Here are a few excerpts from some previous posts that show how leftovers can become new.
Leftovers with purpose
Meal 1 We made a large London broil. It turned out fabulous. We ate our fill for dinner along with some side salads.
Meal 2 We used the sliced beef to make a wonderful sandwich. We sliced a loaf of French bread in half and filled it with the meat, and piled on the toppings (avocado. peppers, onion, lettuce, tomato, olives)
Meal 3 Fajitas. Grilled meat with spicy peppers and onions wrapped up in a warm tortilla, what could be better than that.
My husband loves homemade pudding. Whenever we cook rice he wants to be sure that we have leftovers so that we can make rice pudding. He makes sure to remind me that we need to cook enough to make pudding. He has been known to request rice for dinner just so we can have rice pudding afterwards.
Check out our recipe:
Life less hurried rice pudding recipe
Whenever we cook ground beef we always cook a little extra to make Mexican "pizza" for lunch the next day.
These are so quick and easy. They are great for lunch or snack time.
You will need
toppings of your choice
Heat a large skillet or griddle to a medium high heat
Spread the tortilla with a small amount of sour cream and salsa as the "Pizza sauce"
Top with cheese and whatever else you have on hand;
We have topped these with ground beef, shredded chicken, onions, mushrooms, olives, green chilies, bell peppers, tomato just to name a few things.
Cook until cheese is melted and the tortilla is crispy and brown on the bottom (about 4 minutes)
slice into "pizza wedges" and serve.
Making three meals from a couple of steaks
Meal 1. Steak dinner. We had a really nice steak dinner with some friends. I seasoned up the steaks and grilled them outside. I cooked more steak than we really needed. It made it look and feel like we had an abundance of food, and everyone was able to have their fill. I have an abundance of good things in life, and I want others to feel of that. We were able to sit out back and enjoy the nice weather at the picnic table that my husband built out of scrap wood. It was enjoyable.
Meal 3. Beef noodle soup. The leftover stroganoff noodles became the base for a nice lunch of beef noodle soup. My kids love my soups. Soups are so easy to make with many kinds of leftovers. My son is learning to cook with me. He likes to create soups. We talk about what would go good together. He will ask "should we put this in?" we will look at it, smell it, sometimes taste it; then decide if the item will go in the soup. It is a fun learning experience with him.
We create soups quite often, my children love them and they are a frugal way to feed a family. You can take a few items and stretch them to fill hungry tummies. My biggest problem is that when I make soup I serve it hot. The kids hate waiting for soup to cool. We have started putting frozen vegetables in the kids soup to cool it down. They love it! My kids now think that every bowl of soup should have an extra serving of vegetables added from the freezer.
This is how we do and who we are. It is something that we have found that works for us.
I hope this sparks some new ideas for you and your family!
Leave a comment below about what your family does and what your favorite leftover meal is.