What to do with the leftovers?

Lubbock, Texas
August 23, 2008 1:41pm CST
OK company's gone and my fridge is full of leftovers. I have some braised beef tips, carrots and mashed potatoes. I think there may be a smidge of green peas and maybe some corn in the freezer. I think I'll mix beef tips with the carrots, peas and corn in a casserole dish, chop some onion up really fine and add to the potatoes, then spoon the potatoes over the meat and veggies and pop in the oven for 30 minutes or so to heat through. What are you going to do with your leftovers?
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@Chevee (5915)
• United States
23 Aug 08
Living alone, I usually cook enough to last me a couple of days, I call them left overs, I add a little more to it. And call it a meal. Some time the children come over and if there is anything they want they get it too. I try not to waste.
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• Lubbock, Texas
23 Aug 08
I live alone too and sometimes I try to cook enough for one meal, but I find it's more tasty to cook a meal like I would if all my family was still home and freeze it in single serving portions. I just never learned to cook for one person.
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• India
23 Aug 08
thats a really a nice thing carry one best of luck
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@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
23 Aug 08
Sounds like you have a great idea with what to do with your leftovers! We usually don't have leftovers as I only cook as much as we will eat except for Thanksgiving we always have leftovers then I usually end up sending some home with my mom and we heat stuff up for a few days.
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• Lubbock, Texas
23 Aug 08
I really envy anyone who can judge it that closely and not have leftovers! I love Thanksgiving! I finally learned to do so much more with left over turkey than turkey salad and turkey sandwiches!
• Philippines
23 Aug 08
i have left over pesto so i guess i will just be putting it on grilled chicken. it goes well with my left over white rice, which i plan to fry, add a lil soysauce & carrots, peas & scrambled eggs. i suggest, if you still have lots of mashed potatoes, make parmesan-potato balls out of it. Just add parmesan cheese, roll in bread crumbs and fry it til golden brown. I've tried that and its yummy!
• Lubbock, Texas
23 Aug 08
MMMMM! your pesto suggestions sound wonderful. So does the mashed potato balls. I usually chop up some onion very fine, add an egg, some baking powder and enough flour to make it a good stiff dough and drop spoons full into hot oil to fry. I like the sound of the Parmesan and bread crumbs.
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
23 Aug 08
I usually give mine to the dog, as we rarely ever use them. If not fed to the dog they sit in the refrigerator until they turn into what looks like a science experiment gone horribly wrong
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
23 Aug 08
I usually eat the leftovers for lunch on the days my husband is at work. It makes for a quick meal and that way I only have to cook one major meal a day. Or if we have a lot then we will have "leftover night". We'll all pick different combos of leftovers and reheat it all for supper.
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• United States
23 Aug 08
My kids decided one night that they were going to cook dinner and have it ready when my husband and I got home from work. They heated up every thing in the fridge. What a hodge podge of a meal that was. But, it was nice not to have to worry about dinner that night.
@cjgrooms (4456)
• United States
23 Aug 08
I make other meals out of them. I can't stand the thought of throwing out perfectly good food!
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• Lubbock, Texas
23 Aug 08
I can't either. I know people that don't even give it a second thought. Sometimes I think the people I'm talking about throw more food in the garbage than they eat.
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@insulin (2483)
• Philippines
23 Aug 08
I usually fridge it and then when I am starving during night yeah while using my pc,I hate some just like pizza,burger,fried chicken..:-0 I just heat it for 10 to 15 minutes and there you go I got ma midnight snack..:-0 god bless and have a nice day
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• United States
23 Aug 08
I am not doing anything with my leftovers. I am coming to your house to eat yours!*L* Believe it or not, I have just about learned to cook just enough for the meal I am making. I haven't had any leftovers for the past 4 or 5 times I have cooked.
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• Lubbock, Texas
23 Aug 08
That's a long way to drive for dinner, but come on over! Hmm I wonder if it's any easier to cook for two than for one. Oh never mind. YES! I finally learned to cook for two just before Crissy moved out. That only took about 15 years, so maybe in another three or four I'll have the single serving thing down pat.
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• United States
23 Aug 08
Hopefully in another 3 or 4 years, I will only be cooking for 2!*LOL*
@dhalev78 (104)
• Philippines
24 Aug 08
I will recooked it to come up with another dish, just like if you have chicken adobo leftover, I will fried the leftovers to become a fried chicken, this will taste much better since it is already cooked and spiced. if you can't recooked it, i will just reheat it so it will still be eaten.
@metschica25 (5407)
• United States
24 Aug 08
That sounds like a good idea For the most part I will eat them . If left over chicken or ham maybe I will make a soup out of that meat . Also, pasta is so much better the next day ! I wonder why that is . Sometimes wit the left overs you have to get creative !
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
24 Aug 08
i would probably make a big ol' pot of soup. soup is one of my favotite things anyway. your idea sounds good to. it will sort of be like a sheperd's pie which are great.
@jerzgirl (8030)
• Gloucester City, New Jersey
24 Aug 08
Well, I just had some leftovers for breakfast this morning. I had made SOS for dinner the other night and there was a helping's worth left. I heated that up to have with my fried sticky bun (had to add protein to all those carbs or I'd have been down for the count). I love milk gravy, be it dried beef, hamburger, sausage or just country gravy!
• United States
24 Aug 08
throw them in the trash
@skbh12 (2950)
• Philippines
24 Aug 08
[b]you can recook it by adding some more ingredients to it or another thing you can also heat it up in a microwave right. if they are too many we give some to our driver for him to be able to bring home some food to eat for his family or i tell my nanny to eat all up instead of it being stored in the refrigerator for a long time before it gets rotten. hahah! happy posting and happy mylotting![/b]
@zeny_zion (1284)
• Philippines
24 Aug 08
whatever the left over is ill heat it in the morning. if its chicken or anymeat ill fry it and match it with fried rice. now, if its with sauce ill just preheat it.
@lixiaos77 (1030)
• Shijiazhuang, China
24 Aug 08
My wife don't have leftovers. So have to heat them and have them myself. Some time I will heat them respectively and some time I will mix them, according to the amount. And I don't mind the taste because I have a good appetite. But I will not add anything new to them because my wife don't have them.
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
24 Aug 08
How much time equates to left overs? I put my left over food from dinner in the frig about an hour ago, after reading your post, I suddenly became hungry. I went to the frig, dug that chicken marsala and rice and mushrooms out, nuked it, and now I am happily mylotting and eating my almost left overs
• United States
24 Aug 08
That all sounds good!! But try making fried mashed potatoe patteys.
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
24 Aug 08
I always use my left overs. In fact i try ro have some left overs to save having to cook every day. My family has such odd hours that it's hard to have regular meals any way, so there are always left overs to be warmed up for their meals.