Thrifty Idea for Leftovers!

Mom's Goulash

I've got another great idea to share - my Mother's Goulash! As I mentioned before, my mother was (and still is) a very thrifty person. Raising four kids, she pinched pennies and found ways to make our meals go a very long way.

Now, this recipe involves leftovers...lots of them! When I was a kid, my mother would freeze our leftovers from every meal. And here's how she did it...using a plastic butter or whipped topping container, mom would place all of that night's leftovers into the container and put it in the freezer.

The next night, that butter dish would come out of the freezer, and the next night's leftovers would be placed on top of the previous night's. This would continue until the container was filled. Then, we would start over with a new container.

Mom would continue this ritual until there were enough frozen leftovers to make "Goulash." Here's how...each container of frozen goodies would be dumped into our slow cooker in the morning. The crockpot would then be turned on low heat, and while we kids were at school and mom was working, everything would cook together to become a lovely stew.

Believe it or not, Mom's Goulash was usually very good and well seasoned. There might be spaghetti, chicken and dumplings, peas, corn, vegetable soup, cabbage, rice...you get the picture. Everything but the kitchen sink. We kids looked forward to the Goulash and often added grated parmesan cheese on top, a dash of worcestershire sauce or a squirt of ketchup.

If you're pinching pennies, you might want to give this a try. It's a great way to stretch a dollar!

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