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Leftovers--I Need Help

Euonymous Apr 16, 2011 09:26 PM

Hello People,

As the title says, I need some help with leftovers. I have a little bit of beef, a little bit of pork, a little bit of chicken, and a little bit of fish. I'm not sure what I can do with all these little bits, but I'd rather not throw them out.

I was thinking about a fried rice of some kind, but really don't know how to do it.

Thank you so much for your help,


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  1. todao RE: Euonymous Apr 16, 2011 09:35 PM

    I might use the fish in a salad. A fried rice for the remaining proteins (mixed or not) would be interesting, but I might stretch to a chow mien with snow peas, green onions, and some water chestnuts.

    1. goodhealthgourmet RE: Euonymous Apr 16, 2011 09:52 PM

      how little is a "little bit," and are there any distinct flavors or spices already on them?

      - shred the chicken and use it to make chicken salad.
      - flake the fish and combine with egg, mustard, panko and seasonings...form into a patty and bake or pan-fry.
      - use the beef & pork in a stir fry or fried rice.

      1. Cherylptw RE: Euonymous Apr 16, 2011 10:00 PM

        I'm thinking the chicken and/or pork would go great in Yock, a noodle dish similar to spaghetti (I actually use spaghetti instead of the Yock a mein noodles). The sauce is super simple, made with ketchup, cider vinegar, water, some brown sugar to cut the vinegar, a bit of soy sauce, as much or little hot sauce and/or crushed red pepper flakes as you like. I also add garlic and onion powder; simmer the sauce for about 15 minutes. Cook the noodles separate then allow them to simmer together at the last 5-10 minutes before serving. Stir in some thinly sliced lightly seared onion and shaved carrot for crunch AND the meat of your choice. I make this every Saturday and sell out. Easy, inexpensive, filling and you can use bits & pieces of what you have on hand. Today I used leftover pork roast; last week, leftover pork chops

        1. ursy_ten RE: Euonymous Apr 16, 2011 10:23 PM

          Are they cooked already? How about some kind of meatlovers pizza?

          Personally, I'd go with the fried rice idea.

          Or if they're not cooked, I'd mince them up in the food processor with some ginger and garlic, plus a little soy and shallots for won ton filling. Great deep fried or put in a soup.

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          1. re: ursy_ten
            goodhealthgourmet RE: ursy_ten Apr 16, 2011 10:31 PM

            won tons (or pot stickers). brilliant! love it :)

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet
              ursy_ten RE: goodhealthgourmet Apr 16, 2011 10:42 PM

              Yeah, they're soooo goooood. Now I want some!

            2. re: ursy_ten
              TheHuntress RE: ursy_ten Apr 17, 2011 12:04 AM

              Wontons are the best!

            3. Cheese Boy RE: Euonymous Apr 16, 2011 10:35 PM

              Those "little" quantities of ingredients are crying out for Singapore Rice Noodle recipes.

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              1. re: Cheese Boy
                Harters RE: Cheese Boy Apr 17, 2011 04:58 AM

                +1. It shouts Singapore Noodles to me as well.

                Depending on what fish it is, that might also go in at a pinch.

              2. Hank Hanover RE: Euonymous Apr 16, 2011 11:24 PM

                Except for the fish, you could throw them all into a rice pilaf or risotto. Otherwise, I like the fried rice or lo mein idea.

                1. jenscats5 RE: Euonymous Apr 17, 2011 08:40 AM

                  Also have to agree on the fried rice idea....I use already seasoned leftover meats for mine as well. I just take some cooked rice, 1 beaten egg, whatever meats (cooked) and some veggies. Since it's all cooked, it just needs to be heated up in a pan - I put the egg in in the beginning to cook it.

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