Quickie Ways to Make Leftover Magic

Introduction:Frugal cooks know how stretch the food budget using leftovers. Here are a few quickie ways to make leftover magic.

  • 01

    Voila! Yesterday's Meatloaf, Tomorrow's Chili

    Sauté carrot pennies (round pieces of carrot), red or yellow bell pepper and onion in a small amount of olive oil. Crumble yesterday's meatloaf into small pieces and heat through. Open a can or two of chili and a can of crushed tomatoes. Add to meatloaf mixture. Stir until hot. Top with sour crème and grated cheese.

  • 02

    Transform Stale Brownies into Elegant Parfait

    No self-respecting cook would toss out stale brownies! Crumble the leftover brownies. In parfait glasses or small glass bowls, layer brownies, sliced strawberries and vanilla yogurt. Top with walnuts or pecans. Change the berries, switch up the nuts and your parfait dishes will become a bottomless source of elegant desserts fit for company.

  • 03

    Quickie Crème Soups

    Get the leftover vegetables, such as peas, carrots, beans, hominy or "what evers" from the fridge. Simmer minced garlic and chicken broth (leftover if you have it) about ten minutes. Puree everything in the blender. Pour pureed ingredients in sauce pan and stir in no fat half-and-half to soup consistency. Heat, stirring occasionally. Top with flavored croutons if desired

  • 04

    Quickie Pudding Cake

    Cut left over cake into bite sized pieces. Prepare your favorite pudding according to box directions. Fold cake into pudding mixture. Sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg or candied ginger. Best served warm.

  • 05

    Abracadabra Stew

    My kids thought I made cooking magic when I transformed the weekend's pot roast into a delicious stew. Neither would eat stew meat because it was too "stringy".

    You can abracadabra your own version or follow these quickie directions: cube leftover pot roast and put in large stew pot, along with leftover potatoes, carrots, onion and remaining liquid from roast. Open cans of: baby green peas, white corn and crushed tomatoes. Add to leftover mixture. Bring to a gentle boil.

    If you don't cook your pot roast with potatoes, carrots and onion, substitute brown rice for the potatoes.




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