If your a parent I’m sure you’ve heard that before. But you have to use them right? I’ve found a million ways to use up leftovers and not have them labeled as leftovers. Somedays though, we do have leftovers. (We call them Mustgo. Everything in the fridge must go. HA!)
Tonight, for example, I took some beef-vegetable soup, thickened it and dumped it into a pie shell. I covered the top with mashed potatoes to make a sort of cottage pie. Turns out the pie shell didn’t get cooked, but it was still good. I didn’t hear a chorus of cries about having soup again because I modified it’s appearance slightly. Not to mention that it was a quick and easy way to use up both the leftover soup and the leftover mashed potatoes, and it was much easier than making cottage pie from scratch, which I’ve done and it takes a while.
Other times I’ll make up extra to remake into things. Potatoes are of course good for this. I always make a ton of mashed potatoes when I make them because then I’ll fy them as potatoe pancakes for breakfast. Same thing when I cook a pot roast in the crock pot. I load it up with carrots and potatoes. Then since they are already cooked they can make a quick hash for breakfast, or I can mash the potatoes and pan fry them as a side dish, and they take no time to cook.
Another thing I cook to use up leftovers is a frittata. All the little bits of leftover veggies can be dumped into the skillet, covered with eggs and cheese and they take on a new life. Nothing like it! Of course you can keep a bag in the freezer to add these bits of vegetables to so you can make vegetable soup with them.
For me though, a stir fry has to be the best way to use up different bits and pieces. The kids love it. I love it. It takes great and it’s flexible enough to take practically any leftover I might have in the fridge and repurpose it.
Anyway, what creative ways do you have to use up leftovers?