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Having been raised by two people who grew up during the Depression, throwing food away is a mortal sin! My mother didn’t have to worry too much as feeding a family of eight, there wasn’t ever much left over. But with my smaller family, I’ve had to learn the art of turning leftovers into new meals.

  • leftover scrambleFun Fried Rice – Leftover pork, beef, or chicken plus some extra vegetables like peppers, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, etc. easily makes a fried rice supper. Add some soy sauce, garlic, sriracha, and maybe ginger; and you’re ready to eat. And all you really had to do was cook some rice!
  • Quiche a la Leftovers – Eggs and cheese are two things I always have on hand. I keep frozen pie crusts in the freezer too. Then leftover veggies become something special. Leftover chopped up meats can be added too. Pair with a salad, and you’ve got an easy elegant meal.
  • No Trash Tacos – Mexican is always popular at our house. Almost any kind of leftover meat can be spiced up with a little taco seasoning. Add cheese, shredded lettuce, and sour cream and you’ve got a creative take on tacos. Leftover corn, raw onion, radish, cucumber, and tomatoes, all work well too.
  • Scrap Soup – Every time we roast a chicken or a turkey, we simmer the carcass to make stock. That’s also a perfect opportunity to make scrap soup. Chop or shred any kind of leftover meat or fish, add literally any kind of leftover vegetable, and even throw in leftover pasta or rice!
  • Use Your Noodle – We had leftover venison loin last week and I cubed it to make “beef” and noodles. With onions, carrots, and broth, I made gravy for the meat and then added egg noodles. With a salad on the side and a glass of wine, it made a lovely dinner for two!
  • Potluck Scrambled Eggs – My dad always loved leftover potatoes fried up and scrambled with eggs. Actually I think almost any previously cooked meat or vegetable can be fried up the next day and scrambled with eggs!  Just start with a little onion and finish with cheese – delish!

The less food we throw away, the less food ends up in landfills where the vast quantity and concentration produces gases that are harmful to the environment. And if that’s not a good enough reason to love leftovers, just remember, “There are children starving in China!”