Leftovers. Some like them, some don’t. I like to make extra food to have a break from cooking. After maybe three nights of good meals I will pull everything from the refrigerator and proclaim C.O.R.N.- Clean Out Refrigerator Night. My kids seem to like it as it gives them control over what they are eating for dinner, or so they think. We have a variety of fruits and vegetables as well as some of the main dishes from previous nights. What does not get eaten on C.O.R.N. usually gets packed for lunches, put in the freezer, or tossed if we have had it to death.
I cleaned out my refrigerator today and was dismayed to find small cubes of cheese or small bits of vegetables gone to pot. I feel bad about that because I am usually careful not to waste. I had to throw out some small jars of ingredients that I used one time only. I need to make sure I am using the entire jar from now on. With food costs rising I need to be more diligent with using leftovers. Himself does well to take them to the office for lunch but I think we could do even better.
My Ma used to use leftovers in Leftover Soup. It was quite scary really. She dumped a weeks worth of leftovers in a big pot and made soup. You never knew what you were going to get from bite to bite, especially if it was a week of a variety of dishes from raviolis, to ham and cabbage, to grilled chicken. Some of these were frightful soups. Sorry Ma but they were, admit it! But I have to say some of them were great, like I said it depended on the week of meals. My children were happy to hear that I was not going to take this path. I like Hash. A stir-fry of leftover meat with veggies and cubed potatoes. I made it for them the other day and they liked it, maybe because it had a side of cheese sauce to help it go down.
How do you use up leftovers? Share some creative ways with the rest of us. I could use some inspiration!