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Old 12-13-2010, 08:52 PM   #1
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We don't have leftovers. We don't like them so I am careful to make meals that we will eat in their entirety. With the exception of lasagna and pizza. Which we just re-heat later.
So there is no need to "reinvent" them here.
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No reinvent here either. We cook enough food to have it two days worth...so it comes out we cook every other day what is not so bad.
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Sometimes if I have leftover chicken breasts, I'll make a pasta salad and put the chicken in it.

Leftover meatloaf gets heated in the microwave or a frying pan.

My husband will usually take leftovers to work with him the next day.

If I make baked potatoes, I always make extra so I can fry them in a pan with onions and butter the next day.

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When we have pork chops left over, we slice them up with rice and fry it in a pan. Pork fried rice.
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Well since I can't seem to just cook for two.....I do have leftovers! (but I do use them)

First one that comes to mind are mashed potatoes!

I mix with some an egg and 1 tablespoon of flour and make patties, pan fry and serve as a side dish with some grilled onions.

I save vegetables and throw them into omelets, soups and stews.

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I make a big batch of soup that we eat for the week. Sometimes I'll make a "pot pie". I layer some soup, it has to be a thick soup. This week I did it with ham and potato soup. Sometimes I'll make a pie crust or just mix some bisquick with milk. Then put the soup in the pan and put the crust or bisquick on top and bake it. It's quick and hubby likes it. It's healthier than individual pot pies too.
Otherwise, if it's meat I'll make soups or pasta dishes with them. I love the idea of the pork fried rice though!
If I make beans and rice, we use the filling later for tacos.
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We don't have leftovers. We don't like them so I am careful to make meals that we will eat in their entirety. With the exception of lasagna and pizza. Which we just re-heat later.
So there is no need to "reinvent" them here.
Good for you. I have not mastered the quantity of food to cook. And I am not a very good cook. If the dish is really good, food is not enough, if family don't like the dish much, there's leftover. We often just reheat the leftovers. Talk about creative. We also just reheat leftover pizzas.
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No reinvent here either. We cook enough food to have it two days worth...so it comes out we cook every other day what is not so bad.
My brother lives by himself. On weekends, he would cook food good for 4 days (around 3-4 dishes) and put them in small containers in the freezer. It saves him time on work days.
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If I make baked potatoes, I always make extra so I can fry them in a pan with onions and butter the next day.
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First one that comes to mind are mashed potatoes!

I mix with some an egg and 1 tablespoon of flour and make patties, pan fry and serve as a side dish with some grilled onions.

I save vegetables and throw them into omelets, soups and stews.
These are good suggestions. I haven't tried mixing mash potatoes with eggs before. I will take not of this when we have mash potatoes.
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When we have pork chops left over, we slice them up with rice and fry it in a pan. Pork fried rice.
My family loves fried rice. We do a lot of these.
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I make a big batch of soup that we eat for the week. Sometimes I'll make a "pot pie". I layer some soup, it has to be a thick soup. This week I did it with ham and potato soup. Sometimes I'll make a pie crust or just mix some bisquick with milk. Then put the soup in the pan and put the crust or bisquick on top and bake it. It's quick and hubby likes it. It's healthier than individual pot pies too.
Otherwise, if it's meat I'll make soups or pasta dishes with them. I love the idea of the pork fried rice though!
If I make beans and rice, we use the filling later for tacos.
I didn't know pot pies can be made like this easy. I am not creative enough to experiment on food. This is good! I have to try it sometime.
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Tell me what you have leftover and I'll see what I can come up with. I usually cook a big batch of whatever meat (beef or chicken or whatever) and then use it different ways all week. It's just Mom and I that I cook for, and we like different things, so I usually make just what she wants for that particular meal and then whatever I want for my meal. Meat I prefer to cook ahead so meals are quick.
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