Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Leftover Makeovers

There are several fast and yummy ways to get rid of your leftovers without them resembling the original meal AND only doing your major cooking chores about 3 times a week (for those of you not in love with cooking!), you just have to throw a little more (not alot) in your original pot. For instance,
  • Sunday's roast chicken with rice and a salad,
  • Monday's pot roast with mashed potatoes and veggie medley and
  • Tuesday's Spaghetti and meatballs with salad and garlic bread

The rest of your week can be transformed like so:

  • Wednesday chicken fajitas with spanish rice (Sunday's chicken cut up with peppers and onions and seasonings added - plus leftover Sunday rice with chopped onion, garlic and seasonings added, and a few tortillas),
  • Thursday beef stroganoff from the leftover pot roast adding egg noodles, mushrooms, sour cream and seasoning, veggie medley on the side as is or you can add a little cheese sauce
  • Friday's meatball sub - just add cheese and a bun(or use your garlic bread), with a salad on the side
Salad components are generally stored separated anyway and can show up again as a side dish for any meal and veggie medley can be added to a casserole or just show up as a side dish again. Re-used side dishes are better if served with a new main course than with the same main course again.Things to consider when re-using leftovers:fajitas, quesadillas, enchiladas, stir fry, casseroles, homemade pizza (any style), soups (add a few beans for protein and filler).

Get creative, and let me know some of the things you do to stretch your meals out - I need new ideas too!

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