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we had a bbq on saturday for family and friends. had tons of leftovers even after sending plates home with family. i decided to wing it and try to make something to use up some leftovers. i boiled the leftover veg from the veggie platter (carrots, broccoli, celery and grape tomatoes) along with some onion, peppers and salt/pepper. then cut up and put in the last of the leftover hamburgers. let it simmer for an hour and it came out awesome! almost like a stew, but had more of the smokey flavor from the leftover burgers.

what kind of creative dish have you made out of leftovers?
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we had a bbq on saturday for family and friends. had tons of leftovers even after sending plates home with family. i decided to wing it and try to make something to use up some leftovers. i boiled the leftover veg from the veggie platter (carrots, broccoli, celery and grape tomatoes) along with some onion, peppers and salt/pepper. then cut up and put in the last of the leftover hamburgers. let it simmer for an hour and it came out awesome! almost like a stew, but had more of the smokey flavor from the leftover burgers.

what kind of creative dish have you made out of leftovers?
Sadly I am not a leftovers kind of girl...however, my hubby is, so....Last week I made homemade baked mac & Cheese. A few nights later we had spaghetti. We had tons of leftovers of both mac & cheese and spaghetti sauce, so I mixed the two, layered in the rest of the ricotta cheese I had in the fridge, along with some mushrooms, and baked it in the oven for an hour. The mac & cheese got crispy around the edges and the ricotta just melted in between all the layers. It was very yummy.
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Old 05-27-2014, 07:06 AM   #3
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I tend to plan my leftover strategy in advance: Monday's beans reappear in Wednesday's chili, the remains of which gets involved in Friday's chili mac.
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Those Ingles Rotisserie chickens....I like to make soup out of the carcass. My kids love it.
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It is my personal challenge to throw away as little food as possible. Like Dr. Feelgood, I loosely plan my weeks menu for what I call "roll-over" ingredients. I also freeze lots of "bits and pieces" to be included in with a future dish. I have a bag in the freezer for chicken carcasses to make broth out of. I save the buttermilk from when I churn butter to make my bread. I save the heels and stale ends of my bread loaves to make croutons and crumb toppings for casseroles. Or, if I have a lot, I'll make stuffing or bread pudding. If milk is about to go bad I'll do a bechamel sauce or a pudding.

The truth is, I'm kind of competitive with myself about the food budget...and I've found, besides being cheaper, the more I manage my kitchen this way the better the meals taste!
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It is my personal challenge to throw away as little food as possible. Like Dr. Feelgood, I loosely plan my weeks menu for what I call "roll-over" ingredients. I also freeze lots of "bits and pieces" to be included in with a future dish. I have a bag in the freezer for chicken carcasses to make broth out of. I save the buttermilk from when I churn butter to make my bread. I save the heels and stale ends of my bread loaves to make croutons and crumb toppings for casseroles. Or, if I have a lot, I'll make stuffing or bread pudding. If milk is about to go bad I'll do a bechamel sauce or a pudding.

The truth is, I'm kind of competitive with myself about the food budget...and I've found, besides being cheaper, the more I manage my kitchen this way the better the meals taste!
I wish I was that strict with my budget...I need to take lesson from you!
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Well, the truth is, for me, I find cooking and baking relaxing, it's relieves stress....and the budget thing makes it more like a game to me, like I'm competing on Top Chef or something...lol. If one doesn't enjoy cooking, I wouldn't recommend it, it is a lot of extra work!
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Well, the truth is, for me, I find cooking and baking relaxing, it's relieves stress....and the budget thing makes it more like a game to me, like I'm competing on Top Chef or something...lol. If one doesn't enjoy cooking, I wouldn't recommend it, it is a lot of extra work!
OTOH, it's kind of fun: it's like working a jigsaw puzzle where the ingredients are the pieces. Let's see ... I've got half a can of creamed corn ...that will go with that half a tomato there... and that cheese there...and it's a casserole!
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made delish quiche-y thing tonight with leftovers. had tons of leftover cheese and wanted something besides mac and cheese (my usual go to when have tons of leftover cheese.) tonight i tried something new.

first i cooked chopped up onions, red pepper (i keep cut up and frozen in the freezer door), a tomato that was dead ripe, salt and pepper in a pan til cooked through and most of the moisture is gone. added a little squirt of spicy brown mustard. set aside to cool.

in a bowl i mixed 4 eggs, 2 cups milk, the cooled stuff from the pan and all the cheese i had left. (prob about 3 cups. was a combo of extra sharp and mild cheddar leftover chunks that i shredded up.)

poured it into 2 prefab pie crusts and cooked at 350 on a baking sheet (eggs will puff up) for about 50 minutes. last 5 minutes i sprinkled some leftover french fried onions on the top of one and crisped up (hub loves them).

turned out delish and used up a ton of leftovers. best part is we have leftovers! going to be out most of tomorrow, so will re-heat in the oven and have as leftovers too!
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OTOH, it's kind of fun: it's like working a jigsaw puzzle where the ingredients are the pieces. Let's see ... I've got half a can of creamed corn ...that will go with that half a tomato there... and that cheese there...and it's a casserole!
Exactly!!! For me it is fun too....but I totally get that it isn't for everyone.
This week I roasted off 2 big pans of chicken thighs and legs (@99 cents/pound). Ate once as is with yellow rice and beans. Then I deboned and rough chopped the leftover chicken, which then became pasta with chicken,mushrooms, peas and tarragon/cream sauce once day, and another day cold chicken salad for sandwiches.
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made delish quiche-y thing tonight with leftovers. had tons of leftover cheese and wanted something besides mac and cheese (my usual go to when have tons of leftover cheese.) tonight i tried something new.

first i cooked chopped up onions, red pepper (i keep cut up and frozen in the freezer door), a tomato that was dead ripe, salt and pepper in a pan til cooked through and most of the moisture is gone. added a little squirt of spicy brown mustard. set aside to cool.

in a bowl i mixed 4 eggs, 2 cups milk, the cooled stuff from the pan and all the cheese i had left. (prob about 3 cups. was a combo of extra sharp and mild cheddar leftover chunks that i shredded up.)

poured it into 2 prefab pie crusts and cooked at 350 on a baking sheet (eggs will puff up) for about 50 minutes. last 5 minutes i sprinkled some leftover french fried onions on the top of one and crisped up (hub loves them).

turned out delish and used up a ton of leftovers. best part is we have leftovers! going to be out most of tomorrow, so will re-heat in the oven and have as leftovers too!
That sounds amazing! love idea of the onions on top!
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made delish quiche-y thing tonight with leftovers. had tons of leftover cheese and wanted something besides mac and cheese (my usual go to when have tons of leftover cheese.) tonight i tried something new.

first i cooked chopped up onions, red pepper (i keep cut up and frozen in the freezer door), a tomato that was dead ripe, salt and pepper in a pan til cooked through and most of the moisture is gone. added a little squirt of spicy brown mustard. set aside to cool.

in a bowl i mixed 4 eggs, 2 cups milk, the cooled stuff from the pan and all the cheese i had left. (prob about 3 cups. was a combo of extra sharp and mild cheddar leftover chunks that i shredded up.)

poured it into 2 prefab pie crusts and cooked at 350 on a baking sheet (eggs will puff up) for about 50 minutes. last 5 minutes i sprinkled some leftover french fried onions on the top of one and crisped up (hub loves them).

turned out delish and used up a ton of leftovers. best part is we have leftovers! going to be out most of tomorrow, so will re-heat in the oven and have as leftovers too!
When I have lots of cheese I always make mac & cheese, so this sounds like an awesome alternative! And those crunchy onion thingies! Yum!
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If I eat pizza I often have leftovers, which usually turns out to be lunch the next day. Otherwise I usually freeze leftovers.
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had london broil leftovers from last night...my husband had the last of the veal parm i made the other night. i put in the oven to reheat instead of nuking. he said it held up pretty well and didn't get rubbery like the microwave can...
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