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I would love some good left over recipes

I have all sorts of left overs in my fridge all the time. I would appreciate any recipes that work well with left overs. Don't worry what kind of foods I eat, I have such a variety of left overs that I will probably be able to use what ever recipe you give me.

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  1. Hi Gem, I don't really have recipes, but do a lot of staring into the refridgerator and cooking with whatever jumps out at me or falls on my head when I open the freezer. Right now I have a vat of turkey stock and a vat of lamb stock cooking on the stove, part of what fell on my head when I opened the freezer. The lamb stock will go into a lamb stew or a barley soup, I am still thinking about the turkey. I make a lot of fried rice, soups, curries and lasagna's. Hash is also a good way to use up leftovers.
    I think the key is to have a well stocked pantry and spice rack so that what whatever leftover you have in the fridge can be parlayed into something else.

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    1. re: NE_Elaine

      If I have meatloaf in the fridge (and I do) I'll use it up making tacos. In skillet with more chopped onions and a tablespoon of salsa crumble the leftover meatloaf a bit of stock to loosen it up, heat through and do tacos as usual. For the kid who doesn't like meatloaf the tacos mysteriously disappear.

      There is always chicken leftover in the fridge from the night before. Remove all the bits of chicken and put it on a pie shell (made or bought) with cut up par boiled potatoes and 1/2 a bag of frozen peas and carrots season with salt and pepper top with canned/ jarred or home made gravy add with other half of pie crust and bake. Quick chicken pot pie.

      1. re: iL Divo

        Hi iL Divo,

        I make a lot of veggie dishes but your ideas will work for them as well so thank you. I am** not** a vegetarian I just eat a lot of veggies. I eat meat on occasion though.

        Thank you.

      2. re: NE_Elaine

        Hi NE_Elaine,

        I appreciate your comment some great ideas there. Now I know what to do with some stocks.

        Thank you

      3. Personally, I (for the most part) have fun trying to re-invent leftovers into something new all on my own.
        However, sometimes I do go to the following link when I have something that really needs to be used and I'm just stuck for ideas.


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        1. re: Bryan Pepperseed

          Bryan - Thank you for posting this!!! I thought BigOven was a software program. I was able to download the site to my 'droid. Love this.

          Also, for leftovers, try Barbara Kafka's "Roasting." Lots of recipes there.

          1. re: Bryan Pepperseed

            Hello Bryan Pepperseed,

            Thanks so much for the link I didn't think about looking for a link for leftovers. I should have realized there would be one, because if you look hard enough the internet has a site for almost every thing.:)
            thank you for letting me know about big oven.

          2. I'm guessing you would have heard of Bubble and Squeak already, as a way to use up leftover roast meat and veges - but just in case you haven't, here is a recipe plus some background info:


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            1. re: ursy_ten

              Hi ursy_ten,

              No I actually haven't heard of Bubble and Squeak but I looked it up and it looks good for a lot of the left overs I usually have. Thank you also for the link I can use all the help I can get with the left over mountain I usually have in my fridge. :)

            2. Things to do with left over plain rice

              Fried rice
              Congee (jook) - it's really yummy and has a gazillion variations
              Creamed rice (rice pudding)
              Arancini balls

              (I don't have recipes for these per se, I just wing it - but if you google them you'll get hundreds of examples!)

              Plus here is a recent addition to my repertoire that I really like:

              Avgolemono soup (Greek lemon and chicken soup)

              I know that with some of these the original recipe calls for uncooked rice, but I find that the (slight) difference it makes to the flavour / texture is a trade off for being able to use up left overs - plus, cooking time is often shortened. In some cases, you might need to adapt the original recipe a little.

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              1. re: ursy_ten


                Thanks again for the rice leftover ideas also. I really appreciate it.

              2. Leftover meat is easy -- a pie as above (leftover lamb often gets put in a Shepherd's pie, leftover roast beef becomes a cottage pie) -- chicken especially gets chopped and stirred into a cream sauce and some quick-blanched broccoli for a quick Chicken Alfredo...chopped and tossed with stir-fry veggies and poured over rice... (hey, I've been known to buy a rotisserie chicken just so I've got something to make chicken pot pie with!)

                A friend of my mom's used to make something called Sludge (appetizing, huh?) -- it's a couple of handfuls of meat (leftover anything, a couple cans of tuna)...a couple of cups of a vegetable (leftover peas, carrots, broccoli, whatever)...and a cooked starch (pasta, rice, couscous, etc.)...gets warmed with a can of Campbell's mushroom soup (I use a carton of Bechamel and a couple of spoonsful of creme fraiche, because I can't buy condensed soup!)...and stir til heated through (add milk if it's too thick). (you could also dress it up by baking it under some bread crumbs). Ain't fancy, but it's filling and warm and uses up the leftovers.

                Then there's what my family calls garbage soup...when you clean out the fridge, and what doesn't go in the soup, goes in the garbage -- it's a great way to use up all the little bits of meat and veggies and rice and pasta. Simmer it all in a couple of quarts of stock...again -- you'd never serve it to company, but it works great to get rid of all those Saran-wrapped bowls you've got stacked in the fridge.

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                1. re: sunshine842

                  Thank you sunshine842,

                  Some very useful ideas here. I have so many leftovers because I don't do this sort of thing so great idea for me.

                2. This is righ up my alley. We hate wasting money or food but stretching leftovers is not always appealing. Here are some ways I save or reuse leftovers:
                  Grind old ends of bread into bread crumbs for recipes.
                  Stretch leftover meats like shredded chicken or pork with a can of beans. You can use to bake enchilladas or burritos.
                  If you made a pasta dish you could turn the leftovers into a casserole- moisten with more sauce (if theres no sauce make a quick roux or use campbells if you must).
                  An egg strata- millions of recipes online- you just need to know the eggs:milk:stale bread ratio. Add leftover veggies accordingly.
                  Make a quiche! See above
                  Leftover hard ends of various cheeses should be combined into a cheese sauce... For mac n cheese or rarebit mmmmmm
                  Tortilla pizza is my favorite way to use leftovers and its FAST. 450-500 degree oven, thinly layer leftover sauce, veggies, meat, a tiny bit of cheese, on small flour tortillas, and into the oven for about 5 minutes.
                  Leftover steak or London broil? I toss that onto a green salad with any other salad trimmings I'm feeling that day.

                  What else do you have in your fridge? Bet I can come up with something to do with it!

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                  1. re: iheartcooking

                    Hi iheartcooking,

                    I have some jalapenos, artichoke, onion, jack cheese,,cauliflower,hotdogs carrots,hummus, hot dog buns, noodles(japanese style and chinese style). I know some weird stuff but that is the kind of left overs I end up with.:) I have many spices a lot of indian spices and typical spices you can buy in the regular store. If you can think of it I probably have it or can make it from the spices I have. We have lots of spaghetti, macaroni,rice,amaranth,quinoa,dry beans various types white,red and black beans,rice stick noodles, tomato paste, mandarin oranges in the can,sugar, flour,cocoa,bakers chocolate. if I don't have something I can buy it if it will help me get rid of what I already have.

                    I doubt if this is everything but it is most of what I have now. Got any ideas?

                    We eat vegetables and grains most of the time but on occasion I buy some meat and fish.

                    Thanks for the help.

                  2. This thread might be useful too - favourite ways to use leftover chicken.

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                    1. re: ursy_ten

                      Hi ursy_ten,

                      I will check that site out when I have some chicken in my fridge to use up. Thank you. You have been very helpful.

                      Take Care

                    2. If you have leftover grains like quinoa, you can turn it into a breakfast porridge: http://culinography.wordpress.com/200...

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                      1. re: blinknoodle

                        Hi blinknoodle,

                        Since you use quinoa do you know how long it can be kept before it goes bad and the best thing to keep it in?

                        I have some but am not sure if I should just throw it out or if it is still good. It hasn't been cooked yet.

                        Thank you