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sarahann1978 posted:
I know this topic isn't exactly parenting related, but since we do the WFD post I would love to hear any ideas you all have. So do you have ways of re-tweaking leftovers to make them new and exciting?

My family is not big on leftovers and I try to eat them for lunch, but often get tired of them, or don't have time to eat them before they go bad so I end up throwing away a lot of food.

So for instance if I have left over roast I wil shred it and add BBQ sauce for sandwiches or wraps.

Leftover mashed potatoes I make into potato cakes.

Leftover ham goes into omlets or ham and bean soup.

What recipes do you have?
Sarah (33) DH (31) DS (Jan 2009) baby girl (Aug 2012)
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cyn22mull responded:
Hi Sarah!! I am not big on leftovers either. My problem is DH doesnt eat much meat (no chicken, or beef, no roast's) So I freeze some and invite my sister for dinner alot Now when I cook chicken for dinner I usually only cook 2 breast's at a time since it's just DS and I eating it, so I generally do not have much chicken leftover.

Leftover ham - I make ham salad (i use mayo, spicy mustard, and a bit of relish and put it in the food precessor, i like it as a dip with pretzels) , ham sandwhich, omlets, ham and bean soup, and scalloped potato's

Leftover meatloaf - I make meatloaf sandwich (I know it sounds weird, but I eat it cold with mayo, ketchup, and pickles, kind of like a hamburger but I would not eat a hamburger cold....) and sometimes I mash it up and use it in spaghetti sauce

Leftover taco meat I usually freeze for the next time or I make taco salad.

Leftover roast I also add BBQ sauce and shred it.

Leftover chicken if i make it without a sauce then I put it in crock pot with onions, peppers, and salsa for chicken taco's
Cindy (35) Scott (39) DS Christopher 3
 
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jlynnpaine responded:
We almost always either take our leftovers for lunches the next day or if there is a lot, freeze them for another meal.

Leftover ham I freeze and save for ham and cheese sandwiches, potato soup, or just to eat again another day.

Leftover chicken almost always goes on green salads to add a little protein. Depending on how you cook it, you could also use it in the taco soup recipe I shared.

Leftover burger I freeze and then make tacos, hamburger helper, or chili with.
Jodi (28), DH (24), Shaelynn (2), DD2 (due 5/16)
 
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sarah0323 responded:
Lurking...

I repurpose leftovers. Here are some things that I do:

Hamburger, Taco Meat, Spag Sauce I freeze it in a bowl and add to it as needed. When the bowl is full I make chili out of it. No it doesn't always taste the exact same but it doesn't go to waste.

Ham-- Ham fried rice, ham salad sandwiches, scalloped potatoes and ham, ham and beans,

Roast--BBQ sandwiches, stew, roast beef sandwiches

Chicken -- on top of salads, chop to make chicken salad sandwiches, shredded BBQ sandwiches, chicken taco's

Boiled eggs -- Egg Salad sandwiches, add to chicken or tuna for salad sandwiches, deviled eggs, potatoe salad, pasta salad

Baked Potatoes -- Cut up and fry ( in some PAM) add some eggs, cheese and tortilla and you have a breakfast burrito

Left over soups, vegetables - If we have a lot I will make a sheppard's pie.

I also take leftovers for lunch. I also freeze lunch size portions and just grab and go. (Your own version of a microwave meal)


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