Thursday, November 13, 2008

Smalltown Mom's Leftover Challenge

In these financially frustrating times, people are stretching the food dollar ever tighter (ever more tightly? -- someone correct my grammar here because I hate it when I'm wrong.) One way is the pantry challenge. Karen at From My Noodle explained it over a year ago. Even Bossy is doing it now.

My personal challenge is LEFTOVERS. They pile up in the refrigerator. No one is willing to eat them unless I haul them out. Sometimes I call it buffet night and lay everything out on the counter for my men to forage.

Other times I try to get creative.

Tuesday night I used up these leftovers: 1/2 an onion, steak-some rather tough london broil, red wine sauce (from the steak), and chili beans. And with the addition of a few things from the pantry, made a batch of pretty good chili. And to top it off, I found 4 leftover biscuits! That's a total of 5 leftovers used.

Combining 5 leftovers at once (yes, the biscuits count!) might be a new record for me as far as numbers go. Although my personal best in taste will always be my chicken soup.

But I need new ideas.

What do you do with a pork chop? Oh, wait, give it to Frank. He will gladly gnaw on a leftover pork chop as a snack.

My leftover dilemma has grown worse as Frank has grown more independent. Sometimes he's here for dinner, sometimes he's not. So I often have unexpected leftovers.

The other night there was some salmon. And I couldn't bear to throw it away, but no one's going to eat it and I don't know what to do with it. That hurts.

What's your favorite thing to do with leftovers? Tell me. Be Creative. I need ideas!


Jen said...

Our fail safe is frittata. Whatever we have left plus peas and some boiled potatoes if they weren't already left over, chuck it in a pan, warm it all up then put some beaten egg over it all to turn it into a frittata.

We've put in sausages, bacon, mushrooms, onions, cubes of all kinds of cheese, cubes of whatever roast we had left over from the weekend whether it's chicken, gammon or beef...

Anonymous said...

How about a nice salmon salad? My wonderful husband is the King of using leftovers in wonderful ways. Your Chili sounds good.

Anonymous said...

We like to cook a roast in the crock pot and eat that, then the leftovers are turned into a nice stew with potatoes and carrots. Add buscits and we call it "Cowboy Dinner."

Anonymous said...

I like Guider's idea.

We don't usually have leftovers for very long because Pete and I always eat them for lunch.

BOSSY said...

Leftovers are Bossy's favorite food. Eaten right out of the fridge with a fork. True story.

David said...

We have the same problem in our house. Nobody will eat left overs. I pile it all up and haul it to my mother in laws who, with her companion, eats any and all!

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I can never eat leftover Salmon either.

Since MVP went to college there is no one but me that will eat leftovers. Not good.

Louise said...

I have no creativity here. It is rare we make leftovers into another dinner unless we made enough to intentionally eat them later in the week when there is no time to cook.

But we do use them up. We eat them for lunch. The girl at school doesn't, but the girl and home and I do, and my husband takes them to work. Andn sometimes we intentionally make extra to freeze and eat later or have in the freezer when someone needs food so I don't have to whip up something on no notice.