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2/14/11 10:47 P

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If I have leftover chicken, I make a casserole with rice that makes enough for someone to have lunch the next day. Chop up the chicken. Cook 1 cup of rice (any kind you like).
Chop up half an onion and a few stalks of celery. Mix these items with the chicken. Add a can of cream of chicken soup and 1/2 cup nonfat plain yogurt (this use to be mayonnaise but I've changed the recipe and no one notices!) and a teaspoon lemon juice to the mixture. Add the rice and mix well. Put into a casserole dish and cook for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Really good and easy.

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2/14/11 6:19 P

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I read two interesting ways to use leftovers:

1. Have an "appetizer" night before you go shopping. Take all the small leftovers, cut (or dish) up in small appetizer size portions and put them all out.

2. Keep a meat and a poultry container in the freezer. But leftovers of one kind or the other, when there isn't enough for a lunch, in one of the containers. When the container is full, make soup with it.

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2/14/11 9:29 A

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I try to adjust recipes so that I don't have leftovers. When I do, they become lunches. If there's too many, we have a leftover night, and eat a little bit of everything!

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2/3/11 3:37 P

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Leftover bread from the week doesn't have to go to waste:
It can be used to make croutons, bread crumbs, bread pudding, or french toast.

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2/3/11 1:53 P

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Leftover chili is good on top of a baked potato. I like a little cheese and low fat sour cream on top.

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2/1/11 11:42 A

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Not sure if this has already been said but you could make a vegetable stock with leftover vegetables surely? Less sodium then the cubes.

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1/31/11 12:32 P

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When faced with small bits of leftovers - rice, veggies, chopped onions, etc. - I place them in one zip lock freezer bag in the freezer and add to it til there is enough to use for a soup - then I make surprise soup - adding other ingredients as needed.

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1/28/11 5:25 P

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Leftover roast is also good for making roast beef hash.

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1/28/11 2:55 P

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I like to use leftover roast for shredded beef tacos

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1/28/11 2:48 P

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I love to use leftovers to make soups which tend to be lower in fat. Leftover vegetables make great soup starters. Add some beef or chicken broth and a can of tomatoes and you have a great tasting and healthy meal. emoticon


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1/26/11 11:29 P

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Left over meals get taken to work for lunch or eaten through the week when I don't want to cook. Left over veggies are different. I try to dice up peppers, onions, and potatoes and store in the freezer. Why buy frozen when I already have it. However, sometimes there are pieces left. Like the skin of a carrot or small piece of garlic that I had grated. For those, I mix them all in a ziploc bag. When it gets full, I make my own veggie broth.

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Depending on the meal I store my Leftover in the fridge and have it for lunch the next day. I freeze leftover soups and sauces.

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1/26/11 9:43 A

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I can NOT handle leftovers, I piece at them until they are gone.

So I spent some money on a cooking for two cookbook and make all my other recipes smaller so I don't have any leftovers.

If it is something like lasagne that can't really be made for two, then I divide it and freeze the extra BEFORE even serving tonight's portion.

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1/25/11 3:18 P

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when I have chilli left I turn it into a moc sheppards pie. top it with mashed potatoes shredded cheese and put in oven at 350 for about 20 min.

the other thing I do is turn it into a dip.
again topped with shredded cheese and sour cream.

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1/23/11 9:25 A

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When I have leftover veggies, I know that I can always make some soup or stew. I will oftentimes make a single serving of soup by adding some vegetables and seasonings to a mug of broth--heat and enjoy! Easy, nutritious, and warming on a cold winter afternoon.

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1/22/11 8:33 P

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I really like this idea! Now just wondering how I can make my chili into something else, hehe.

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1/22/11 8:33 P

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I really like this idea! Now just wondering how I can make my chili into something else, hehe.

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"You're still going faster than the people who stayed at home."

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1/22/11 7:56 P

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I really like this idea! Now just wondering how I can make my chili into something else, hehe.

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"You're still going faster than the people who stayed at home."

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1/20/11 4:11 P

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Yesterday, we used some left over whole grain brown rice and mixed it with turkey burger to make tacos. It was delish and a great way to use up that rice and get the kids some extra fiber and whole grains.

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1/19/11 6:55 A

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I seem to be having a leftovers week! Usually I use-up everything and then cook again. I have been strapped for gasoline money, so I go shopping less. My fridge is small; I cook-up the meat, in crock-pot and oven, wrap some up, and put it in the tiny freezer compartment.

Going to the store less gets me eating more, it seems. I am almost binging on some items, since I got larger containers than I usually buy. Well, I am getting the feedback I need for this beginning week. I think it will all straighten out.

Usually, my brain is better at organizing than this. I have gotten into a house that bothered my allergies a lot when I first got here. It has gotten better, but it seems that my mind is not as clear when I am in allergic reactions--sort of like having a cold and trying to study.

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This past Saturday I cooked quesadillas. There was only a tablespoon or two of different items for the quesadillas, I put food in one small bowl and in the morning used the items to make a fritatta.

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1/15/11 10:06 A

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I plan for leftovers. For example, if we have ham on Monday, we have split pea soup on Tuesday. If we have roasted chicken on Wednesday, we have chicken noodle soup on Thursday. If we have beef roast on Friday, we have stroganoff on Saturday. Then by Sunday I have so many extras piled up it is unused leftover night.

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1/14/11 11:25 A

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If there are leftovers we pick on night during that week not to cook and use our leftovers. My kids love it and so do I it gives me a night to enjoy a movie with them without cooking supper.

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1/14/11 9:48 A

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When I have had left over roast beef that may be dry, I warm it in beef broth and make an open faced sandwich with it. Even my picky eaters will eat it. Sometimes I put a slice of lowfat provolone on it too. Yummy!

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1/13/11 12:13 P

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I don't know if it has been said already, but two of my favorite ways to use up odds and ends in the fridge are quiche and fried rice. random assortments of meats and veggies work well in these... not to mention day old rice is preferred for fried rice.

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1/13/11 9:13 A

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If I have cooked leftover meats, I'll shred them and add them to a salad for next day's lunch. Or as a sandwich filling if I don't have any vegetables at home - which is unlikely as I grow my own arugula.

Another easy way to use up leftovers is to make fried rice/noodles. Just toss and stir-fry whatever leftovers with cooked rice in a wok.

Oh, and I just made spaghetti bolognese and have two extra batches of sauce which I'd use for another meal or as a base for pizza bread.



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1/12/11 12:27 P

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My two favorite things to do with leftover roast beef (or just about any meat) are:

1) "cheesesteak" - shred or use food processor to finely chop beef. Add an equal amount of mushrooms and a little onion. Heat in skillet until warm and serve on rolls. You can cook a little onion in the skillet first for even more flavor. Serve on rolls with thinly sliced cheese and sweet cherry peppers.

2) oven "fried" chimichangas - mix shredded roast beef with enchilada sauce. Wrap in small flour (could use whole wheat, low fat, etc) tortillas with a little low-fat cheese. You can also add beans, rice, corn, etc. Wrap burrito-style then mist with olive oil and bake at 350F until golden outside.


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1/11/11 12:22 P

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Thanks!! That will be lunch tomorrow!

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With the roast beef leftovers put it in the food processor to chop it up and then whip in some light mayo to it to make it into a sandwich.

 
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Hi Looking for some help with some roasted beef leftovers. Its too dry even to put it in a sandwich. any ideas?
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My husband and I don't usually have too many leftovers. We either have them another night, for lunch, or I use them for homemade soup or vegetarian chili.

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When I plan and cook a meal for the most part,I will have leftovers. Sometimes, I will freeze in batches. I will buy chicken breast on sale. I prep it. Like I pound some it thin, slice some, and leave
some of it whole. When I am ready to make a dish, I have it ready in my freezer.

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1/6/11 7:48 A

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I definitely agree with you about actually "planning" on having leftovers. Can't tell you how many times my husband and I will comment on how good a meal is the "next" day. The flavors come together and result in a delicious "second" serving.
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1/5/11 9:15 P

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Leftovers are usually included in the meal planning. My husband loves having something to warm up for lunch and so usually I include one or more servings in the dinner to stash in the fridge for leftovers. He thinks food is always better the next day.

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Used my slow cooker last night and made a pot of turkey noodle soup using:
1. Turkey (from Thanksgiving) that I had divided into meal-size serving portions and put in the freezer.
2. Homemade turkey broth/stock I made from the Thanksgiving turkey and froze in 1-cup serving portions.

3. Carrots, celery, and onions--all of which I had on hand.
4. Noodles--a pantry staple

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What a great thread! We no longer eat meat, so it is a constant issue to use up all the veggies and fruit we buy. Overripe fruit goes into oatmeal or smoothies. Veggies often wind up in soup.

As far as meals go, most often it is just my hubby and I. I make enough for 4 portions of whatever we are eating. I'll leave one portion in the fridge for one of our lunches and freeze the other. I always have a good selection of frozen meals for lunch or if one of us is alone for dinner.

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My plan is to either eat for lunch and/or freeze for a future lunch.

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Leftovers really aren't a problem for me. Sometimes we simply don't finish what I prepared for our meal--in that case I will use the leftovers for lunch the next day or find/create a recipe that makes use of them (either combined with other ingredients, or made into a soup/stew/casserole/omelet/salad). There are times, however, when I cook a larger amount than we can eat at one meal, with the intent of freezing the leftovers for future meals (when perhaps I am limited by time or not feeling up to cooking). I realize I am fortunate because we do enjoy leftovers (and sometimes, as with stews and soups, the flavors have a chance to blend and develop when they are left to rest for an extra day).

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Hey Ready, I think we're married to the same man. Won't eat leftovers or casseroles. I try not to fix more than we can eat at one meal. I do however, if there are leftovers, are not above eating them for lunch.

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My DH does not like leftovers. He really doesn't like to eat anything twice. The other problem I have is that he does not like casseroles or the foods mixed for any reason. I always that mixing food and covering it with cheese was genius!

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Thank you for your post...loved you ideas!

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I've been creative with using the leftovers in quesadillas,enchiladas and omelets. It is amazing the good results you can get with using your imagination.

I like the idea of freezing extras to make into stock. I will try that.

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My DH thinks that all meals should be "bowl food" (casserole) or hot dogs. So, when I'm making a casserole I make enough for two or three meals then freeze the leftovers for another time. When I am not feeling like cooking I pull out a bag and either bake it at 200 in the oven (this is best) or pop it in the micro. Then all that is left is either a salad or some steamed veggies and dinner is done.

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i love the lock and lock containers and i cut up veg. and then i have them ready to use in my cooking as i need them . cut up onions , green peppers carrots yellow peppers mushrooms . all cut and ready . I use my left overs to make many meals . I buy a cook chicken once a week and we use it for about three meals and then i take the chicken bones and cook with onion and other veg. and make a soup .add vegetables and i buy tomato paste in a tube . use a bit and put the cap back on and it keeps for a long time . Have a supply of different types of pasta and shapes . they make a meal seem like it is different .

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I am finding out that straight marinara or regular spaghetti sauce is an excellent way to use up leftovers. DH likes angel hair with sauce at least once a week (usually a night I'm too exhausted to do much cooking) and I have started just raiding the fridge for leftovers to add to the basic jarred sauce, along with the garlic powder and oregano I normally "doctor" it with. Last night it was one head of steamed broccoli leftover from the night before - not enough to split between us as a side, but plenty when added to a jar of Prego. Last week I added half a can of garbanzo beans, and the week before that it was leftover chicken. No complaints, so I'll keep on keepin' on, I guess!

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Since I mostly just cook for me, I divide what I make into the 2-4 portion sizes when I cook it. I eat one, save one for lunch and put extras in the freezer.

I try to make 2-4 recipes on the weekend so I don't have to worry about cooking much during the week and fill in the blanks with Lean Cuisine or Healthy Choice or something like that.

When I bake potatoes, I always make extra. I favorite dinner or brunch quick meal is to cube the leftover potato, add mushrooms, tomatoes, egg, cheese, whatever - and have a nice healthy meal.

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I usually try to make something for dinner that can be cut up and used as finger food in m kids' lunches the next day - or that can be added to rice, noodles, sauce, ect.

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Great ideas, Kelekona! Thanks!

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I usually "string" my recipes. That is, some of the ingredients from one will work for another. Or even if I can pre-prepare parts of a recipe without washing the pans.

It works best if you're doing "cooking day" recipes. One dish is best fresh, one really needs to age in the refridgerator or spend all day in the crock pot, one freezes astoundingly well, and one is indifferent to being held in the fridge for a few days.


For instance, chili is an aged recipe. Beans and rice with tomato is a halfway indifferent recipe, the ingredients can be held one day, then the rice can be held one day. The pan that browns the ground beef can be re-used for preparing ground beef for taco filling without being washed.

Also be prepared for not having enough food pre-prepared to get by until the next cooking day. Frozen vegetables, individually quick frozen chicken breasts, and a quick-cooking grain make a great spontaneous meal.

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yum!!!!!!

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