Have you noticed how lately Hollywood has this desire to remake movies rather than create something new. Now in the case of movies I'm like "been there done that, move on", but there really is an art to remaking or re-purposing something. Today I speak of recreating something new from leftovers.
LEFTOVERS!!!! No one wants leftovers! But you would be wrong. People do want left overs....they just don't know it yet. The idea is to let nothing go to waste.
1) So you only have a spoonful of green beans left in the pan. Keep a container in the fridge and place all your leftover bits of veggies. Once full it becomes veggie soup. I usually match the meat to the broth in the veggies. If I used chicken bouillon in my veggies initial preparation, then I will add chicken and make chicken vegetable soup. The same goes for beef and ham.
2) 1 Cup of leftover ground meat, a left over meat patty, left over meat loaf, etc, becomes the ground meat used in chili or spaghetti. A piece of left over chicken is used in casseroles, or chicken pot pie.
3) Left over mashed potatoes become voila! Potato soup. I chop 2 celery stalks and 1 med onion and cook them in 2 cups of chicken bouillon. Once soft I puree them in the broth then add 2 cups of mashed potatoes. Mix well. If your soup is still thick add a little milk to get it to the consistency you want. Once you have it to the consistency you like, add chives, cheese, sour cream and hot sauce! Salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a crusty bread. YUM!
4) Left over egg/milk from making french toast becomes the egg and milk needed in muffins or other baked good. May have to add a little more milk, but it works.
The idea is to rethink your leftovers and not throw them away. Tonight we're having chili and I did just what I normally do. I had leftover taco meat and it was used in the chili. Turned out well. Compliments all round. What recreations do you perform?