Leftovers: From Tricky to Treat

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By The Paula Deen Test Kitchen

Re-purposing leftovers is a great way to cut down and waste and make weeknight meals easier. If you don’t usually have left overs, that’s okay! Plan ahead and make some extra for tomorrow night’s dinner. Here are some of our favorite recipes using precooked or leftover ingredients that are sure to take your leftovers from tricky to treat!

No More Mystery Meat

Have leftover cooked bacon from this morning’s breakfast? Warm Turnip Green Dip and Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Pecans are great ways to use it. Try Grilled Apple, Bacon, and Cheddar Sandwich with Roasted Red Onion Mayo for a variation on the typical BLT. Or change it up and use your leftover bacon in a dessert. Wilbur’s Cupcakes are a perfect combination of salty and sweet.

Chicken is a great go-to weeknight staple. Use leftover chicken for Quick and Easy Chicken Pot Pie. Or, if you’re watching your waistline, try Bobby’s Lighter Chicken Pot Pie. You can easily turn grilled chicken, blanched green beans, and buttered rice from last night’s dinner an easy and delicious Chicken and Rice Casserole. Don’t worry if your chicken is seasoned from the night before; just keep that in mind when adding salt, pepper, and other spices. Don’t be afraid to mix it up. Rosemary, thyme, or lemon seasoned chicken would be a great addition to Bobby’s Lighter Chicken and Asparagus Crepes.

Goodbye Veggie Surprise

Mashed potatoes are an easy weeknight choice. If you boiled Idaho’s make sure to save some extra for Smashed Potato Cakes. Or save leftover sweet potatoes for Aunt Peggy’s Sweet Potato Soufflé. If you’re looking for a change, use leftover mashed sweet potatoes for a special morning treat, Sweet Potato Doughnuts with Maple Icing. Mashed Cauliflower is a great way to switch up your weeknight menu, watch your waist, and use leftover steamed cauliflower.

Cooked green beans are great the next day! Try using them in Bobby’s Lighter Green Bean Casserole. Or, if you’re in the mood for a salad, Fresh Green Bean and Tomato Salad are great choices.

So Long Stalemate

Cajun Seafood Balls and Ham Fried Rice with Pineapple and Fried Egg are great ways to use leftover rice. If you’re in the mood for a sweeter treat, try Bobby’s Lighter Old Fashioned Rice Pudding. Subbing dried cranberries for raisins will add a sweet flavor and light pink tint. Or add a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg for added flavor.

Leftover bread and cornbread are great for making homemade stuffing. Try Turkey/Chicken Stuffing or Southern Cornbread Stuffing. Don’t worry if your bread is different; sourdough, French, or Italian loafs are still great additions.

Using leftovers cuts down on cooking time and cost without resorting to take out or sacrificing flavor. Make room in your fridge by using your leftovers in some of our favorite recipes.

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Mary Ann Tharp in A Summer of Burgers on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 pm

Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
in Crispy Fried Green Tomatoes on August 15, 2014 at 10:33 am

I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
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