Quick Recipes and Easy

Leftovers – Use Them or Toss Them?

You can save money on your grocy bill if you use up those bits of vegetables, meats and sauces for a meal later in the week. In fact, you can plot to cook a roast or a whole chicken for the purpose of using the leftovers for another lunch or dinner. It’s a fantastic time saver as well as a money saver. Here are a few guidelines for using leftovers:

1. Cut leftover meat or poultry into bite-sized pieces so that they will be uniformly heated.

2. When you have a cooked meat or poultry to add to a main dish, add it after the other ingredients are mostly cooked through.

3. Prepare a sauce to serve the meat with. Add the meat for the last few minutes of cooking time.

4. Make a hash of left over meats and potatoes. Hash was a well loved leftover dish that my grandma used to make. Here’s her recipe:

Chop 1 to 2 cups of leftover meat. Then, cube an equal part of cold, cooked potatoes. Add 1 teaspoon of minced onion and 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper.

Melt butter or margarine in a frying pan (1 tablespoon for each cup of hash mixture). Spread the meat and potatoes evenly over the bottom of the pan and moisten with a small amount of milk or leftover gravy.

Cook slowly over medium-low heat about 20 minutes or until the mixture has browned on the bottom. Shake the pan occasionally to prevent sticking.

Slide out of the frying pan and into a serving dish.

You can also bake the hash in the oven. Spray cooking spray onto the sides and bottom of a casserole dish. Add hash mixture and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Beef, chicken or turkey all make tasty hash dishes.

5. Use leftover rice to make a tasty pudding dessert:

Mix 1 cup of cold white or brown rice with 1/4 cup sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

Stir in one chilled can (10 oz) of crushed pineapple, drained. Fold in 1 cup of whipped cream. Stir just long enough to blend ingredients.

Serve in sherbet glasses for a more fancy meal.

6. Another excellent way to use up leftovers is to make soup. Here’s a excellent recipe for that leftover Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey:

Remove any stout and skin from your turkey carcass. Place the bones and leftover turkey meat into a large cooking pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and skim off foam from top of water.

Add 3 chopped carrots, 3 ribs sliced celery, 1 bay leaf, 1/2 teaspoon thyme, 2 cloves garlic (minced), and 2 chopped onions.

Simmer soup for 2 to 4 hours.

Add 2 potatoes, quartered. Cook for 1/2 hour longer or until potatoes are cooked through.

Serve immediately or freeze for future use.

Impress your family and guests with creative uses of leftovers. They may never guess that they are leftovers!

Jude Wright is the webmistress of 40 websites. Visit her well loved cooking and recipe site at homestylerecipesonline.com HomestyleRecipesOnline.com

About the Author

has written 10297 stories on this site.

Write a Comment

Gravatars are small images that can show your personality. You can get your gravatar for free today!

Copyright © 2018 Quick Recipes and Easy, Gourmet Food Recipes, Gourmet Food Blog. All rights reserved. Crawler and visitors tracking tool for webmaster-SEO script - Outil de suivi des visiteurs et des robots pour webmaster Google bot last visit powered by PrMania.Net
Powered by WordPress.org, Custom Theme and Free web submit and Health Clubs Fitness
Doctor consultation canada pharmacy %{^& buy viagra professional contact us or toll free.