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November 13th, 2007 at 06:10 pm

Here are a few quick ideas to make new meals from leftovers (BA, are you listening??? We WILL get you cooking!).
1st meal: baked ham (really easy, since they come precooked - just boil and/or bake in the oven).
2nd meals: scalloped potatoes and ham, ham and cheese omelettes, ham sandwiches for an easy lunch.
Finale: ham and bean soup, made with the bone and a bit of leftover ham.

1st meal: Roast chicken (you can even cheat and get the rotisserie chicken from the grocery store - it's actually pretty cost effective, although I do like to roast my own with butter, garlic, rosemary, and sage)
2nd meals: chicken salad sandwiches (add mayo, walnuts, grapes, apples, celery, cheese), chicken fajitas or enchiladas, chicken cacciatore (peppers, onions, tomato sauce)
Finale: What else? Chicken noodle soup (with the bones to make broth, then strain and add leftover chicken, celery, carrots, onion, noodles)

1st meal: TURKEY!!!!!!!!
2nd meals: turkey sandwiches, turkey divan, turkey pasta.
FInale: turkey noodle soup (could you guess?)

1st meal: meatloaf
2nd meals: fried meatloaf sandwiches with cheese and bacon
finale: crumble meatloaf into a soup (add tomatoes or tomato sauce, water, pasta, Italian herbs, and veggies such as zucchini, peas, potatoes, celery, onion, carrots, etc).

1st meal: roast beef
2nd meal: roast beef hash (cubed and fry leftover beef, potatoes, carrots), cold or hot roast beef sandwiches (make gravy or use store-bought for hot beef), shread and season for fajitas or tacos.
Finale: Make soup.

Got it? Of course, you can always just reprise the 1st meal for an encore too. Just thought I would contribute a few new ideas for meals that don't require a lot of new recipes. Once you get the basics down, you can make substitutions depending on what you have on hand (that's how this weekend's meatloaf soup, and the inspiration for this post, came about).

4 Responses to “leftovers”

  1. Broken Arrow Says:

    Ma'am, yes ma'am!

    I didn't realize I was in cooking boot camp. Eek!

  2. littlemama Says:

    Great ideas Jodi. I ran a copy of this. Smile Got any more?

  3. fern Says:

    your chicken salad sounds very tasty. I make mine with grapes, water chestnuts and walnuts.

  4. jodi Says:

    BA: STIR THAT POT! CHOP THOSE ONIONS! PLUG IN THAT CROCK POT! TAKE THAT PLASTIC OFF THE MEAT BEFORE YOU COOK IT! (sorry, couldn't resist) ARE YOU LISTENING TO ME? HUH? WE'LL MAKE A GOURMET OUT OF YOU YET!
    How's that for a drill sargeant impression Smile
    littlemama: None of the top of my head, but I'll keep thinking. I usually come up with them on the spur of the moment after looking in my fridge to see what needs to be used up. Oh, I did make Easy Ham Carbonara tonight with leftover ham (got the recipe from Receipezaar.com by doing a search for main dishes with ham).

    Fern: Sounds good. I modeled mine after Arby's Chicken Salad Market Fresh sandwich.

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