Thursday, January 27, 2011


When you suddenly find yourself going from a family of 7 or more to a family of 1 or 2, cooking gets tricky.  There are ALWAYS leftovers.  You open a jar of spaghetti sauce and you have to eat Italian for a week!  We've all been there, right?  Well, that doesn't go over super great at our house.  Left overs may get taken for lunch once, but after that?  Then what?  Well, here's some ideas I have come up with.

Beef Burgundy one night makes great beef stew another night.  Just boil and add some potatoes and carrots!  Two menu items for the thought of one?! Yes please!

If you make home made chili, you can eat it as soup one night, and then put it on baked potatoes, in cornbread casserole, or on fry breads for Navajo Tacos.  They won't even know it's leftovers!

Too much french toast?  Make bread pudding!

Use that spaghetti sauce for something else!  It works great for pizza or Shepherds pie.  Hey, use those leftover mashers too!

Noodles left over?  If you use penne or bowtie pasta, you can make awesome casseroles or chicken pasta salad the next day.

Can't use that spinach or other dark greens fast enough?  Cram it in the blender with some fruit, juice, and yogurt, and pass it off as a smoothie.

Use heels of bread, old potato chips or dry biscuits in your meatloaf.

Use left over roast to make barbecue. Use left over barbecue to make pulled pork(or beef) grilled cheese.

Send those left over baked potatoes through a ricer or food mill and make gnocchi(it's stuffed pasta made with potato starch!)

Ok, that's all I can think of just now.  Do you guys have any ideas?