Frugal Living: Turning leftovers into something new

United States
January 20, 2023 9:37pm CST
Last night, I cooked a meal after having been away for vacation. I had enough leftover that I was able to turn it into another somewhat different meal. Tonight's dinner was the same lemon chicken dish, but I added vegetables--yellow beens, and red and orange bell peppers --that I had up in the freezer. We ate it with the leftover rice. I also made a side salad of greens and cucumber. There is one more serving of chicken and veggies for a quick meal this weekend. I also made a dessert--soft-serve "ice cream" made in my Vitamix blender using frozen red grapes, a few frozen strawberries, and some heavy cream. Photo is my own.
The last thing that I actually really cooked for dinner was two weeks ago. Before I left for Mexico, I have been eating up leftovers, and soups that I had...
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• Defuniak Springs, Florida
21 Jan
I have been eyeballing a vitamix. .maybe when I get my taxes back.
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• United States
21 Jan
I've had a Vitamix since 2007.
• Defuniak Springs, Florida
21 Jan
@TheSojourner I had a friend in Pensacola who had one, and I've used it for smoothies and soups.
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• United States
21 Jan
@Deepizzaguy (77527)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
21 Jan
I am happy for you that you enjoyed your meal this evening.
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• United States
21 Jan
Thank you
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@ifa225 (12593)
• Indonesia
21 Jan
I like to cook in a big portion, then I divide it into several amount and put them in freezer. Whenever I am lazy to cook, I will take that one small portion so there's no left over food
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@ifa225 (12593)
• Indonesia
21 Jan
@TheSojourner it saves time too
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• United States
21 Jan
@ifa225 Indeed!
• United States
21 Jan
That is definitely a great way to do it!
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@much2say (50582)
• Los Angeles, California
21 Jan
You added more colors . Ohhh, I wanna make that soft serve !
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@much2say (50582)
• Los Angeles, California
22 Jan
@TheSojourner I have put grapes in the freezer and forgotten about them . Glad you found a use . . . tastier than just plain ice cubes!
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• United States
21 Jan
I wasn't sure how the grapes would do in it, but I did that and added a couple other strawberries. And it was fine. I just needed to use up those grapes!
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• United States
24 Jan
@much2say Those, which I had, seemed a bit "sticky," but putting the in the Vitamix with cream and a few strawberries made them perfect as "soft serve"!!
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@LadyDuck (426348)
• Switzerland
21 Jan
I cooked an easy dinner yesterday, Greek koftas and Tzatziki. I am planning an easy dinner also tonight. My husband asked for a Chinese orange chicken with steamed rice for tomorrow.
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• United States
21 Jan
Yes, to celebrate the Chinese new year. Sounds delicious.
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@LadyDuck (426348)
• Switzerland
21 Jan
@TheSojourner Correct, to celebrate Chinese New Year.
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• United States
21 Jan
@LadyDuck This is the year of the Rabbit. Both my daughter and RGD are rabbits.
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@Sojourn (13821)
• India
21 Jan
I am especially eager to know how you prepare the greens?
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• United States
21 Jan
I just made a green salad with cucumber and used a little bit of oil and vinegar dressing
@jstory07 (125129)
• Roseburg, Oregon
21 Jan
I like making another different meal with left overs.
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• United States
21 Jan
It's fun when we can turn it into something different!
@LindaOHio (114176)
• United States
21 Jan
It all sounds good.
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• United States
21 Jan
Thank you, Linda
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