Using Leftovers - Love Food Not Waste

by Diane B
(Bristol UK)

In the UK, we have a dish called Bubble and Squeak. I don't know where the name comes from, but it's a Monday night special in our house.

After the traditional Sunday roast, Monday night is cold meat, pickles and bubble and squeak.

Traditionally it's mashed potatoes and cabbage mixed together and fried, but we use any of the leftover vegetables from Sunday lunch.

Just heat some oil in a pan, mix all the veggies with the potato and fry. You can make potato cakes if you want to exercise some portion control, and you can add some spices or herbs if you want to zap it up a bit.

Fry till the outside of the potato forms a delicious crust.

The other big benefit is that you know that you have something quick on Monday night after that first day back at work.

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Leftovers Can Be Gourmet Dinners!

by Lora
(Pa., USA)

Even Kids Love Brussels Sprouts!

Even Kids Love Brussels Sprouts!

After years and years... and years of cooking, you get pretty good at it, I guess, and creative too. This meal is not really a recipe as it is an attempt to inspire those creative dinner ideas.

One night, a few years back, I looked in the refrigerator for something for dinner. I saw some leftover chicken - but not enough to feed us all. I saw some leftover ham... not enough either, though.

I was feeling fairly determined to make something out of that ham and chicken so that it wouldn't be wasted. Not to mention, I neglected to defrost anything else.

Wheels started spinning when I realized that I had fresh pineapple - ham and pineapple - That's Great! I also had fresh brussels sprouts.

Pure courage took over when I decided to try to mix all these things together. Remember... nothing else was defrosted (and it was after 6pm as it was).

I placed all the ingredients in a large casserole dish - chicken, ham, brussels sprouts, pineapple (with the juice) diced garlic, salt and pepper (maybe some olive oil - can't remember) and roasted until the sprouts were tender.

I nervously presented the concoction (that looked very beautiful, actually) with a side of rice.

It was devoured by husband and CHILDREN! It's so funny because it was unintentionally awesome and a meal that we all remember still. Ha! Gourmet Leftovers!


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Freezer Delight

by Carol
(MA)

After every meal, there always seems to be a bit of leftovers. Maybe enough for one more serving, but not enough to (save) as leftovers for another family meal. So... instead of tossing it in the garbage, if I have enough left over from (any) meal, it gets put into a plastic freezer container, marked and dated, and then into the freezer. There are five in my family: I have 3 kids, my husband, and myself. At least a couple times a month, when everyone is coming home late for whatever reason, there isn't much time to prepare a big meal, so I can just grab 5 of those frozen meals from the freezer, and pop them into the microwave. Depending on the time I have, I might throw together a salad, or heat some soup to go with it, but mostly its just bread and butter!

Everyone seems to have their own favorite meal, so we each get to pick which one we want. Rarely is there an argument over who gets what.

Sometimes the kids ask for "Freezer Delight".

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