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Recycle dinner leftovers
Love your leftovers : feed your friends and family for next to nothing
[editor, Gillian Haslam].
London : Cico, 2009.
"50 delicious recipes"--Cover.
     
Cook once eat twice : slow cooker recipes : meal 1 tonight, meal 2 tomorrow
[editor, Carrie Holcomb].
Des Moines, IA : Meredith Books, c2006.
Imagine tonight's stew becoming tomorrow's wrap, sandwich, pizza, or casserole. This book provides more than 200 recipes--100 from the slow cooker for tonight's dinner and 100 "planned overs" for tomorrow's meal. Bonus chapters include recipes for five-ingredient main dishes and easy desserts. Spiral binding.
     
The use-it-up cookbook : creative recipes for the frugal cook
Catherine Kitcho.
Nashville, Tenn. : Cumberland House, c2003.
If you have pent-up guilt..., if you were lectured by your parents..., or if you just want to be frugal about using all the food you paid for "The Use-It-Up Cookbook is just the book for you. By following its instructions, you will rid yourself of the guilt and use up what's left of the package, jar, bottle, bunch, or can! Two bananas have become more brown than yellow. You've moved the half carton of buttermilk in the refrigerator yet again to retrieve something on the shelf behind it. Why not look up the recipes for bananas and buttermilk in "The Use-It-Up Cookbook to see how you might be able to incorporate, them into this evening's dinner or tomorrow's lunch? The same can be done with the bunch of celery that has at least one or two stalks that are still green and that barely used can of tomato paste. What makes this cookbook so useful is that it's designed to help you do this, unlike more traditional cookbooks that do not list minor ingredients such as these. Few cooks today have enough time on their hands to skim or browse through entire cookbooks to find recipes that will let them use up their leftovers. The audience for "The Use-It-Up Cookbook is the busy cook looking for a quick solution as well as the gourmet looking for new ideas for using these ingredients. It will also appeal to frugal cooks who enjoy being creative. The recipes are simple and easy to follow. Several types of dishes are represented in the recipes, including salads, entrees, sides, soups, breads, and desserts. Each chapter contains several recipes, with a creative guide and space for readers to record their own notes. Organized in alphabetical order by ingredients, the book includes an appendix withinformation oil loud storage, and Web links for more information.
     

It is six o'clock in the evening. The family is getting hungry. There are only leftovers in the fridge. Guess what?  It is time to be creative and make a delicious dinner from "recycled" food.

Easy additions for a recycled meal:

Bamboo shoots
Carrots
Corn
Fresh herbs
Mushrooms
Peas

There are no right or wrong ways of using leftover foods. Instead, use your creativity to discover what you and your family might enjoy. By recycling foods from previous meals, you will enjoy new ways to appreciate your favorite foods. And you might save some time and money!

There are many simple recipes that can be created to make a healthy recycled dinner from leftovers:

  • Remove the bones from chicken and boil up some soup. Add matzo balls to it while it is simmering.
  • Use any type of bread for a hot roast beef sandwich. Do not forget the gravy.
  • Stir fry pork with vegetables. Spice it up with ginger, garlic, and soy sauce and serve over white rice.
  • Bake a creamy turkey casserole with mushroom soup and noodles. Cook and serve in the same dish for easy clean up.

Even pizza can be reheated with additional toppings. For example, use fresh oregano and basil. Also, you can add exotic mushrooms, or spicy pepperoni. A recycled pizza could be made with different types of olives, cheeses, or even canned artichokes.

As with anything else, experience will give you the confidence to be creative with your cooking. Many types of leftover foods can please diners at your kitchen table.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff