I need Meals that i can transform into leftover meals.

Megan - posted on 04/01/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I need dinner ideas that i can turn into another meal with the leftover with that one please.
Leftovers never get eaten at my place!
I already the whole chicken idea than use the leftover chicken for other things like chicken cassarole and chicken tacos.

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Chris - posted on 04/08/2011

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A new favorite in my house is leftover frittatas. We heat up the meat and veggies together, add some lightly beaten eggs and cook until the eggs are set. It's not always very pretty, but you can top it with cheese and/or put in a tortilla and no one knows!

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Sally - posted on 12/10/2013

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Most of my leftover recipes are also about extending use, but maybe some of the ideas will help. Also, if people won't eat leftovers at your house, maybe you need to not cook something new until they do. At our house, if there is leftover last night's dinner in the fridge, I don't cook lunch. If someone doesn't want to eat the leftovers, they can be hungry until dinner. Missing one meal never hurt anybody and my kids are a lot more willing to eat stuff they thought they didn't want if that's all there is.
Almost any leftover meat or vegetables can be chopped and mixed with broth to make soup. Almost any soup or stew can be extended and "made new" with the addition of rice or noodles and by garnishing it with chopped herbs, crushed crackers or chips, or shredded cheese. A large chunk of roast meat can be shredded and mixed with sauce for sandwiches. Seasoned grilled meat leftovers are good chopped into salad or onto pizza or shredded and mixed with mayonnaise to become a sandwich spread or that sandwich spread can be mixed with noodles to become a salad. Leftover meat can be chopped into gravy to put on mashed potatoes or noodles or rice. Meatloaf is especially good for this. Leftover breakfast breads can be chopped and mixed with whatever mixture you dip bread in for French toast and baked as a casserole.
The best leftover plan I've ever seen came from the dorm I worked at in college. Monday's leftover hamburgers became Tuesday's taco meat, which became Wednesday's enchiladas, then Thursday's enchilada casserole, and finally Fridays leftover enchilada casserole before the miniscule amount left was finally thrown away.

Mimi - posted on 04/06/2011

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I turn my leftover potroast into shredded bbq beef sandwiches. You can throw chopped up leftover steak and veggies in tomato soup for beef veggie soup.

Dara - posted on 04/05/2011

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Soups are great for leftovers! I always keep a carton of chicken stock on hand and will often throw in my leftover meat, veggies, rice and pasta into some broth and cook it up that way. It works for chicken, beef, even spaghetti and sauce with tomato soup.

Tami - posted on 04/05/2011

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No Need to cook specifically with leftovers in mind. No matter what you have left make Stir fry! not your actual chinese stir fry but what I call leftover stir fry. Any meat leftovers can be cut into small chunks, simmer with onion and garlic and a little olive oil or butter. Add leftover veggies or fresh stir fry veggies. You can add any leftover gravy or sauce if you have any or make your own with a little butter, milk and flour and buollion cubes. Put this on top of mashed potatoes or rice or into wraps (without adding any gravy).

You can also ,make a shepards pie out of meat and veggie leftovers, or a leftover stew. Add chicken or beef broth to you leftovers adding fresh onions, carrots celery, etc. You can also make just enough from your leftovers so there are no leftovers from the second go round. Good luck

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