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01-19-2008, 07:39 AM #1
Because I am planning my weekly meals and just generally being more
aware of food vs money, I am finding that I don't want the food I've
cooked to sit in the fridge until it goes bad. (You wouldn't believe
how much food I used to throw away at the end of each week because
it had gone bad!)
Last week my co-workers and I ordered chinese take-out (paid for
with our "party fund") and the next day we had tons of leftover
rice. I took all of the leftover rice home and put it in my freezer.
I made WAY too much pasta friday night, so I froze the leftovers. I
made a crockpot full of chili last week and had a huge bowl of it
leftover - that is now in the freezer.
The problem with freezing everything is that I am running out of
room in my freezer! I have 1/2 a pan of leftover cornbread. I was
originally going to put it in the freezer, but then I found a recipe
for cornbread pudding (aka Indian pudding) which is made with
leftover cornbread. Seeing that recipe got me thinking that there
must be OTHER recipes out there that call for leftovers.
Do any of you have leftover recipes or any suggestions on what to do
with leftovers besides putting everything in my freezer?
01-19-2008, 07:44 AM #2
A couple of ideas - use the leftover spaghetti or rice in a stir
fry, or make lo-mein. You could serve the chili over top of the
spaghetti noodles. Make chili dogs, chili frito casserole, serve
over tortilla chips as nachos with cheese, onions, and anything else
you like on nachos. Mix the chili with cheese such as velveeta and
serve as a dip for tortilla chips. Serve the chili over tater
tots. Chili burritos. Top a salad with the chili kind of like
Wendy's does. Use the spaghetti and make a frittata.
HTH a little,
01-19-2008, 07:45 AM #3
With left over rice and vegetables, adding egg and soy sauce, you can make fried rice.
With left over vegetables, adding tomato soup and or tomato juice, maybe even some rice or pasta, make vegetable soup.
You can make burritos with leftover meats, cheeses, etc..
Also, pot pies with leftover veges, just adding meat, pie crusts and cream of "whatever" soup you like.
If I think of more I will post more....
01-19-2008, 07:46 AM #4
I keep my cabinets stocked with basics like canned tomatoes, soups, vegetables and any left over any thing can be made into a meal the next day or used as some sort of side dish. LOL, around here we call them one of a kind meals, because there isn't any recipe, and can never be duplicated again. Just about any thing can be stir fried by using a small piece of meat and a few vegetables. Left over cornbread is cut into squares, then cut in half, spread a little butter on and toasted in a fry pan or oven. Left over vegetables taste great stir fried with some onions, and pasta mixed in.
01-19-2008, 07:50 AM #5
I also put my leftovers in the freezer. Two days ago I made chilli.I took out of the freezer chicken a BBQ turkey. I de-boned it, chopped it up, put it in a pot, I had allot of meat. To the meat I added 2 cans of kidney beans, 2 cans of stewed tomatoes which I pureed first and 2 packages of chilli seasoning. If it feels to thick add water to it. I think I added about 2 tomatoe cans of water. Cooked it for about 1/2 hr or more. Took out chatter cheers and soda crackers. My family inhaled it. Time before that I had beef roast and lamb and did the same thing. When I have leftover taco meat, defrost it first, I heat it in the microwave. Then I put corn chips on a plate and put cheese on it and meat. Pop it in the microwave and my kids love it. Or I will get Campbell's cheese soup and put that instead of cheese.
02-27-2008, 06:10 PM #6
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Any left over veggies ie: corn, peas, beans I put in bags in the freezer til I have enough (usually in the same gallon bag) then I make a veggie stew out of them. I do not put broccilli in there that did not taste so good.
With mash potatoes I save to put on top of a hambuger pie add a little cheese and an egg or I make potatoe pancakes by adding flour, onion and an egg and frying then in butter or olive oil. My step son likes them with cheese and ham in them.
I fry hambuger meat and freeze it in little packs to pull out to add to veggie soup or casseroles when I fine it on sale.
If it does not freeze we feed it to the dogs or chickens ie the corn bread. So it does not go to waste.
03-16-2008, 05:30 PM #7steventina4239Guest
What is the best way to use leftover ham???????????
03-16-2008, 10:52 PM #8LynneGuest
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beans or making split pea soup
Dice for a chef's salad, omelet or add to some cheesy scalloped
potatoes for a tasty casserole
Cheddar cheese, broccoli and rice casserole with ham added is good also
On a lighter note, simmer some veggies like carrots, pea pods, etc. in
bouillon and add some small cubes of ham.
If nothing sounds appealing at the moment, you can always wrap tightly
and stick in the freezer for use later.
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What is the best way to use leftover ham???????????