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Vegetarian Leftover Recipes
Leftover Recipes - Stop Wasting Food: Make Delicious Meals From Leftovers Instead
There's no reason to waste those leftovers from last night's dinner. Instead, create a new and exciting dish, in half the time or less.
One thing to remember: if you come up with a dish you and your family absolutely love (which will happen many times), make sure to write down what you did immediately, so you can enjoy it again.
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How To Use Leftover Mashed Potatoes
Make Yummy Patties
There are so many ways you can use leftover mashed potatoes, but my favorite is making mashed potatoes patties.
Use some or all of these ingredients:
- leftover mashed potatoes (a large bowl)
- 1 egg
- 1 small onion finely chopped
- a couple garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 teaspoon of dill weed (this gives it a nice, savory taste)
- flour to roll patties into
- pinch of salt (be careful not to use too much as the masked potatoes are already salted: just use enough to salt the added ingredients (onions and egg).
Combine all ingredients, and shape into medium size balls. Roll into flour and flatten into patties.
Fry in a couple of spoons of oil until brown on both sides. Place on paper towel to absorb the extra oil and enjoy next to a nice salad. YUM!
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Leftover Rice Recipes
How to use leftover rice
Rice is very versatile: you can do so many new dishes with your leftover rice!
Here are just a few ideas
To make fried rice, saute a chopped onion and a couple of celery sticks, add 2 or 3 crushed garlic cloves, and some mushrooms if you'd like. After they are cooked, ad your rice heat it through for a few minutes and add a squirt or two of braggs liquid (or soy sauce if you like that better)
To make rice salad, use a salad dressing and your favorite vegetables, add some herbs and spices, and you have a meal in a few minutes. My favorite veggies to add to rice are peppers (if i have them on hand, I'd use all colors: red, yellow, green), celery and green onions (or chives). Of course, you can use any variety of YOUR favorites.
To make rice soup, open up your favorite can of soup, add your rice the heat it through. Or, if you are like me and love making your own soup form scratch, cook up some vegetables and throw in your rice at the end. My favorite vegetable soups always include onions, carrots, red peppers, and potatoes. And to those, I add whatever I have on hand: peas, zucchinis, cabbage, celery, etc.
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Other Leftover Recipe Ideas
Be creative with your leftovers, and don't be afraid to try new things. The worst that can happen is that once in a while you won't like what you came up with.
But 9 out of 10 times you'll be pleasantly surprised.
Her are a few more ideas for using leftovers:
- if you have leftover pasta, make a pasta salad or use the spaghetti in a new soup you're making.
- if you have leftover vegetables, make a veggie pie
- leftover soup? Put it in the blender, add a new spice or herb, and give it new life
And here's another idea: sometimes all you need to do is freeze that leftover and use it at a later time without any addition. Just defrost, heat and eat ;)
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I'd love to hear your stories of leftover use. Do you use leftovers on a regular basis to make something new? Does it come out yummy? How about one time when you ended up with a disaster? Please share.