Leftovers anyone? What do you do with food leftover from big family meals?

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@Bexley (30)
United States
November 10, 2006 10:28am CST
The holiday season is getting near and everyone will be preparing those delicious meals for family and friends. Usually, when we cook a big meal, there is a lot of food left over. The problem is "What do we do with it?". Sometimes, we save it in the refrigerator for the next day, however it could be overlooked and we still end up throwing it away. Other times, we may send some of the food home with a family member{this is my choice}. Then, there are times, when it just doesn't seem like enough to save and we throw it away. What do you do?
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• United States
18 Nov 06
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Well, we do a little bit of all of these. Food doesn't seem to last too long around here, between my fiance and my son. They love to eat. I do send leftovers in my fiance's lunch. He really enjoys them, and they have a microwave at work so he can heat up anything that needs warmed. One of our favorite things with leftover turkey is a family version of "turkey enchiladas". They are in a white sauce, instead of regular red or green enchilada sauce. They are also loaded with cheese and calories, lol. They prove to be very filling and warming on a chilly autumn night.
@Bexley (30)
• United States
19 Nov 06
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Creativedreamweaver, It's a great idea to send leftovers in your fiancé's lunch. With the microwave available, he can have a home cooked meal at work. I've never tried the turkey enchiladas, but they do sound tasty! Anything with cheese and calories...Yummy! Thanks for commenting. +
@brokentia (10394)
• United States
17 Nov 06
I have seven kids. If I make enough for leftovers, its nice not to have to really cook the next day. Leftover turkey is usually grilled and added to grilled cheese or in an omlette. Its really good!
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@Bexley (30)
• United States
18 Nov 06
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Brokentia, Wow, you do have a lot of cooking to do for those precious little kids. Bless your heart! I've never tried turkey grilled, but that sounds delicious. Thanks for commenting. +
@leilani47 (780)
• United States
17 Nov 06
bring it to work for lunch!
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@Bexley (30)
• United States
18 Nov 06
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leilani47, That's a great idea to take the leftovers to work for lunch. It would be something different, than the normal lunch and probably much tastier! Thanks for commenting. +
• United States
17 Nov 06
We always eat the leftovers. Mostly my boyfriend takes it all to work the next day. If there is a lot he will save some for me and I will eat it for lunch. The things we make are usually complete meals and cannot be made in to new things, which I guess could get boring. But everything I make is sooooo yummy (even the simple stuff) so we always want to eat it all. Plus we don't have a lot of money so we make sure to use what we make. That response before mine, with all of the recipe suggestions deserves a "best response"!
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@Bexley (30)
• United States
18 Nov 06
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AxranraRose, I agree, it's a good idea to eat what you make, so nothing goes to waste. It's easier to cook the right amount for two people, but when I cook for a crowd, it's harder to judge how much to cook. Then I usually send leftovers home with the kids. Thanks for your comment. +
• United States
10 Nov 06
With left offers we can make some other dishes ..check out the following few. Ham slices — Heat ham slices with your favorite barbecue sauce and serve on rolls. Meat Balls — Slice meatballs. Sauté bell pepper strips until crisp-tender, then add the meatball slices to the pan to heat through. Use as a sandwich filling for French or Italian bread, adding warmed spaghetti sauce as desired. Meat Loaf — Blend a can of cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup with 3/4 cup milk. Spread about 1/3 of this on the bottom of a casserole dish. Layer slices of leftover meat loaf and mashed potatoes over this. Top with the remaining soup mixture. Bake at 325 degrees F for about 45 minutes. Oatmeal — Add cooked oatmeal to pancake or muffin batter. Pancakes — Sprinkle with a cinnamon-sugar mixture, then roll up and eat. Pie dough — Roll dough very thin, dot with butter, then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Roll up, slice off 1-inch pieces and bake flat side down. Kids love these! Poultry — Make it into a sandwich filling by mincing or grinding the meat, then mixing it with onions, celery, pickles and salad dressing. Roast Pork — Cut into slivers and add to a vegetable stir-fry. Salmon — Combine chunks of salmon with chopped sweet pickles and diced onions for a great sandwich filling. Steak — Heat slices of steak with sour cream, diced onions, garlic, pepper, 1 can of cream of mushroom soup and enough water to make a nice sauce. Serve over egg noodles. — Slice it very thin, then heat up in a skillet with sliced green bell pepper, slivered onion and fajita seasoning. Serve in warmed flour tortillas as fajitas.
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@Bexley (30)
• United States
10 Nov 06
Chef With Dish - Ah, a marvelous dish!
These are great ideas for using leftovers and creating a completely new dish. I especially love leftover ham, meatloaf and roast beef. Yummy! Thanks so much for your post. Gave you a +.
@rsmith512 (1561)
• United States
19 Nov 06
Kids eating - kids eating
In our house, sometimes we make enough for leftovers! Its nice to not have to make a meal everyday, so we have what we call, "Leftover Night"!But, sometimes leftovers pile up and when you here, "Leftover Night", it just becomes a pain and all you hear are moans! And, when the time FINALLY comes when the leftovers turn bad, you have to through them away. As for when there is very little left, someone (eventhough they maybe full) scarfs it down!!!