoping I can without sacrificing the food itself to memories of institutional school lunch or pasta with cream of blat. So, good ideas for non-school lunch family meal which are fast? Especially those which make use of leftover cooked proteins? Thank you.