So my new strategy is to reinvent leftovers. Others figured this out years ago, but it is relatively new to our home. I got tired of throwing out food!
There are so many creative chefs out there who have great re-created recipes. They whip up masterpieces as if they attended culinary school! They may have. I however, did not. I cook to taste and loosely follow recipes. I rarely have a dish taste the exact same twice.
But as a working mom (school principal) with a college student, junior high student, and an incredibly hard-working hubby, my recipes have to be flavorful and quick. My thoughts are: What can I prep and have ready in less than an hour? How can I not waste leftovers that my family won't eat? How can I disguise leftovers and recreate them in a way that they are nearly unrecognizable?
So I scour the Internet, and even reference those cooking books gathering dust in my pantry, and found a few that are winners! I get a lot of inspiration as well from cooking shows. I watch for spices used, food combinations, and tricks that help it all taste terrific.
Here are a couple of my latest re-created leftover recipes that are quick, delicious, and a hit with the family. Hope your family enjoys them as much as mine do!
Too-Many-Mashed-Potatoes Shepard's Pie
- Any amount of leftover mashed potatoes (2+ cups is best)
- 1 lb. ground meat (turkey or beef)
- 1 cup diced carrots
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1 cup diced onion
- Light Olive Oil
- Salt, Pepper Herbs de Provence
- Unsalted Butter
- Saute the carrots, celery, onion in Light Olive Oil until onions translucent
- Brown ground meat
- Add salt, pepper and Herbs de Provence to meat to taste
- Mix the sauteed carrots, celery, onion with the ground meat
- Spread in the bottom of a glass casserole dish
- Spread mashed potatoes over the meat/veggie mix
- Add pats of unsalted butter every 4 inches down the center
- Bake at 350 for 40 minutes uncovered
- Leftover taco-meat (ground turkey or beef)
- 2 cans of layered flaky biscuits
- Baking flour
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 diced onion
- Olive Oil
- 4 beaten egg whites
- Saute the 1/2 diced onion in olive oil until translucent
- Using baking flour and a rolling pin, roll out each biscuit until thin
- Mix sauteed onion with leftover taco-meat
- On a non-stick baking sheet, lay out flattened biscuits
- Add approximately 1 table spoon of the meat mix to one side of the biscuit
- Sprinkle shredded cheddar on the meat
- Fold over the biscuit and press seams firmly to seal
- Brush beaten egg whites over the top of each biscuit
- Bake at 375 for ~20 minutes (option to also follow the recommended baking time on the can of biscuits)
Got a great favorite leftover recipe? Please share or link in the comments below!
As I find new ones, I will happily share here.
Be Blessed & Happy cooking!