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9/22/10 6:37 P

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I tossed my leftover salmon on a bed of fresh baby spinach, added tangerine wedges, 1 ounce of crumbled feta cheese, and 2 tbs of balsamic vinaigrette.

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9/20/10 3:23 P

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We eat a lot of chickens too. They're such a versatile ingredient!

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I use leftover veggies in wraps, or chilis or casseroles. I freeze leftover portions AFTER I make tomorrow's lunch portion! I always plan extras for lunch the next day before the fam even gets to eat in case they like it so much I don't get any, LOL!! Usually Thurs. or Fri. is leftover day here, too.

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In Arizona the temperature is still over 100 degrees, so when I cook, I make more than enough food for a couple of meals. Our favorite is grilling a couple of chickens. They become chicken and grape salad, or mixed with corn, rice and salsa for wraps. The list of what I can make with those chickens is never ending.

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i am starting to try to add an ingrediant to a leftover to make it seem different so it doesent seem liek it was the samor if i cook macaroni i am gonna keeome plain so i can add somehting different to it the nest night, like make mac and tomato soup and the put mac w/ turkey chili for the next day. we cook a big box of macaroni to save money and so i can individualy make different dinners but save money at the same time. i got some individual abkeing dishes from ratchel ray. comes with 4 of them with handles on them. then i gonna put them in the refridge and reheat them.

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I raely have leftovers as I practise strict portion control with proteins and having more veggies is never a problem as thay're filling, but good for you, and rarely do damage to calorie allowances....

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I freeze berries & grapes.
Most of our left overs are served as lunch or possibly another supper. I usually try to change something to make it seem different. Sometimes, I put the leftovers in a wrap.

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I just throw leftover veggies into some ground beef, onion, mushrooms and bell peppers. Season heavily with turmeric, cumin, garlic pepper and lots of paprika (or cayenne pepper) and serve over rice.

I used to waste a lot of soft fruit until a friend suggested freezing half of what I buy into portion sizes. That way I can pull it out and defrost if I want fruit, or blend it with milk/yogurt and honey for a smoothie.

Don't really have meat leftovers as I freezer bag it into portions as soon as I get home from shopping, so I defrost only what I need that day. Time consuming after shopping, but so much more thrifty. :)

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I use leftover meats, veggies or rice/noodles to make soup.
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Hi all,
When I make up a dish for dinner, I often check to see what foods I have leftover from a previous meals.
Vegetables are good in stir fry meals, and casseroles.
I also use leftover veggies to top a baked potato.
When I make my home made fried rice, I use leftover rice, vegetables, chicken and whatever else I can find. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I use leftover rotisserie chicken and pitch it on top of my salads. It's especially good on top of a spinach salad!

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Janine, Chef Meg has a simple white sauce so you can eliminate using canned soups and sauces. It's included in this recipe: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
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I like this recipe anyway - so good, and so good for you! remember, you can substitute different cheeses too, depending on what you have in hand.

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I use left over chicken two ways one i make a curry with it or my DH's favorite chicken rice and peas basically i heat a little olive oil in a wok i then add chopped onion chopped peppers red/green the chicken with some spices cajun spice is good then i throw in a handful of peas and some cooked rice it's really yummy...

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Any ways for using leftover rotisserie chicken? I wanted to do a pot pie but I didn't have any cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup. I am trying to use what I already have on hand without an additional trip to the store. Any thoughts?

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I just love leftover turkey breast. I make a great white chili. Can make it in the crock pot. Sometimes I buy one just so I can make the chili. yum

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Like many of you i usually freeze my left over veggies i also buy food that is greatly reduced because it is at it's sell by date i bring it home and freeze it, veggies i blanch and freeze one thing i could not live without my freezer...

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I always chop all of a veggie up, and use what is needed for a recipe, then save the remainder for use in omelettes, and if they dont get used up in a couple of days, they go in a big bag in the freezer to be used for soup later. I started this when I notice my celery always rotting in the fridge (cuz I dont like it raw), so I started chopping it up when it started to go bad and then freezing it for later use. It worked beautifully, so now I do it for lots of veggies! (not tomatoes though)

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I usually pack leftovers for lunch and I often use leftover veggies in an omelet the next day for a high protein/low carb quick and easy dinner. YUM!

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With three teenage sons, I honestly do not have much leftovers!

I usually put a small serving aside for my lunch the next day.


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I often add extra veggies to recipes if they seem to go together. Also toward the end of the week I take whatever veggies are left and either grill or roast it. It can be a side dish of it's own or be used in something else.

Extra servings become lunch on a first-come first-served basis and sometimes we do have some hoarding going on. If I really made too much it goes in the freezer in a single serving container like my own frozen meals. Right now I have 2 kinds of soup, seafood lasagna and black bean chili in the freezer for when we want it.

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The leftover chicken and broccoli with garlic sauce that I made for Monday dinner is going to work with me today for lunch, and I'm going to try putting it into a tortilla that I already have at the office. Might be an interesting way to eat it! LOL!

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The recipe I used yesterday is the same ingredients for one of my favorite dishes, so I'm going to make it into sour cream chicken enchiladas when I get home and have a completely new recipe tonight that I don't really have to make!

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Great tips!!!

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A few days ago, I made SP's Bean, Corn, Avocado salad recipe as a side dish. My family ended up eating it as an appetizer with tortilla chips, and another day combined with shredded cheese as an add-on to our salads. You can also add it to omelets or add shredded chicken and use it as filling in a chicken & bean wrap. This recipe is very filling and will sustain you for hours.


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One of my standby leftover meals is made by adding any leftovers to pasta. With a little broth, seasonings and sprinkle of cheese ,veggies and meat have a new life.

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I often plan leftovers into my meal plan. I use chili to make taco salads. I make spaghetti by crumbling up leftover meatloaf, into my home made sauce. Leftover baked or rotisserie chicken often becomes something else like chicken salad, wraps, soups, or pot pie. I also use leftover rice for a delicious Hawaiian rice pudding.

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What are some other ideas or recipes to help use leftover ingredients?

I really like putting leftover veggies like carrots in my "meat" loaves.

Make big batches of rice and freeze in meal size portions to use later when preparing quick meals.

Freeze your leftover tea in ice cube trays with a mint leaf or a curl of lemon zest.

If you can’t eat the grapes fast enough before they start going bad, try freezing them.

Freeze nutmeats and coconut for baking.

Plan one meal each week that uses up the assorted leftovers accumulating on the refrigerator shelves.


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Make it into a sandwich filling by mincing or grinding the meat, then mixing it with onions, celery, pickles and salad dressing.


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Wow, I got some great ideas here. I might even try some. I'm usually not much of an 'on the fly' cook. If I don't have a recipe I'm lost. But I'm going to try some of these ideas next time I have leftover ingredients. thanks

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Last night I made a veggie pizza on a frozen whole wheat crust that has been forgotten in the freezer.
I sauteed little bits of left over veggies like eggplant and spinach,onions ,green pepper&mushrooms.
It cleaned out my veggie drawer in the fridge and tasted delicious! Will make this often.

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I made spanish rice with left over brown rice mmmm it was quite tasty Just added some rotel tomatoes and a few spices and I was good to go! emoticon

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I made the garden vegetable frttata with leftover vegetables from a company dinner with friend. I always like to have too much rather than too littel. We had cooked onions, carrots. cauliflower florets and broccoli florets. They were all cooked. I made the egg base with broth instead of milk and added cooked frozen spinach-zapped in the microwave, and of course some leftover Virginia ham from the dinner. Baked in a pie plate it was delish and cooked in half the time.

(The rest of the ham is in the crock pot in the garage for pea soup). That keeps the house cool in the summer months.
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I made chicken salad with my leftover grilled chicken!

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Leftovers is all I usually eat especially in the winter. I live alone. I make big buckets of soups, stews etc. and I can`t help but have leftovers. So yummy.

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There are only 2 of us but I do not like to waste energy. I often fix what I call planned overs. I cook most of my vegetables in the microwave in a small amount of water to preserve water soluble nutrients.I store cooked carrote and onions in the freezer to use in soups and stews.They are also great in crustless Quiche and pita pizzas as well as omelettes.Leftover vegetables also work well in meatloaves and the obvious stand by soups.
I use leftover cooked meat to make sandwich spreads, using my small food processor. I prefer to use ketchup or mustard instead of mayo.
I also use leftover cooked chicken for stir fries and stews. Love and learn to use leftovers creativly and you will waste less food and save more money and time. Cooking time using left overs is so much shorter. Pat in Maine.

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for uncooked meat that is more than the recipe calls for, like the chicken, you can precook and shred/cube/slice etc to use as a quick meal starter for a different day. (Keep it in the freezer) Just keep a list of what you've got in there and you can use it as a jumping off point for the following week or when your plans go awry and you need something quick

extra ground turkey: brown and crumble and replace in ground beef recipes like sloppy joes, tacos or soup

extra chicken breast - for stir fry, BBQ chicken sandwiches, chicken caesar salad (w/ LF dressing)

extra lean steak - stir fry, fajitas


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It's just hubby & me and I try to make an effort to eat dinner left overs for lunch the next day. I buy frozen veggies and cook only what we eat at that meal.

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Let's see..any veggies that are getting old are cooked and made into a smoothy to add to my vegatable juice. It is very filling, and this way I get away with a cheaper brand. All fruits are put in the freezer, or cooked down to make a home made jam. I use stevia.
I am allowed left overs at work, so often we have chicken tacos, or I cut up pork loin to make a stir fry for my husband and myself. No kids to complain:-) Any cereals that are nearly gone are combined, and this is what I use for a topping for my fruit crisps. I enjoy left overs, because it allows you to become very creative.

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We have leftover night on Thursdays!

I like to take leftover veggies and make soup or stir fries with.


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I like the pizza idea - do you bake the pizza in the cast iron, or do it on the stovetop somehow?

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We used to order pizza on Friday nights, but now we buy a ball of pizza dough, split it into two cast-iron skillets, and use any leftovers from the fridge on our pizzas. Cheap and delicious.

I also use leftovers in taco salads, tacos and quesadillas, pastas, stir-fries, and open-faced sandwiches.

My priority is to use them while they're fresh, because once they go into the freezer, they are dead to me.

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Meat is never an issue because we actually buy extra (it is generally cheaper to buy larger packs than smaller ones) and then we just freeze the overage. But I've had the same problem with veggies and strange ingredients.

I like the idea of freezing cooked veggies. And while I also like the idea of just searching recipe sites for recipes to fit your ingredients, we have already planned our meals and bought the ingredients for them. So if we made something that wasn't planned, those ingredients would go to waste.

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It's only my hubby and me in my house. We love to try new recipes - we try something new at least 2 or 3 times a week! Most recipes call for 4 servings, so our fridge is often full of leftovers. We make a conscious effort to bring the extras for lunch the next day - something that was very difficult for my hubby to get used to. He would always buy his lunch; now, he's saving tons of money and bringing something healthy from home every day - even better, his coworkers are often jealous of how good his lunches look!

Ideas for leftovers:

Pack a lunch right away - before you do the dishes and settle down for the evening. You'll be much more likely to actually take leftovers for lunch if you don't have to fuss with them in the morning.

Meats, poultry - cube up leftovers for a stirfry (uses up veggies, too)

Fruit that's getting old - make a smoothie for breakfast. Or make a warm fruit salad for dessert (chunks of fruit, a little honey or maple syrup, lots of spice - cinnamon, allspice, star anise, 5-spice, whatever you like - bake in the oven at 350 for about 20 minutes).

Veggies - stirfry, stirfry, stirfry! Or make brochettes, or pack in little snack bags & put in lunch...(I cut up all my veggies as soon as I buy them and store them in plastic containers - makes it very easy to grab for a snack, recipe, etc. and I have less leftovers that way!)

Fish - if possible, cut into large chunks and place on skewers with peppers, onions, tomatoes, etc. and cook on the bbq

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I agree with the idea of making the freezer your friend to avoid wasting food.

Start a stock bag in your freezer and use all the odds and ends to make a yummy soup?

Cook a double recipe and freeze the extras for another night?

Roast up a tray of veggie odds and ends and serve as a side dish?

Buy good freezer paper and freeze individual boneless breasts for use later in stir-fries?

Hope these help.

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6/2/10 10:01 P

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OH MY LAND! I LOVE the idea of of freezing leftover cooked veggies!

Personally, I hate leftovers, always have. Luckily, my husband is usually my garb orator and will eat them for lunch the next day.

However, veggies tend to be left to rot...LOVE IT!!!!

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6/2/10 9:27 P

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I often add lots more veggies to recipes than actually called for, providing that it won't change the consistency too much (as with tomatoes, for example), or overpower the flavor. So if a recipe calls for half an onion and a cup of raw spinach, I'm likely to use the whole onion and whatever spinach is left in the bag.

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6/2/10 8:45 P

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Your leftovers in my house probably would have gone into an omelette. That's a double bonus for me, because DH is the Omelette King in our house, so I don't have to cook it!

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6/2/10 6:14 P

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Friday night is leftover night at my home. I pull everything out, and everyone has their choice.

Leftover cooked veggies get fozen and when the container is full...I make a pot of soup.

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6/2/10 5:36 P

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Sometimes I use the leftovers for lunch so I do not waste food.

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6/2/10 3:37 P

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I often search on SparkRecipes or on one of the other recipe sites that allows you to input ingredients to search for. Sometimes it takes a minute or two to weed out ones that you don't have all the ingredients for, but it's a great way to get some new recipes and to use up ingredients in the fridge. For instance, if I'd been in your situation I would have put 'pepper onion tomato' in the search and see what I came up with. It's sort of like a recipe lotto!

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6/2/10 3:33 P

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One thing that has always been a problem for me is that in many recipes, I find that I'm only using half an onion, or two chicken breasts when the package includes four, etc. Usually, these leftover ingredients end up in my fridge until I have no choice but to throw them out. But this challenge is pushing me not to waste so much food!

Today, for example, I was thinking about how to use my leftover veggies from a Memorial Day BBQ. I had an extra bell pepper, onion, and some roma tomatoes. Searching through my fridge, I also found some tomato sauce that needed to be finished off soon and some shredded mozarella. I knew I had whole wheat pitas, so my boyfriend and I made pita pizzas! They were so delicious, AND I didn't have to throw away good veggies!

What are some other ideas or recipes to help use leftover ingredients?

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