leftovers http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/205/all en-US Eat Better and Save Money With These Easy Two-Night Meals http://www.wisebread.com/eat-better-and-save-money-with-these-easy-two-night-meals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/eat-better-and-save-money-with-these-easy-two-night-meals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_90650313_LARGE (1)_0.jpg" alt="easy two night meals" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Planning your meals every week can save you a huge amount of time and money. The average American spent <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cesan.nr0.htm">more than $7,000 on food</a> in 2015, with $4,000 of that coming from the supermarket. By repurposing leftovers, you can save money at the grocery store and still enjoy fresh, healthy meals every night. Enjoy a delicious, affordable meat dinner on the first night, and save half for the second night, to be repurposed into a completely new meal.</p> <p>Cooking a big batch of food and freezing the leftovers can save you money and prep time, but it can get boring pretty quickly. That's why we've found some of the best two-night meals to shake up the week's menu. Consider also using an online meal planner to help you get organized and save you even more time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-and-eat-better-with-these-6-online-meal-planners?ref=seealso">Save Money and Eat Better With These 6 Online Meal Planners</a>)</p> <h2>1. Chili</h2> <p><strong>Night 1</strong>: <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/simple-perfect-chili-recipe.html">Chili</a> with Cornbread</p> <p><strong>Night 2</strong>: Tacos or Chili Cheese Dogs or Spaghetti Bolognese or <a href="http://www.fritolay.com/recipes/recipe-detail/fritos-chili-pie">Fritos Chili Pie</a></p> <p>Make a large pot of chili using leftover ground beef or ground turkey. It freezes well, is inexpensive, can be customized to suit your tastes, and the leftovers can be used in several different ways. Many chefs also agree that chili is actually better on the second night.</p> <p>For the first meal, you can doll up the chili with shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado, lime, onions, cilantro, and tortilla chips. For the second night, you can use the chili to make tacos by simply filling each taco shell with 1/4 cup of chili, plus lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, and sour cream. You can also top a hot dog with leftover chili and shredded cheese for a quick chili cheese dog.</p> <p>You can also use it in a traditional spaghetti sauce to make a quick spaghetti Bolognese. You can either top the cooked pasta with chili or combined the leftover chili with a can of crushed tomatoes or tomato sauce for a more traditional Bolognese sauce. Fritos chili pie is another quick and satisfying meal that is an especially big hit with teens and kids.</p> <h2>2. Rotisserie Chicken</h2> <p><strong>Night 1</strong>: <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/93168/rotisserie-chicken/">Rotisserie Chicken </a>with Baked Potatoes or <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/20849/baked-french-fries-i/">Oven Fries</a></p> <p><strong>Night 2</strong>: <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/easy-chicken-soft-tacos-rotisserie-chicken-305472">Chicken Tacos</a>, <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/89539/slow-cooker-chicken-tortilla-soup/">Chicken Soup</a>, or <a href="https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/classic-chicken-pot-pie/1401d418-ac0b-4b50-ad09-c6f1243fb992">Chicken Pot Pie</a></p> <p>Rotisserie chicken is extremely affordable and once you pick off all the meat, you can use it in virtually endless ways. You can repurpose it into shredded chicken sandwiches by mixing it with barbecue or teriyaki sauce. You can also make chicken salads, casseroles, burritos, nachos, stir-fries, and so much more. You can also use the leftover bones to make chicken stock, which you can later use with the leftover chicken to make chicken noodle soup or chicken tortilla soup. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-a-weeks-worth-of-dinners-out-of-one-chicken?ref=seealso">Get a Week's Worth of Dinners Out of One Chicken</a>)</p> <p>Buying a whole chicken typically costs less than $1 per pound, whereas buying pre-cut chicken pieces will cost you much more and won't go as far. If you need to save even more time, you can always purchase a precooked rotisserie chicken from your grocery store, but you won't save quite as much money as you would by just cooking it yourself.</p> <h2>3. Pork Tenderloin</h2> <p><strong>Night 1</strong>: <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/pork-tenderloin-with-seasoned-rub-recipe.html">Pork Tenderloin</a> with Steamed Seasonal Vegetables or <a href="https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/easy-homemade-mashed-potatoes/09f0bba4-8bb9-4ce3-8d98-ae7a803eb7d5">Mashed Potatoes</a></p> <p><strong>Night 2</strong>: Pulled Pork Sandwiches or Burritos</p> <p>Enjoy grilled pork tenderloin on night one. On night two, heat the leftover tenderloin in the crockpot with barbecue sauce for perfect pulled pork sandwiches. The pulled pork can also be used to make things like burritos or nachos. You can also make crock pot <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/couldnt-be-easier-bbq-pork-tenderloin-crock-pot-317152">pulled pork</a> the first night and then use it in endless ways throughout the week.</p> <h2>4. Steak</h2> <p><strong>Night 1</strong>: <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/18074/marinated-flank-steak/">Steak</a> with <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/lemon-smashed-potatoes-recipe.html">Lemony Mashed Potatoes</a> and Corn on the Cob</p> <p><strong>Night 2</strong>: <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/steak-sandwich-recipe.html">Steak Sandwiches</a>, <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/herb-and-rib-eye-salad-recipe.html">Steak Salad</a>, or <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/philly-steak-sandwiches-recipe.html">Philly Cheese Steaks</a></p> <p>Grilled flank steak is one of the most affordable ways to have a satisfying steak dinner at home. It is also one of the easiest cuts to cook correctly, so even beginners can master it. Sirloin steak is also affordable, healthy, and easy to use in a million different ways. For the second night, use the sliced steak in a steak sandwich, steak salad, burritos, or nachos.</p> <h2>5. Roasted Turkey</h2> <p><strong>Night 1</strong>: <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/moms_roast_turkey/">Turkey</a> Dinner with Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, and Steamed Green Beans</p> <p><strong>Night 2</strong>: <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/40545/turkey-tetrazzini-ii/">Turkey Tetrazzini</a>, <a href="https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/classic-turkey-pot-pie/222c3cef-31cc-4936-abfd-cc72611c16c4">Turkey Pot Pies</a>, or <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/turkey-reubens-recipe">Turkey Reubens</a></p> <p>Turkey is a satisfying meal around the holidays, but it can result in endless leftovers. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to use the leftover turkey that you slaved over. Turkey sandwiches are the easiest way to use up the turkey and any stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, and/or mashed potatoes that you may have left over. It can also be used in enchiladas, casseroles, pasta dishes, and so much more. You can also make endless second-night meals with turkey breast and turkey tenderloin, so you don't have to buy and cook the whole bird.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-cannon">Andrea Cannon</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-better-and-save-money-with-these-easy-two-night-meals">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers">Flashback Friday: 63 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers">11 Meals That Make Terrific Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-104-sweet-ways-to-celebrate-valentines-day">Flashback Friday: 104 Sweet Ways to Celebrate Valentine&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-restaurant-secret-menu-items-thatll-actually-save-you-money">9 Restaurant Secret Menu Items That&#039;ll Actually Save you Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-foods-you-need-in-your-emergency-pantry">10 Foods You Need in Your &quot;Emergency&quot; Pantry</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink chili dinner ideas dinner recipes family dinner Food leftovers two-night meals Tue, 18 Oct 2016 09:30:29 +0000 Andrea Cannon 1815051 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways to Use Up Leftover Buttermilk http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-up-leftover-buttermilk <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-use-up-leftover-buttermilk" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_66486603_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="uses for leftover buttermilk" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My favorite salad dressing recipe calls for a <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/219901/buttermilk-blue-cheese-dressing/">cup of buttermilk</a>. The smallest size that I can buy at the supermarket is a quart, which leaves me with three cups of buttermilk. What the heck do you do with three cups of buttermilk? Turns out there are a lot of possibilities. Being a person who hates food waste, I discovered nine delicious ways to use it up.</p> <h2>1. Buttermilk Facial</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/1m-Gw66lU0c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>My mother was always experimenting with food that doubles as beauty products. Her favorites were beer or vinegar for a hair rinse, fresh lemons as a hair lightener, and buttermilk as a facial. Try mixing ground oatmeal with buttermilk to make a facial mask. Leave on for 30 minutes, and rinse off. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m-Gw66lU0c">Here</a> are two more buttermilk mask ideas, for your specific skin type.</p> <h2>2. Buttermilk as Hair Conditioner</h2> <p>Sure, you can buy buttermilk hair conditioner, but why not <a href="http://www.howcast.com/videos/218298-how-to-make-a-buttermilk-mask-for-healthy-hair/">make your own</a>. It's easy to have luxe locks!</p> <h2>3. Quick Chive Rolls</h2> <p>I came up with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-make-scrumptious-quick-homemade-rolls">these</a> quick rolls a few years ago. Mine still turn out sort of lumpy but boy, are they good. Fluffy, tender, and cryin' out for butter.</p> <h2>4. Coconut Grain-Free Pancakes</h2> <p>Avoiding grains? No trouble! You can still enjoy these coconutty <a href="http://thecoconutmama.com/grain-free-buttermilk-pancakes/">pancakes</a>, with buttermilk. The buttermilk helps them be fluffy, not flat. Drizzle a little coconut syrup on the top for extra sweetness.</p> <h2>5. Fried Chicken</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/SsH9BBlaYgI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Warning: You are going to get very hungry after watching this video for buttermilk <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsH9BBlaYgI">fried chicken.</a> You may want to have coleslaw, potato salad, and biscuits on hand.</p> <h2>6. Biscuits</h2> <p>Whip up a batch of these easy <a href="http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/chaas-recipe-buttermilk-recipe/">buttermilk biscuits</a> and watch 'em disappear. If you have any left over, they make a terrific breakfast sandwich.</p> <h2>7. Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes</h2> <p>Here is your new favorite <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/buttermilk-mashed-potatoes-106054">mashed-potato</a> ingredient: Buttermilk. It makes the potatoes super creamy. I prefer to use yukon gold potatoes (see recipe note). Add a few chives or bacon bits on top for color. I could just eat these and skip the turkey.</p> <h2>8. Beet and Buttermilk Soup</h2> <p>It's not just pretty, though &mdash; this <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/chilled-beet-soup-with-buttermilk-cucumbers-and-dill-chlodnik">Polish</a> classic (&quot;Chlodnik&quot;) is also surprisingly hearty, flavorful, and full of good things like buttermilk (of course), cucumbers, dill, beets, and egg garnish. It looks remarkably like a dragon fruit smoothie (minus the egg, of course).</p> <h2>9. Just Drink It!</h2> <p>Yes, it's an acquired taste, but buttermilk contains some really great stuff: Calcium (284 milligrams in a cup) and protein (8.1 grams in a cup). If drinking it plain just isn't working for you, try it Indian-style, with cumin, salt, and coriander.</p> <p>Need buttermilk for a recipe and can't run to the store? You can always substitute one cup of milk with either a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar stirred in. Let it stand for 10 minutes before using.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-up-leftover-buttermilk">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers">11 Meals That Make Terrific Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-delicious-uses-for-leftover-hot-dogs">7 Delicious Uses for Leftover Hot Dogs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers">Flashback Friday: 63 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-actually-enjoy-leftover-pizza">9 Ways to Actually Enjoy Leftover Pizza</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-use-thanksgiving-leftovers">17 Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink buttermilk frugal food frugal living leftover recipes leftovers pancakes recipes Thu, 13 Oct 2016 10:00:05 +0000 Marla Walters 1811800 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 63 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Leftovers http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/leftover_pizza_60353372.jpg" alt="Finding delicious ways to enjoy leftovers" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Leftovers are usually nobody's first choice when mealtime comes around. You never want the less-fresh option when it comes to food, so if you have to, you settle for the container filled with the remains of last night's dinner. But everything old can be made new again. You just need a little inspiration. Here are 63 ways to make last night's meal as good as new.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/8074492872_c5572d44a2_z.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-ways-to-use-leftover-mashed-potatoes?ref=fbf">10 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Mashed Potatoes</a> &mdash; It's hard to make mashed potatoes in small quantities. Well, it is for me. Because once you start mashing them up, you end up with a giant pot of soft, buttery goodness that you couldn't possibly eat in one sitting. Luckily, these 10 yummy twists to mashed potatoes will make them even better the next day.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-use-up-leftover-champagne?ref=fbf">16 Ways to Use Up Leftover Champagne</a> &mdash; Did you know you could make gravy and freshly baked bread with Champagne? So the next time you have a bottle leftover and are worried about it going flat, use it any of these 16 ways.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_67915755_MEDIUM.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-delicious-uses-for-leftover-hot-dogs?ref=fbf">7 Delicious Uses for Leftover Hot Dogs</a> &mdash; Summertime is all about chilled beverages and grilled hot dogs. So when the season starts winding down and you're stuck with dozens of dogs, what are you to do? Spice up the typical hot dog with these unique delicious toppings lose the bun altogether and add to your favorite dishes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers?ref=fbf">10 Cheap and Easy Meals That Make Even Better Leftovers</a> &mdash; Frugal food isn't always healthy and flavorful, but you should never settle for bland budget eats. These affordable meals taste even better the second or third time around.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_75608797_MEDIUM.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers?ref=fbf">11 Meals That Make Terrific Leftovers</a> &mdash; Chili, pork tenderloin, quinoa &mdash; these are just a few of the dishes that can easily be turned into delicious leftovers. So make them in large quantities and reap the benefits all week long.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-actually-enjoy-leftover-pizza?ref=fbf">9 Ways to Actually Enjoy Leftover Pizza</a> &mdash; There is no leftover that tastes as good as next-day cold pizza. But if that isn't quite your thing, there are tons of tasty ways to spice up those extra slices.</p> <p><em>What are some other brilliant ways to use leftovers? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-47-brilliant-ways-to-save-money-on-dinner">Flashback Friday: 47 Brilliant Ways to Save Money on Dinner</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-62-creative-uses-for-your-favorite-condiments">Flashback Friday: 62 Creative Uses for Your Favorite Condiments</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-best-cooking-hacks-for-busy-people">Flashback Friday: 63 Best Cooking Hacks for Busy People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers">11 Meals That Make Terrific Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-better-and-save-money-with-these-easy-two-night-meals">Eat Better and Save Money With These Easy Two-Night Meals</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Food and Drink dinner dinner ideas dinner recipes easy dinners fbf flashback friday frugal food frugal living Hot Dogs leftovers pizza Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:00:12 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1761564 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Delicious Uses for Leftover Hot Dogs http://www.wisebread.com/7-delicious-uses-for-leftover-hot-dogs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-delicious-uses-for-leftover-hot-dogs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_67915755_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="using up leftover hot dogs" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I love hot dogs. Not just in the summer, but all year long. When I moved to New Zealand, I lost weight from the lack of hot dogs available. I wish I were kidding, but it's just not something the British or New Zealanders eat, probably for a good reason.</p> <p>But if you're in a country that regularly consumes hot dogs, you may have a problem with too many hot dogs left over from summer barbecues. Luckily, there are a lot of other <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-fun-ways-to-eat-hot-dogs">uses for hot dogs</a> besides the usual hot dog on a bun.</p> <h2>1. Hot Dog Spaghetti</h2> <p>My boyfriend loves <a href="http://bellyfull.net/2011/10/27/threaded-spaghetti-hot-dog-bites/">hot dog spaghetti</a> and believes he invented it. Unfortunately, the Internet beat him to it. This meal is quick, easy, and delicious, albeit a little weird. Simply cut up uncooked hot dogs, thread 6-8 spaghetti noodles through them and boil for six minutes or until the pasta is al dente. Drain and mix with butter. Top with parmesan. My boyfriend also adds ketchup and hot sauce. I'll leave that up to you.</p> <h2>2. Hot Dog Casserole</h2> <p>The Southern (and most obvious) way to use any leftover food is to make a casserole. Hot dog casserole is basically macaroni and cheese with hot dogs, which is maybe something I eat on occasion anyway. While <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/hot-dog-casserole-24205">this particular recipe</a> is not very nutritious, it is very much delicious. Unfortunately, a search for &quot;hot dog casserole healthy&quot; yielded little-to-no actual results.</p> <h2>3. Sloppy Dawgs</h2> <p>Similar to chopped dogs, which are chopped up hot dogs cooked in a chili sauce, <a href="http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/recipe/14513_Sloppy_Dawgs/">sloppy dawgs</a> are chopped up hot dogs with sloppy joe seasonings. In a skillet, cook chopped up hot dogs until golden brown, then add onions and red pepper with tomato paste. Separately mix red wine vinegar, brown sugar, tomato sauce, and Worcestershire sauce, and add to the pan. Cook until thickened and then add to a toasted bun.</p> <h2>4. Chicago Dog Salad</h2> <p>Chicago dogs are some of the best hot dogs in the world. The combination of spicy and sweet on a poppyseed bun &mdash; you can't beat it! That is&hellip; unless you make this delicious treat into a salad. Using ingredients from regular Chicago dogs sans bun, this salad is a much healthier alternative to pretty much every recipe on this list. Check out the recipe <a href="http://www.rachaelray.com/recipes/chicago-dog-salad">here</a> and munch away!</p> <h2>5. Hot Dog Hash</h2> <p>I have seen a number of coworkers eat a hot dog in the morning. A hot dog, on a bun, slathered in ketchup. I have no idea what compels someone to eat a hot dog that early, but if you're going to do it, add an egg at least. This <a href="http://abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/recipes/Hot-Dog-Hash-Michael-Symon">hot dog hash recipe</a> from Michael Symon takes fresh potatoes, onions, eggs, and seasonings to create a delicious sounding breakfast (or brinner) option.</p> <h2>6. Pigs in a Blanket</h2> <p>When I was younger, the food I always asked for on my birthday was as follows: hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls, with macaroni and cheese and baked beans. Every year I requested this delicious combination of everything unhealthy, and every year my mom obliged. <a href="https://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/crescent-dogs/b19c6c07-bad8-45b5-8a4e-e604f30baa98">Pigs in a blanket</a> is one of the easiest hot dog recipes that exists. You take a can of crescent rolls, cut the hot dogs down the middle, add sliced American cheese, and then wrap them in the crescent rolls. Bake according to package directions, but add an extra 5-10 minutes to make sure the crescent rolls are baked all the way. Serve with macaroni and cheese and baked beans and invite me over.</p> <h2>7. Corn Dog Waffles</h2> <p>Yep, you read that right. It's like Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson came up with the ultimate food. For these creative <a href="http://www.hebrewnational.com/recipes-Corn-Dog-Waffles-7834">corn dog waffles</a>, you'll need a waffle iron, waffle supplies, and of course, hot dogs. You can even put them on a stick &mdash; which might be the best part?. These are perfect for a summer party or your next <em>Parks and Rec </em>themed party (which I had in June).</p> <p><em>What are your favorite uses for leftover hot dogs? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jennifer-holder">Jennifer Holder</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-delicious-uses-for-leftover-hot-dogs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers">Flashback Friday: 63 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-up-leftover-buttermilk">9 Ways to Use Up Leftover Buttermilk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surefire-ways-to-save-on-grilling">7 Surefire Ways to Save on Grilling</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers">11 Meals That Make Terrific Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/start-now-you-can-make-these-23-delicious-holiday-gifts">Start Now: You Can Make These 23 Delicious Holiday Gifts</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink barbecue frugal food frugal living groceries Hot Dogs leftovers saving money summer food Thu, 28 Jul 2016 09:31:28 +0000 Jennifer Holder 1760583 at http://www.wisebread.com 11 Meals That Make Terrific Leftovers http://www.wisebread.com/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_75608797_MEDIUM.jpg" alt="these meals make delicious" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Even though I love to cook, over the years, I have come to appreciate meals that are timesavers. I especially favor meals are also frugal and healthy. Cook one meal, and save half of it for the next meal. I serve dinner from the stove, and don't put the entire meal on the table, where people tend to &quot;pick&quot; and eat more than they should. Here are 11 ideas for terrific dinners made from leftovers. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-actually-enjoy-leftover-pizza?ref=seealso">9 Ways to Actually Enjoy Leftover Pizza</a>)</p> <h2>1. Chili</h2> <p>Whether you like a meaty or a vegetarian chili, it's inexpensive, filling, and making a whole batch (usually six servings) will probably get you through two meals. This <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/342388/vegetarian-chili">vegetarian</a> version is extremely satisfying, especially with a little sour cream and blue corn tortilla chips. Eating beans can help you to lower your cholesterol, and they are a good source of protein. Buying store brands of canned beans will keep your cost low, at around $1.70 a can, or less. (Soaking dried beans is even cheaper, but you have to remember to take that step.) But wait, there will be leftovers!</p> <p>On night two, try making these little cornmeal <a href="http://www.foodrepublic.com/recipes/chili-and-cornbread-cups-recipe/">chili cups</a>; fill them with your leftover, heated chili and garnish with shredded sharp cheddar. Serve with a tossed salad.</p> <h2>2. Cabbage</h2> <p>Yes, <em>mon petite chou</em>, get yourself a big head of cabbage. It's like&hellip; 16 cents a pound. That's awfully hard to beat. For the first meal, check out this <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/thai-cabbage-salad-1214311">Thai cabbage salad</a>. (No need to also buy the red cabbage listed in the recipe, too, unless you want it). I liked it with the addition of chicken.</p> <p>For leftovers, take the other half of the cabbage and make this super easy <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/cabbage-roll-casserole">cabbage roll casserole</a> (all the flavor, minus the fuss).</p> <h2>3. London Broil</h2> <p>Watch for this versatile cut of beef to go on sale, where it can be had for a remarkable $1 per pound. Aside from being a bargain, beef is a powerhouse for zinc, vitamin B, iron, and protein. For the first dinner, make this summery <a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/london-broil-salad.html">London broil salad</a>.</p> <p>Save part of the meat and, for the leftovers, toss into tacos with roasted sweet potatoes, chopped romaine lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream.</p> <h2>4. Rotisserie Chicken</h2> <p>You can get a rotisserie chicken for an astounding value at Costco for just $5. On night one, serve half with these <a href="http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/crispy-smashed-roasted-potatos.aspx">crispy smashed red potatoes</a> and roasted Brussels sprouts.</p> <p>One night two, slice the rest of the meat; toss a salad, and serve with this <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/tarragon-mayonnaise-15348">tarragon </a>French bread. Super frugal folks will take that carcass and make a chicken broth for future use.</p> <h2>5. Pork Butt</h2> <p>I watch for pork butt or shoulder to go on sale when it hits around $1.89 a pound, or less, and buy the biggest one that will fit into my Crock-Pot. With it I make <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/24035/kalua-pig-in-a-slow-cooker/">Kalua pig</a>. This will easily feed your whole family on night one. Use part of the meat, add barbecue sauce, and serve on buns. Get more of the aforementioned cabbage and make a coleslaw to serve with.</p> <p>On the second night, chop up the rest of that cabbage and saute until tender. Add the Kalua pork and heat through. Serve over rice.</p> <h2>6. Quinoa</h2> <p>This tiny grain is bursting with iron, B-vitamins, magnesium, calcium, and vitamin E. It's really good for you. To keep costs down, either buy in bulk or at Sam's Club or Costco. The white quinoa is cheaper than red or black, too. For the first meal, I like this <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/quinoa_pilaf/">quinoa pilaf</a> served with a salad and French bread. I make mine with vegetable stock, which does, as the recipe suggests, give more flavor.</p> <p>For the leftovers, take the chilled remains and add diced artichoke hearts and jarred red peppers. Any leftover French bread can be made into croutons. Toss and serve as a salad.</p> <h2>7. Salmon</h2> <p>We eat a lot of salmon, as it's an excellent source for vitamin B12 and vitamin D. I buy the big packs at Costco and split it into smaller pieces. That runs around $8 per pound. For the first meal, try this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/12720/grilled-salmon-i/">grilled salmon</a>; and make baked potatoes to serve on the side.</p> <p>Bake two extra potatoes and on night two, try these decadent <a href="http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1466-potato-salmon-and-spinach-patties-with-garlicky-dill-cream">potato, salmon, and spinach patties</a> with garlicky dill cream.</p> <h2>8. Pork Tenderloin</h2> <p>With 22 grams of protein in only a three-ounce serving, pork tenderloin is one of my favorite go-tos. Look for it to go on sale for around $4.99, or less per pound, and stock up. I buy big loins at Costco, cut them into three or four one-pound pieces, and freeze. They make a really easy dinner (like this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/132815/balsamic-roasted-pork-loin/">balsamic roasted</a> loin) on night one.</p> <p>For night two, mix up some Mojitos, fry plantains, and try some easy <a href="http://icuban.com/food/cuban_sandwich.html">Cubanos</a> (Cuban pork sandwiches).</p> <h2>9. Lentils</h2> <p>There aren't many things that are as cheap to make (and as filling) as lentils. A 16-ounce bag can be had for less than $3. Besides being a great source of fiber, they also contain potassium, calcium, zinc, niacin and vitamin K. For the first meal, lentils prepared in the <a href="http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/8175-french-lentils-with-garlic-and-thyme">French</a> style are simple and flavorful.</p> <p>For the leftovers, let's make lentil burgers. Allow the lentils (about a cup and a half) to come to room temperature. Add two beaten eggs, a half-cup of panko crumbs, salt and pepper and about a tablespoon of flour. Mix well. Shape into patties and fry. Serve on toasted buns with the usual fixings.</p> <h2>10. Tacos</h2> <p>Tacos are usually a very inexpensive meal. They can be filled with so many different things, from hamburger to turkey, fish, roasted vegetables, or just beans. You may spend a lot of time chopping up toppings on night one, but on night two, it's farmer's omelet time. I like to toss all the leftovers into my big skillet, add 3-4 beaten eggs, and fry it up. Top with salsa and sour cream. It's fast and delicious.</p> <h2>11. Turkey</h2> <p>Who says turkey is just for Thanksgiving? The best prices are, of course, around the holidays. When they are less than a dollar a pound, why not buy two and freeze one? Besides being a great source of protein, turkey is also a source of iron, zinc, potassium, B6, and niacin. My husband smokes them in our smoker and on night one, we do a semi-traditional turkey dinner (even in summer).</p> <p>There will be a ton of meat to package for leftovers. I think my favorite way to feature the meat on night two is in these <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/13837/turkey-enchiladas/">turkey enchiladas</a>.</p> <p><em>How do you salvage leftovers? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers">Flashback Friday: 63 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-better-and-save-money-with-these-easy-two-night-meals">Eat Better and Save Money With These Easy Two-Night Meals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-up-leftover-buttermilk">9 Ways to Use Up Leftover Buttermilk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-delicious-uses-for-leftover-hot-dogs">7 Delicious Uses for Leftover Hot Dogs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-delicious-dishes-made-better-with-salsa">15 Delicious Dishes Made Better With Salsa</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink dinner ideas dinner recipes eating healthy Food frugal food frugal living leftovers recipes Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:30:09 +0000 Marla Walters 1759842 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Genius Ways to Use Leftover Fruits and Veggies http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-genius-ways-to-use-leftover-fruits-and-veggies-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-genius-ways-to-use-leftover-fruits-and-veggies-0" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/healthy_green_smoothie_80848607.jpg" alt="Learning genius ways to use leftover fruits and veggies" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found articles on genius ways to use leftover produce, how to avoid common sales traps, and things to remember when you&rsquo;ve lost your motivation.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Uses-Leftover-Fruit-Vegetables-35106060#photo-35106060">26 Genius Uses For Leftover Fruits and Vegetables</a> &mdash; You can make garbage disposal cleaning cubes with citrus rinds, rosemary, and vinegar. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://moneyqanda.com/student-loans-for-living-expenses/">How to Avoid Common Sales Traps Year Round</a> &mdash; It's hard to pass up a BOGO deal&hellip; but you really should let it go unless you genuinely need multiples of an item. [Everything Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2016/06/12/10-things-to-remember-when-youve-lost-your-motivation/">10 Things to Remember When You&rsquo;ve Lost Your Motivation</a> &mdash; Let go of what you can't change. Focus your energy on the things you can control. [Marc &amp; Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2016/0611/Let-them-eat-ice-cream-Great-ice-cream-machines-for-summer">Let them eat ice cream: Great ice cream machines for summer</a> &mdash; Want to make your own sweet treats at home? Here's what you need to know about ice cream makers and what to look for when you shop for one. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.positivityblog.com/index.php/2016/06/09/take-care-of-yourself/">Take Care of Yourself: 6 Simple Summer Tips</a> &mdash; Go slow and enjoy all the sights, sounds, smells and people of your summer. [The Positivity Blog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://moneyqanda.com/student-loans-for-living-expenses/">Five Times To Use Your Student Loans For Living Expenses</a> &mdash; If you need to rely on student loans to pay rent, make sure you minimize the expense by comparing rental prices in the area, commuting from a city with a lower cost of living, or getting a studio instead of a single-bedroom apartment. [Money Q&amp;A]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2016/06/home-improvements-to-sell-a-house.html">5 Practical Home Improvements To Sell A House</a> &mdash; Assess the foundation of your house and make sure you fix any structural problems before you even consider cosmetic updates. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="https://timemanagementninja.com/2016/06/5-times-to-say-no-to-yourself-to-stay-productive">5 Times to Say No to Yourself to Stay Productive</a> &mdash; Stop and ask yourself, &quot;What shouldn't I be doing right now?&quot; [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-help-your-children-play-more-with-less-using-the-20-toy-rule">How to Help Your Children Play More with Less Using the 20 Toy Rule</a> &mdash; With the 20 Toy Rule, your kids choose 20 toys to keep in the playroom. The rest are donated, sold, or given to other children. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2016/06/13/how-to-fit-in-more-fitness/">How to Fit In More Fitness</a> &mdash; The next time you need to run errands, park your car and literally run as to go from place to place. [Living Well Spending Less]</p> <p><strong>$1,500 Giveaway!</strong> Don't forget to enter before June 30th for your chance to win $1,500 in prizes in our Rutgers Giveaway! If you are a young adult, take a quick survey on your financial decisions and you could win a $500 or one of five $200 Amazon gift cards. For more information and to enter, check out our <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/rutgers-is-giving-away-1500-to-wise-bread-readers">giveaway article</a>!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-genius-ways-to-use-leftover-fruits-and-veggies-0">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers">Thursday Night Soup: Delicious Soup From Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-actually-enjoy-leftover-pizza">9 Ways to Actually Enjoy Leftover Pizza</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-ways-to-use-leftover-mashed-potatoes">10 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Mashed Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-use-up-leftover-champagne">16 Ways to Use Up Leftover Champagne</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-better-and-save-money-with-these-easy-two-night-meals">Eat Better and Save Money With These Easy Two-Night Meals</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips leftovers Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:00:06 +0000 Amy Lu 1731139 at http://www.wisebread.com These 10 Frugal Lunches Are Delicious Hot or Cold http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-frugal-lunches-are-delicious-hot-or-cold <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/these-10-frugal-lunches-are-delicious-hot-or-cold" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/63560539.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Now that the weather is warmer, the office microwave has less appeal at lunchtime. I'm not ready to abandon it completely, since there are still some rainy days. However, I find I like the option of having a cold lunch, instead of the usual wintertime hot lunch. To keep lunches frugal and fast, cook a little extra food for dinner, and then eat the leftovers &mdash; hot or cold &mdash; for lunch. Here are 10 of my favorites that work at either temperature. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-brown-bagging-it-better-than-buying-lunch?ref=seealso">15 Ways to Make Brown Bagging It Better Than Buying Lunch</a>)</p> <h2>1. Soup</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.braunhousehold.com/global/recipes-household-tips/recipes/multi-quick-5-hand-blender-recipes/soups-starters-sauces/spiced-carrot-and-lemongrass-soup">spiced carrot and lemon grass</a> soup is wonderful either hot or cold. It's also easy to convert it from vegetarian to vegan &mdash; just use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. Try it with some slices of avocado on top, too.</p> <h2>2. Grilled Skewers</h2> <p>I personally prefer these cold, but they are good both ways, especially served with vegetables and leftover rice. My mother's marinade recipe (below) makes enough for three and a half pounds of chicken or beef, works on beef or pork skewers, and is equally tasty over chicken and vegetables. I like to make vegetable skewers to grill alongside the meat including: zucchini, mushrooms, red pepper slices, and pineapple. I usually use beef or pork sirloin, but if I use chicken, I prefer boneless thighs.</p> <h3>Marilyn's Marinade</h3> <p><strong><em>Ingredients:</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>&frac14; cup olive oil</li> <li>&frac14; cup soy sauce</li> <li>1/2 cup molasses</li> <li>1/2 cup sherry</li> <li>⅛ cup Worcestershire</li> <li>1 T grated ginger</li> <li>&frac12; t Chopped garlic</li> <li>Dash of liquid smoke</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Method:</em></strong></p> <p>Combine all ingredients. Cut meat into small chunks and put into a large sandwich bag. Pour marinade over and put into refrigerator for at least six hours. Put onto skewers and grill. Serve with skewered vegetables and rice.</p> <h2>3. Pasta</h2> <p>Pasta easily goes from being delicious dinner to lunchtime leftover. I like to make a little extra pasta, and the next day, I can decide if I want a hot lunch with a leftover sauce, or cold, as in pasta salad. Certain types of pasta also seem to do better in salads: Bow tie, corkscrew, and fusilli come to mind. For a quick salad, just add chopped bell peppers, olives, and feta, and a little Italian dressing.</p> <h2>4. Lentils</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4tgg0erT57c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Aside from being nutrient packed powerhouses (fiber, potassium, calcium zinc, and vitamin K), lentils are <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tgg0erT57c">easy to cook</a> <em>and</em> they are inexpensive. Bonus! I like them for dinner with grilled chicken apple sausages and a purple cabbage coleslaw. For lunch, either pack leftovers and heat, or toss the lentils into a wrap, a salad, or drizzle with a vinaigrette.</p> <h2>5. Fried Chicken</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7-WEdqJBXoQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-WEdqJBXoQ">Fried chicken</a> is pretty darn irresistible when hot, but when cold, it is still delicious, with that spicy, crispy, coating. At home, you can make a healthier version <em>and</em> a frugal one, using bone-in thighs. I like to serve with baked potatoes (bake extra) and vegetables. For lunch, you can dice the leftover potatoes and add an Italian vinaigrette, along with leftover vegetables. Pack into a container along with leftover fried chicken. Instant picnic!</p> <h2>6. Meatloaf</h2> <p>I know some of you are skeptical about meatloaf, having had bad experiences in school cafeterias and terrible diners. A good meatloaf, though, not only makes a terrific dinner, but an outstanding sandwich. <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/home-style-meatloaf/a88edb8e-d80a-4b01-b91a-b6f89a9fd101">This recipe</a> is one of my favorites. Serve with mashed potatoes, carrots, and green beans for dinner. The next day, put a slab on some bread with pickles, mustard, and sharp cheddar cheese.</p> <h2>7. Quiche</h2> <p>Quiche is a perfect &quot;hot or cold&quot; dish. I make them two at a time, because the <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/bacon-and-cheese-quiche/19288cf4-0cdc-46cc-bc86-4c9bfa799695">Pillsbury crusts</a> come two to a pack (&quot;scratch&quot; pie crust is not my thing, gang). You can either enjoy the quiche for a few days, or share one with another hungry family member. The next day after baking, it's fine cold or just warmed up in the microwave. They are also very versatile. You can add cooked, drained broccoli, spinach, chopped meats, etc.</p> <h2>8. Quinoa</h2> <p>Quinoa is another super versatile grain that lends itself to dinner (like this great <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/55885/quinoa-pilaf/">vegetarian quinoa pilaf</a>) and makes enough for leftovers. I love it cold, too. Try adding a cilantro pesto on top, or chopped artichoke hearts.</p> <h2>9. Borscht</h2> <p>You wouldn't think that a beet soup would be so filling, but it is &mdash; and the sour cream topping makes it luxurious. I like <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2009/02/dinner-tonight-vegetarian-borscht-recipe.html">this vegetarian version</a>. This is good with pumpernickel bread. Just wear an apron when you're cooking, because beet juice stains.</p> <h2>10. Frittatas</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/b5EuVL5Xlcc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>You'll love to learn to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5EuVL5Xlcc">make a frittata</a>, because they're easy and are good either hot or cold. They can also be vegetarian, or you can add meat to them. Not all frittatas are flipped, so don't be intimidated. And they are great for using up leftovers that you have in your fridge.</p> <p>Remember food safety. Even if you are eating these meals &quot;cold,&quot; be sure to pack them appropriately so that they stay that way until lunchtime.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite hot or cold lunches? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-frugal-lunches-are-delicious-hot-or-cold">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-delicious-uses-for-leftover-hot-dogs">7 Delicious Uses for Leftover Hot Dogs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-up-leftover-buttermilk">9 Ways to Use Up Leftover Buttermilk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers">11 Meals That Make Terrific Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-63-delicious-ways-to-enjoy-leftovers">Flashback Friday: 63 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/throwback-thursday-58-best-thanksgiving-hacks-ever">Throwback Thursday: 58 Best Thanksgiving Hacks Ever</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink bag lunch cold meals easy lunches easy recipes frugal living hot meals leftovers lunch recipes Mon, 13 Jun 2016 09:00:04 +0000 Marla Walters 1727883 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Smart Things to Do With Leftover Easter Goodies http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-things-to-do-with-leftover-easter-goodies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-smart-things-to-do-with-leftover-easter-goodies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/little_girl_easter_000037037264.jpg" alt="Finding smart things to do with leftover Easter goodies" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Easter holiday means a house filled with pastel&hellip; everything... cluttering the house. Don't toss all those goodies right away after. Instead, here are some ingenious ways to repurpose your leftovers for immediate use or year-round enjoyment.&nbsp;</p> <h2>1. Plastic Eggs (Practical)</h2> <p>These&nbsp;<a href="http://redeemyourground.com/easter-egg-birdseed-ornaments/">birdseed ornaments</a> will liven up your backyard for pennies. Mix together flour, birdseed, water, and corn syrup. Scoop mixture into your plastic eggs, firmly packing to fit. Then close them up to set into your egg shape. Gently open the eggs (it helps to place them in a muffin tin) and let air dry for a few hours. To hang, tie some string or yarn around them. This tutorial makes about 18 small feeders.</p> <h2>2. Plastic Eggs (Pretty)</h2> <p>This sophisticated&nbsp;<a href="http://www.taylormadecreates.com/2011/05/tealight-flight.html">tealight flight</a> is incredibly easy to make. Take your leftover plastic eggs, crack them in half (using the bottoms only), spray on a few coats of spray paint, and attach them to a piece of scrap wood with strong glue. Let everything dry before you place tealights inside to create a beautiful glow.</p> <h2>3. Plastic Eggs (Educational)</h2> <p>I've seen quite a number of ways to repurpose plastic eggs for learning. For my four-year-old daughter, I plan to work on reading skills with these&nbsp;<a href="http://www.playdoughtoplato.com/word-family-eggs/">word family eggs</a>. Just collect your eggs, and use a permanent marker to write several letters on one half and the rest of the word on the second half of the egg. (For example, b-, c-, m-, s- and -at to make bat, cat, mat, and sat.) Your child can turn the sides of the eggs to create the different words and see how they relate.</p> <h2>4. Egg Dye</h2> <p>You've finished coloring your eggs &mdash; now what? Use leftover dye to get crafty. Try&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gsheller.com/2011/04/fun-with-easter-egg-dyes-and-yarn.html">dying bare yarn</a> in a rainbow of colors for whatever projects you have on your calendar. First, soak the yarn in vinegar and water. Get your dyes ready in different containers and use plastic pipettes for coloring. Apply the dye to the yarn, microwave to set, rinse, squeeze, and hang to dry.</p> <h2>5. Jelly Beans</h2> <p>Teach your kids some&nbsp;<a href="http://lemonlimeadventures.com/engineering-for-kids-building-with-jelly-beans/">engineering basics</a> using colorful jelly beans as your guide. To set up the experiment, you'll just need toothpicks, jelly beans, and some creative minds. Make cubes to start and then move on to more complicated shapes to see how they stabilize and shift. The author of this project said that these simple supplies gave her kids over a month of educational enjoyment.</p> <h2>6. Fake Grass</h2> <p>We typically fill our Easter baskets with fake grass of the paper variety. I then use whatever we have left for wrapping gifts (usually in gift bags) throughout the year. I've also used it as cheap packing material and given handfuls of it to my daughter to add dimension to art projects. Alternatively, you can carefully collect your leftovers and reuse them next year.</p> <h2>7. Hard-Boiled Eggs</h2> <p>Before eating your hard-boiled eggs, make sure they haven't been sitting out of the refrigerator for longer than two hours, haven't been in contact with pesticides or animal waste in an outdoor hunt, and aren't more than a week old. Once you've considered these&nbsp;<a href="http://shelflifeadvice.com/content/are-eggs-dyed-easter-safe-eat">food safety points</a>, you can eat them plain, make deviled eggs, or whip up a delicious egg salad.</p> <h2>8. Candy</h2> <p>These&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/leftover-easter-candy-cookies/">leftover Easter candy cookies</a> will help clear out your pantry shelves for fresh spring produce in no time. You simply mix together the dough base with flour, baking soda, sugars, salt, vanilla, and eggs. Then chop up two cups of whatever candy you have left (assorted chocolates probably work better than jelly beans), fold it into the dough, and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown.</p> <h2>9. Baskets</h2> <p>Whether they're crazy colored or more neutral, you can always find great uses for baskets around your home. I store my daughter's markers, crayons, and other art supplies in small baskets that I keep in my craft room. When we're ready to do some coloring or art, I grab a basket and it helps keep everything tidy. Use yours to wrangle small toys (cars, blocks, etc.), books, or store it away to use again next year. Don't like your basket's looks? Spray paint it another color to suit your mood or decor.</p> <h2>10. Egg Crates</h2> <p>There are seriously a million ways you can reuse an egg carton in your home. My current favorite? I'm&nbsp;<a href="http://planetforward.ca/blog/my-organic-gardening-part-three-cartons-are-not-just-for-eggs-anymore-sustainable-practice/">organizing my seedlings</a> for the upcoming planting season. Just cut the lid off, poke a small hole in the bottom of each cup, fill each three-quarters full with soil, place your seeds inside, and put it on a plastic tray. Then label so you know what is what. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-creative-ways-to-reuse-egg-crates?ref=seealso">11 Creative Ways to Reuse Egg Crates</a>)</p> <p><em>How are you re-using your Easter stuff? Let us know in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-things-to-do-with-leftover-easter-goodies">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-have-a-cheaper-easter">10 Ways to Have a Cheaper Easter</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-creative-ways-to-reuse-egg-crates">11 Creative Ways to Reuse Egg Crates</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-cool-ways-to-make-treasure-out-of-trash">12 Cool Ways to Make Treasure Out of Trash</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-wonderful-household-uses-for-essential-oils">13 Wonderful Household Uses for Essential Oils</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks DIY Green Living baskets candy Easter eggs Holidays leftovers recycling repurposing Fri, 25 Mar 2016 09:00:11 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1678890 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Cheap and Easy Meals That Make Even Better Leftovers http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000068458311_Large.jpg" alt="a cheap and easy meal that will make even better leftovers" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's true, some things just get better with age. This is true even with some foods &mdash; just a <em>little</em> age, mind you. Some flavors improve when they've had time to meld, mellow out, or become more concentrated. Here are 10 dishes that not only get tastier, but can serve double-duty as an additional meal the next day.</p> <h2>1. Chili</h2> <p>My favorite recipe contains garlic, oregano, onions, Tabasco, green peppers, and jalapenos. On day one, it's a fairly spicy concoction, but upon reheating, it has been delightfully tamed. Chili also holds up well in the freezer and defrosts pretty quickly. Serve it up again for lunch or dinner with some grated cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips.</p> <h2>2. Meatloaf</h2> <p>Always great with a pile of mashed potatoes and some dilled carrots, meatloaf is so much better the next day in a sandwich with mayo, cheddar cheese, and dill pickles. If you can score some rye bread for that hot mess, all the better.</p> <h2>3. Pizza</h2> <p>If you buy a frozen pizza, or go the take-and-bake route, pizza and salad is a darned inexpensive meal. I never get anything except the large size because it can serve double duty: dinner <em>and</em> breakfast. My husband's trick is to heat a leftover slice in a little olive oil on the stove, so that the bottom re-crisps. Then, he makes an over-easy egg (firm, but still slightly runny). The egg goes on the top of the pizza. The flavors in Italian food are more pronounced, it seems, when reheated. I'm not sure he cares about that. He's a dude happily eating <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-actually-enjoy-leftover-pizza">pizza for breakfast</a> instead of granola.</p> <h2>4. Mushroom Burgers</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/mushroom-burgers">mushroom burgers</a> are one of my favorite vegetarian recipes. Not only are they inexpensive to make, but I actually prefer them to a meat hamburger. Don't skip the dried thyme, which imparts great flavor. I also add a little dried sage. This combo will remind you of Thanksgiving.</p> <p>Even though these days it's usually just my husband and I for dinner, I always make four patties. Why? Breakfast! Go Hawaiian-style with them and re-heat the &quot;burger.&quot; Plop it over some brown rice, and add an egg on top. As the Hawaiians say, &quot;So<em> ono</em>!&quot;</p> <h2>5. Lasagna</h2> <p>If you are going to make a lasagna (or <em>lasagne</em>, whichever way you prefer to spell it), well, go for it and make a big 9x13 pan of it. Why? Lasagna always always gets better after spending the night in the refrigerator. Mine are usually a little sloppy coming out of the oven, even when I let them rest. However, on day two or three, something magical happens and it firms up. The flavors are also more prominent. This can be a second or third dinner, or you can cut into smaller squares for lunches. Lasagna is also a good candidate for the freezer.</p> <h2>6. Stew</h2> <p>Stew meat is really cheap, and there is a reason for that &mdash; it comes from a tough cut (usually chuck or bottom round). Save even more money by just buying a package of meat and cutting it up yourself, rather than buying packages of precut &quot;stew meat.&quot; Don't worry about toughness, though. The act of cooking it slowly breaks the fibers down and tenderizes it. If you pair your meat with some pearl onions, garlic, red wine, and bacon, you'll be happy for days to come. It also freezes well.</p> <h2>7. The Sunday Roast, on Monday</h2> <p>Cooking a roast is a big effort, but the leftovers are great, and you will have enough for sandwiches, and maybe even another dinner. But wait! There is a breakfast bonus. Chop it up, add cooked potatoes, sauteed peppers, and onions, and bake into hash. Voila! Add a fried egg on top for a little extra treat.</p> <h2>8. Chicken Soup</h2> <p>For a variety of reasons, chicken soup is just better down the road. My mother's theory was that bay leaves gave soup extra flavor. She also was a fan of bouquet garni. I think the chicken fat and salt helps, too. I freeze mine in double gallon Ziplocks &mdash; you don't want to chance leakage &mdash; and don't forget to label. When you get a cold, remembering you have homemade chicken soup in the freezer will make you instantly feel better.</p> <h2>9. Thrice-Baked Potatoes</h2> <p>Not too many foods are as inexpensive as potatoes &mdash; or as versatile. Baked potatoes are fine, but twice-baked (containing cheese, green onion, maybe some broccoli or spinach) are terrific. And they are even better at breakfast, and especially on cold days. Bake a whole potato, stuff each half, and enjoy half with dinner and half another time. I tote my &quot;second half&quot; to the office, where I can microwave it.</p> <h2>10. Curry</h2> <p>Curry is often so spicy that I want a glass of milk to drink with it. So hot, but so good! Let it spend the night in the refrigerator, though, and it will mellow out. But it won't become boring, as the flavors seem to concentrate. I like mine with chicken, carrots, and pumpkin. Usually served with lots of rice, there is always enough for a second meal. It's inexpensive comfort food.</p> <p><em>Did we miss any delicious leftover gems? Let us know in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-simple-kitchen-skills-every-frugal-person-should-master">16 Simple Kitchen Skills Every Frugal Person Should Master</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-money-saving-hacks-for-those-who-hate-cooking">8 Money-Saving Hacks for Those Who Hate Cooking</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-thanksgiving-recipes-you-can-make-in-your-crock-pot">11 Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Make in Your Crock Pot</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-actually-enjoy-leftover-pizza">9 Ways to Actually Enjoy Leftover Pizza</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-perfectly-respectable-uses-for-instant-mashed-potatoes">5 Perfectly Respectable Uses for Instant Mashed Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap dinners Cooking easy meals leftovers meal planning recipes Tue, 23 Feb 2016 11:00:11 +0000 Marla Walters 1658639 at http://www.wisebread.com Hambone Soup and 13 Other Hambone Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/hambone-soup-and-13-other-hambone-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/hambone-soup-and-13-other-hambone-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/ham_dinner_000031794230.jpg" alt="Making hambone soup and other hambone recipes" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's hard to eat a whole ham &mdash; leftovers are almost guaranteed. Even after feeding a crowd, you'll find yourself with a picked-over bone that you may be ready to toss in the trash. Don't do it!</p> <p>There are tons of inexpensive and utterly delicious dishes you can whip together with leftover ham and hambones. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-ways-to-use-leftover-mashed-potatoes">10 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Mashed Potatoes</a>)</p> <p>(You can even skip buying the whole ham itself and instead ask your butcher if there are any bones available to buy. The HoneyBaked Ham store in Los Angeles sells hambones for a thrifty $3 per pound, and they have a little extra meat to spare.)</p> <h2>1. Crock-Pot Ham Stock</h2> <p>After pulling off the leftover meat (save that for later!), I put leftover ham bones in my Crock-Pot, cover them with a gallon of water, and cook them overnight. The next morning, I have four quarts of bubbling stock. This makes a wonderful base for soups and more.</p> <h2>2. Gumbo</h2> <p>I use the ham stock made in my Crock-Pot to make a version of Leah Chase's <a href="https://www.southernfoodways.org/interview/louisiana-gumbo-recipes/">Gumbo Z'Herbes</a>. Although gumbo is an expensive dish due to all the meat, a cup of gumbo over steamed rice makes a hearty meal. I had six servings leftover, which freeze well for quickie meals during colder months.</p> <h2>3. Black-Eyed Peas With Ham Hock and Collards</h2> <p>Also made in a slow cooker, this <a href="http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017090-black-eyed-peas-with-ham-hock-and-collards">black-eyed peas and collards</a> is a Southern New Year's Day classic, and also the perfect dish to use up leftover Christmas ham.</p> <h2>4. Sandwiches</h2> <p>Don't underestimate the almighty sandwich. Go Italian with a tasty <a href="http://communitytable.parade.com/29524/janemichaelstern/muffalettas/">muffaletta</a> for Sunday dinner, or enjoy some Cuban flair with <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/43945/classic-cuban-midnight-medianoche-sandwich/">medianoches</a> instead. Also utterly delicious between two fresh slices of bread? <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/221036/homemade-deviled-ham-sandwiches/">Homemade deviled ham</a>.</p> <h2>5. Ham Cakes</h2> <p><a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/220768/ham-cake-ettes/">Ham cake-ettes</a> are a great way to use up the inevitable post-holiday leftover ham and mashed potatoes. Cover the cakes with panko, and these are the turf version of crab cakes.</p> <h2>6. Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Ham</h2> <p>Even picky eaters will love roasted <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/roasted-brussels-sprouts-with-ham-garlic">Brussels sprouts with ham and garlic</a>. The sprouts caramelize when they roast, which gives them beautiful texture.</p> <h2>7. Hoppin' John</h2> <p>The Lowcountry classic <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/hoppin-john-104452">Hoppin' John</a> is perfect for breakfast, and is similar to beans and rice. The ingredients are super cheap &mdash; you probably already have most of them sitting in your pantry right now.</p> <h2>8. Grits or Polenta</h2> <p>One of my favorite sides to bring to any potluck is a <a href="http://alberscorn.com/cheese-grits-casserole/">cheesy grits casserole</a>. Top the dish with some crispy cubes of cooked ham and a sprinkle of green onion, and you're guaranteed to return home with an empty pan. One of the great things about this dish is that it can be frozen for later. It reheats nicely under the broiler or in the microwave, perfect for breakfasts down the road.</p> <p>For people who are just too fancy for grits, polenta (the grits of Italy) makes excellent hammy <a href="http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/ham-polenta-spoonbread.aspx">spoon bread</a> or <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/pb/recipes/polenta-gratin-ham-greens-and-smoked-cheddar/14435/">ham and cheddar gratin</a>.</p> <h2>9. Ham and Cheese Pretzel Calzones</h2> <p>The next time you're entertaining, blow your friends away with these <a href="http://www.girlversusdough.com/2012/04/18/ham-cheddar-stuffed-pretzel-calzones/">ham and cheese pretzel calzones</a>. (Instead of cheddar cheese, I substitute brie and it is delicious.)</p> <h2>10. Choucroute Garnie</h2> <p>A classic Alsatian dish, <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/choucroute-garnie">choucroute garnie</a> is a rustic mix of sauerkraut with sausages and other salted meats (like ham!). I omitted wine from my recipe and still enjoyed it.</p> <h2>11. Arroz Frito Cubano</h2> <p>I used my last bit of leftover ham and my last two cups of stock to make <a href="http://cubaninthemidwest.blogspot.co.uk/2010/08/arroz-frito-cubano-cuban-fried-rice.html">arroz frito cubano</a>, a Chino-Cubano dish. I cooked the steamed rice in ham stock instead of water, and used up all the leftover ingredients from the week's dishes to make a thrifty meal.</p> <h2>12. Ham Omelet</h2> <p>I made a super fun green eggs and ham Denver omelet by combining Martha Stewart's recipe for <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/893674/green-eggs-and-ham">pesto eggs</a> with the <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/the-denver-omelet-398356">classic omelet recipe</a> from the Denver Post. Kids will love this one, too.</p> <h2>13. Pasta</h2> <p>Yes, ham also goes great with pasta. Make a filling and comforting <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/orecchiette-pasta-with-peas-ham-and-cream-100836">pasta with creamy ham sauce</a>, or use it to stuff <a href="http://www.recipesandreviews.co.uk/2013/10/spinach-ham-and-ricotta-ravioli.html">spinach and ham ravioli</a>.</p> <h2>14. Flavorful Additions</h2> <p>Another great way to use up leftover ham is by simply adding it to any dish you like for a flavorful kick. It makes a perfect topping for homemade pizzas, filling for quesadillas, or stuffing for savory pies. Get creative!</p> <p><em>What are your favorite ways to use leftover ham?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/hambone-soup-and-13-other-hambone-recipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-actually-enjoy-leftover-pizza">9 Ways to Actually Enjoy Leftover Pizza</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-quick-dinners-for-lazy-cooks">8 Quick Dinners for Lazy Cooks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-up-leftover-buttermilk">9 Ways to Use Up Leftover Buttermilk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-meals-that-make-terrific-leftovers">11 Meals That Make Terrific Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers">10 Cheap and Easy Meals That Make Even Better Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink ham ham bones leftovers meals recipes soups Fri, 25 Dec 2015 12:00:03 +0000 Max Wong 1618943 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Easy, Delicious Canned Cranberry Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-delicious-canned-cranberry-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-easy-delicious-canned-cranberry-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/fresh_cranberries_000052987314.jpg" alt="Using delicious recipes for canned cranberry" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Although I always make my mother's special recipe of fresh cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving, I am the only one who eats it. <em>Everyone prefers canned.</em> What to do with any leftover canned cranberry, though? Here are 10 delicious solutions.</p> <h2>1.The Cran-Turkey Sammich</h2> <p>Quite possibly in my Top Five Sandwiches list is this delicious cranberry-turkey sandwich. It's very simple. For each sandwich, spread bread with softened cream cheese. Add red onion or chopped shallot, leftover turkey, a couple slices of canned cranberry, and a lettuce leaf. We used whole wheat sourdough for a recent lunch, but I think they'd be extra-yummy on sliced brioche.</p> <h2>2. Better Bagels</h2> <p>The above sandwich can be turned into a fast breakfast with bagels, cream cheese, lunch-meat turkey, and cranberry sauce.</p> <h2>3. Cranberry Meatballs</h2> <p>Only requiring three ingredients, cranberry meatballs meet the &quot;fast and easy&quot; criteria. Simply combine a bag of frozen turkey meatballs, a can of cranberry sauce (not the whole berry type), and bottle of chili sauce <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-thanksgiving-recipes-you-can-make-in-your-crock-pot">in your Crock-Pot</a>. People <em>love</em> them. You can assemble them at the office for a potluck around 10 a.m. and drive them crazy with the aroma. They're also great for a quick meal at home, over rice or egg noodles.</p> <h2>4. Cranberry Meatloaf</h2> <p>Not a fan of meatloaf, you say? Guess again. Here is something I whipped up:</p> <h3>Meatloaf Mixture</h3> <ul> <li>1 pound ground turkey</li> <li>&frac12; cup panko crumbs</li> <li>2 eggs, beaten</li> <li>2 T shallots, finely minced</li> <li>&frac14; cup ketchup</li> <li>⅛ cup half-and-half</li> <li>1 t salt</li> <li>&frac12; t pepper</li> <li>&frac14; cup bacon bits</li> <li>&frac12; cup bleu cheese</li> <li>Nonstick spray</li> </ul> <h3>Sauce</h3> <ul> <li>&frac14; can cranberry, mashed up with a fork</li> <li>&frac12; cup ketchup</li> <li>1 T Sriracha sauce (or to taste)</li> </ul> <h3>Method</h3> <p>Combine sauce ingredients well and set aside.</p> <p>Spray loaf pan with nonstick spray. Combine turkey burger, panko crumbs, eggs, &frac14; cup ketchup, shallots, half-and-half, salt, and pepper. Place one-half of that mixture in bottom of loaf pan. Then, sprinkle bacon bits and bleu cheese over the mixture. Top with remaining turkey mixture and bake at 375 F for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and spread sauce over top. Bake for another 20 minutes or until sauce is bubbly. Remove from oven and let it &quot;rest&quot; for 10 minutes. Slice and serve with garlic mashed potatoes and spinach-pear salad. Leftovers make awesome sandwiches.</p> <h2>5. Fancier Chicken</h2> <p>Oven-baked chicken breasts for dinner? Those can be pretty boring. A sauce makes all the difference, though. Smash up some of that canned cranberry with a little brown sugar, a pat of butter, a spritz of lime, and a dash of bourbon. Heat until melted and pour over that formerly boring chicken.</p> <h2>6. Zip Up Some Pork Chops</h2> <p>Try a chunky berry sauce with your grilled pork chops. To a can of whole-berry sauce, add a teaspoon each of finely-minced jalapeno and freshly grated ginger, and a small can of crushed pineapple. Heat until bubbly and then serve with pork chops.</p> <h2>7. Fast Appetizers</h2> <p>If you like the contrast of creamy Brie and tart cranberries, experiment with making easy appetizers. Try pre-made tart shells filled with cheese, caramelized onions or shallots, and a teaspoon of cranberries. Even easier? Slather onto crostini. Pick up puff pastry in the freezer section, fill with the cheese and cranberry combo, and bake.</p> <h2>8. Make a Smoothie</h2> <p>Toss chunky cranberry sauce into the blender and make a really delicious smoothie with almond milk and a banana.</p> <h2>9. Easy Syrup</h2> <p>Cranberry syrup is delicious on pancakes, waffles, or crepes. Heat a can of the whole-berry sauce. To thicken, stir &frac12; teaspoon of cornstarch into &frac14; cup of cold water. Stir well. Add to heated cranberry sauce and stir on low heat until thickened. Chill leftover syrup and and spoon over a plain cheesecake, angel-food cake, or into vanilla Greek yogurt.</p> <h2>10. Healthy Lunch</h2> <p>Leftover quinoa? Try mixing it with feta, a couple of spoonfuls of canned whole cranberry, and some leftover turkey or chicken. Top with toasted pecans.</p> <p>See? Canned cranberry isn't just for Thanksgiving. Stock up and enjoy the goodness anytime!</p> <p><em>What's your favorite canned cranberry recipe?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-delicious-canned-cranberry-recipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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It's my favorite holiday. So, of course, I always cook way too much food. Fortunately, if there's one thing I love more than <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-thanksgiving-recipes-you-can-make-in-your-crock-pot">Thanksgiving dinner</a>, it's all the leftovers. Here's a list of some of my favorite Thanksgiving leftover hacks.</p> <h2>1. Like a Turkey and Stuffing Sandwich, But Not</h2> <p>Turkey tacos are super delicious and super easy to make. Just put everything into a tortilla and zap it hot in the microwave.</p> <h2>2. Cook Enchiladas With the Turkey</h2> <p>Jason Vincent, the executive chef of Chicago's Nightwood restaurant, makes <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Turkey-Enchiladas-51197020">turkey enchiladas</a> <em>while </em>he prepares his Thanksgiving dinner, cooking the enchilada sauce right in the bottom of the turkey roasting pan! Genius.</p> <h2>3. Jook</h2> <p>Another cook-it-while-you-eat Thanksgiving leftovers dinner is jook, also known as congee. Jook is a super easy and frugal Chinese comfort food. To make <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/turkey-jook-350588">turkey jook</a>, put the turkey carcass into a large Crock-Pot or soup pot. Then add one cup of rice to 10 cups of water. Cook until the rice breaks down to a porridge-like consistency. I like to add a thumb-sized chunk of ginger and some garlic cloves while it's cooking for additional flavor. Season the finished jook with soy sauce, pepper, hot chili oil, or green onions. My husband likes to add leftover French fried onions (from the green bean casserole).</p> <h2>4. Cranberry Meatballs</h2> <p>The classic <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/15206/cocktail-meatballs/">cocktail meatball</a> recipe calls for grape jelly, but this one uses cranberry. A great way to use up any leftover cranberry sauce.</p> <h2>5. Green Gravy and Biscuits</h2> <p>Puree leftover green bean casserole in a food processor. Reheat (adding additional gravy or turkey broth as needed). Pour green gravy over warm biscuits and top with more French fried onions.</p> <h2>6. Pasta alla Genovese</h2> <p>Most Americans recognize this dish as pasta with pesto, but the original Ligurian <a href="http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/pasta-alla-genovese-5162">pasta alla genovese</a> recipe includes green beans and potatoes.</p> <h2>7. Creamy Turkey in Puff Pastry</h2> <p>Turn biscuits and gravy into a <a href="http://southernfood.about.com/od/turkeyrecipes/r/bl61122d.htm">dainty dinner appetizer</a> with puff pastry and the addition of a can of drained artichokes.</p> <h2>8. Salad Niçoise</h2> <p>Green beans? Check. Cooked potatoes? Check. If you've got these two leftovers you can whip up <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/recipe/julia-childs-salade-nicoise-8255829">salad niçoise</a>, one of Julia Childs' favorite recipes, with the addition of a few kitchen staples like canned tuna and hard-boiled eggs.</p> <h2>9. Turkey Waldorf Salad</h2> <p>One of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes is Waldorf salad. It's a dish that I make year-round because it pairs well with a variety of cuisines. So, it's pretty much a no-brainer to add leftover turkey to make, well, <a href="http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1017004-turkey-waldorf-salad">turkey Waldorf salad</a>. Use it in sandwiches or toss with mixed greens to stretch the recipe into a lunch entrée.</p> <h2>10. Curry in a Hurry</h2> <p>Add leftover turkey, carrots, green beans, or potatoes to your favorite curry sauce recipe or make a <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/curried-turkey-and-mango-salad-105783">curried turkey salad</a>.</p> <h2>11. Vegetable Samosas</h2> <p><a href="http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/samosa-recipe-punjabi-samosa/">Samosas</a> are the Punjabi version of hand pies. This Indian chef gives step-by-step instructions on how to make fried, twice fried, and baked versions of this classic snack. Samosas are my very favorite way to use up leftover mashed potatoes and peas.</p> <h2>12. Shepherd's Pie With Two-Potato Topping</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/turkey-shepherds-pie-with-two-potato-topping">shepherd's pie recipe</a> from New York's Red Cat restaurant calls for turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, and sweet potatoes. Make one giant pie for Sunday night (after Thanksgiving) dinner for the family, or prepare individual pies in ramekins.</p> <h2>13. Mashed Potato Pancakes</h2> <p>With just a five-minute prep time, these <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/leftover-mashed-potato-pancakes-9054">potato pancakes</a> make a quickie meal from leftover mashed potatoes.</p> <h2>14. Sweet Potato Latkes</h2> <p>Full disclosure: very few recipes churn my stomach more than the sweet potato and marshmallow-topped casserole that grace so many Thanksgiving tables. Blargh. However, this recipe for <a href="http://toriavey.com/toris-kitchen/2013/10/sweet-potato-latkes-brown-sugar-syrup/">sweet potato latkes with candied pecans</a> is making me rethink my entire stance on sweetened sweet potatoes. Is it a side dish or a dessert? You decide.</p> <h2>15. Cheesy Mashed Potato Muffins</h2> <p>Feeling fancy? Then forget about frying potato pancakes and bake up some savory leftover <a href="http://www.justataste.com/cheesy-leftover-mashed-potato-muffins-recipe/">mashed potato muffins</a> instead.</p> <h2>16. Cranberry Crisp</h2> <p>Use up leftover apples and/or cranberry sauce by turning them into a super simple <a href="http://southernfood.about.com/od/applecrisps/r/bl11014d.htm">fruit cobbler</a>.</p> <h2>17. Peanut Butter and Cranberry Sauce Sandwiches</h2> <p>Cranberry sauce is basically firm jam. Use it as a jam substitute in any of these <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/30-ways-to-use-up-a-jar-of-preserves">recipes for preserves</a>.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipe?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-use-thanksgiving-leftovers">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-meals-you-can-make-with-thanksgiving-leftovers">4 Meals You Can Make With Thanksgiving Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-delicious-canned-cranberry-recipes">10 Easy, Delicious Canned Cranberry Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-youll-waste-money-on-this-thanksgiving">10 Things You&#039;ll Waste Money on This Thanksgiving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-actually-enjoy-leftover-pizza">9 Ways to Actually Enjoy Leftover Pizza</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-ways-to-use-leftover-mashed-potatoes">10 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Mashed Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink green beans leftovers mashed potatoes recipes Thanksgiving turkey Thu, 26 Nov 2015 12:00:05 +0000 Max Wong 1616591 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Genius Ways to Use Leftover Fruits and Veggies http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-genius-ways-to-use-leftover-fruits-and-veggies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-genius-ways-to-use-leftover-fruits-and-veggies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/000043964332.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found genius ways to use leftover produce, the best stores for Black Friday this year, and simple tricks to cut costs over the holidays.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Uses-Leftover-Fruit-Vegetables-35106060#photo-35106060">26 Genius Uses For Leftover Fruits and Vegetables</a> &mdash; You can use citrus rinds as natural planters for your seedlings, then plant them directly in your garden when they're big enough! [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/5-reasons-youll-never-get-out-debt/">5 Reasons You'll Never Get Out of Debt</a> &mdash; You'll always be in debt if you constantly make up excuses to put off money management. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/1118/Black-Friday-sales-the-10-best-stores-for-2015">Black Friday sales: the 10 best stores for 2015</a> &mdash; Target, Walmart, and Kohl's are worth checking out, but Best Buy will have the best Black Friday sale of the year, hands down. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://frugalbeautiful.com/blog/simple-tricks-cut-costs-save-holidays-starting-today/">Simple Tricks To Cut Costs &amp; Save Up For The Holidays (Starting Today!)</a> &mdash; Making DIY gifts is a great way to save money, but don't be caught in a pinch! Start planning your projects now and buy supplies in bulk if you can. [Frugal Beautiful]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2015/11/3-monumental-startup-disasters-entrepreneurs-can-avoid.html">3 Monumental Startup Disasters And How Entrepreneurs Can Avoid Them</a> &mdash; Got a million-dollar idea? Take steps to protect yourself! Don't repeat these mistakes. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.lifeoptimizer.org/2015/11/18/better-tomorrow/">7 Questions to Ask Yourself Every Day for a Better Tomorrow</a> &mdash; Ask yourself periodically, &quot;How am I feeling right now?&quot; Acknowledging your feelings, whether they&rsquo;re negative or positive, is an empowering thing. [Life Optimizer]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dinksfinance.com/2015/11/4-things-you-can-do-to-save-money-today/">4 Things You Can Do to Save Money Today!</a> &mdash; Phones plans change all the time, and phone companies don't always tell you when they do. Do some research and see if your provider offers a cheaper plan. [Dinks Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://www.robertjacobs.org/2015/11/16/4-ways-to-get-rid-of-financial-lifestyle-creep/">5 Ways to Get Rid of Financial Lifestyle Creep</a> &mdash; When you start to feel that luxuries are becoming necessities, think back to a time when you couldn't afford the luxury. If you could make do without it then, you can make do without it now. [Everyday Financial Strategies]</p> <p><a href="http://reachfinancialindependence.com/top-6-free-tools-to-start-and-grow-your-online-business/">Top 6 Free Tools to Start and Grow your Online Business</a> &mdash; Use Coogle, mind mapping tool, to quickly organize your ideas. [Reach Financial Independence]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dontpayfull.com/blog/how-to-save-time-and-money-on-your-laundry">How to Save Time and Money on Your Laundry</a> &mdash; Make sure your dryer is running efficiently by checking the external dryer vent for any lint or dirt build-up. [Don't Pay Full]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-genius-ways-to-use-leftover-fruits-and-veggies">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers">Thursday Night Soup: Delicious Soup From Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-actually-enjoy-leftover-pizza">9 Ways to Actually Enjoy Leftover Pizza</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-ways-to-use-leftover-mashed-potatoes">10 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Mashed Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-better-and-save-money-with-these-easy-two-night-meals">Eat Better and Save Money With These Easy Two-Night Meals</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink best money tips leftovers produce Mon, 23 Nov 2015 20:00:11 +0000 Amy Lu 1615570 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Ways to Actually Enjoy Leftover Pizza http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-actually-enjoy-leftover-pizza <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-ways-to-actually-enjoy-leftover-pizza" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_eating_pizza_000028364350.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to actually enjoy leftover pizza" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Pizza. It's awesome. Whether you enjoy it hot and fresh when it arrives at your table, or cold the following day, most people in America can't get enough of it.</p> <p>However, suggest leftover <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-fall-pizzas">pizza as a meal</a>&nbsp;to some people, and they just look at you like you're not even trying. But it can be delicious, and surprising, if you use your imagination and are prepared to experiment. Here are eight ways to prepare leftover pizza that you may never have considered.</p> <h2>1. Chinese Pizza Rolls</h2> <p>You wouldn't think they'd go well together, but the Cooking Channel did a little experimentation and came up with this bizarre but beautiful <a href="http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/laurie-march-and-dan-pashman/leftover-pizza-rolls.html">pizza and Chinese food</a> concoction. Start with leftover pizza slices, and leftover Chinese food. Sprinkle the Chinese food evenly over the pizza slice, top with your favorite grated cheese, and then roll it up and bake it for 10 minutes. Try it. Seriously!</p> <h2>2. Pizza Waffle Hot Pockets</h2> <p>If you have a waffle iron and a few slices of leftover pizza, you can combine them to make a hot, crispy, cheese-filled snack of awesomeness. Simply fold the slice of pizza (hopefully it's not deep dish; that won't work) and trim it to the size and shape of your waffler. Most are square, but you may have a round one, or a fancy heart-shaped machine. Then, seal it and wait for a few minutes. You'll have a snack that's a bit like a calzone, but way more crispy and easy to handle.</p> <h2>3. Quick and Easy Quiche</h2> <p>Some people may look at pizza and eggs as a bizarre combination, but in many countries (including my home of England), it's customary to crack an egg on a pizza a few minutes before it's finished cooking. So, to take this idea one step further, why not cover the whole pizza in eggs? A pizza quiche is much like a regular quiche, only way more flavorful (especially if your pizza was covered in awesome toppings like Italian sausage, pepperoni, bacon, sundried tomatoes, and other groovy ingredients). Check out this terrific recipe for &quot;<a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/leftover-pizza-frittata-using-leftover-pizza-433837">quizza</a>&quot; &mdash; just tweak it to suit your tastes.</p> <h2>4. Scrambled Eggs a la Pizza</h2> <p>Another take on pizza and eggs, but this one is much easier to prepare (and yet, still just as tasty). First, you need to prepare your pizza. Cut off the crusts, and dice the pizza slices into very small pieces. Roughly dime-sized. Next, whip up your eggs in the usual way, adding salt, pepper, and other seasonings. When you add them to the hot pan (always add a little butter) wait for the eggs to turn from a runny consistency into something more like pudding, then quickly fold in the pizza pieces. Serve as is, or with a little hot sauce for added zest.</p> <h2>5. The Best Salad Croutons &mdash; Ever</h2> <p>You know what makes a salad tastier? PIZZA! You can choose how you want to prepare the pizza croutons, but whatever you do, you're adding pizza to salad, and that means all kinds of tasty is coming. The easiest way is to simply cut off the pizza crust, slice it into crouton-sized pieces, and sprinkle liberally over greens. If you prefer, go the hot crouton route: Slice and dice as usual, then place on a baking tray and pop them in the oven until they reach the desired crispy level. You can even flavor the croutons before you reheat them, adding barbeque sauce, buffalo sauce, or other flavors. And remember, ranch goes well with both pizza and salad. You can also use the same croutons in a hearty soup.</p> <h2>6. Pizza Lasagna</h2> <p>Both pizza and lasagna are Italian dishes, and so both share similar flavors and textures. You can already make a twist on traditional lasagna by adding a little pepperoni or sausage to your recipe, and exchanging regular tomato sauce for pizza sauce. However, if you have a bunch of leftover pizza, be it plain cheese, or something more adventurous, <a href="http://cookinwithsuperpickle.blogspot.com/2014/09/leftover-pizza-lasagna.html">layer it into the lasagna</a>. It's quick, it's tasty, and it may just surprise you and your friends and family.</p> <h2>7. Pizza Dipping Strips</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.yelp.com/topic/new-york-pizza-leftovers-what-do-you-do-with-them">pizza dipping strip</a> idea comes from Yelper Brent R., and I've used it several times. It's easy, it's fast, and it's delicious. Slice the pizza into thin strips and put them into a hot iron skillet that has been sprinkled with extra virgin olive oil. Crisp it up on both sides, then remove it and sprinkle on some sea salt, a dash of balsamic vinaigrette, and some Pecorino Romano cheese shavings (or Parmesan if you prefer). Served on top of a bed of arugula, or another simple salad, it's even tastier than the pizza it started life as.</p> <h2>8. Create an EPIC Sandwich</h2> <p>Bread. It's good for sandwiches. But when you want to pull out all the stops and have a sandwich that Chuck Norris would have trouble finishing, you swap out the bread for slices of pizza. Check out this triple-decker, <a href="http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/leftover-pizza-burger">diet-buster of a sandwich</a> that is layered as follows:</p> <ul> <li>1 slice of leftover pizza (hot or cold)</li> <li>3 slices of spicy Italian sausage, pan-fried</li> <li>1 slice of leftover pizza (hot or cold)</li> <li>1 hot and juicy burger</li> <li>1 slice of American cheese</li> <li>1 slice of leftover pizza (hot or cold)</li> </ul> <p>The trickiest part is finding a way to open your mouth wide enough to eat it. And as for calorie count, this monster is not for the squeamish.</p> <p>And finally&hellip;</p> <h2>9. Make a Pizza Shake!</h2> <p>Simply take a slice of leftover pizza, and throw it in a blender with milk and ice cream, and a dollop of&hellip; actually, no. Just kidding. Don't try this at home. (But if you do, please report back!)</p> <p><em>But if you have any more leftover pizza ideas you love, let us know. Are we missing something delicious or mind-blowing?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-actually-enjoy-leftover-pizza">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-good-food-goes-bad-part-ii-tortillas-and-tortilla-chips">When Good Food Goes Bad, Part II: Tortillas and Tortilla Chips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-ways-to-use-up-leftover-buttermilk">9 Ways to Use Up Leftover Buttermilk</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-use-thanksgiving-leftovers">17 Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-cheap-and-easy-meals-that-make-even-better-leftovers">10 Cheap and Easy Meals That Make Even Better Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-easy-pizza-crust">Frugal Gluten-Free Living: Easy Pizza Crust</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink creative dishes leftovers pizza recipes Wed, 30 Sep 2015 11:01:32 +0000 Paul Michael 1576081 at http://www.wisebread.com Food Going Bad Quickly? Here's How to Fix It http://www.wisebread.com/food-going-bad-quickly-heres-how-to-fix-it <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/food-going-bad-quickly-heres-how-to-fix-it" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_fresh_fruit_000047218614.jpg" alt="Woman holding fresh food that spoils quickly" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Ever remember that you have delicious leftovers or fresh veggies in the fridge, only to discover rolling hills of mold covering their surface? It's the worst and it's time to learn how to prevent rapid <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-i-eat-this-a-quick-guide-to-expiration-dates-and-food-safety">food spoilage</a>. Keeping food fresh for longer saves money &mdash; and it's easy.</p> <h2>1. Store Fresh Produce Correctly</h2> <p>Do you place different types of produce in different areas of the kitchen, or do you shove everything in the crisper drawer? Here's how to store them best.</p> <h3>Greens</h3> <p>These go in your vegetable crisper. Be sure to keep them at the top, never stacking heavy veggies on top of lettuces and baby greens.</p> <h3>Vegetables</h3> <p>Remove rubber bands and twist ties. Be sure to trim leafy ends and wash the veggies. Place in a clean bag with air holes punctured for air flow. Give them a space in the crisper or the bottom shelf of your fridge.</p> <h3>Fruit</h3> <p>Do not store fruit and vegetables together &mdash; a gas called ethylene accumulates, attracting bacteria too quickly. Stone fruits, apples, pears, and melons should all be left to ripen on the countertop. Oranges and all citrus, bell peppers, and most berries should be refrigerated immediately. And because bananas ripen fastest, place them near any other fruit you'd like to ripen faster, such as apples or pears.</p> <h3>Roots</h3> <p>Basic roots like onions, potatoes, beets, and turnips should stay outside in their own basket. Once they have been cut, store them in a Tupperware in the fridge.</p> <h2>2. Store Leftovers Immediately</h2> <p>Do you normally let dinner cool on the stove after eating? That actually allows bacteria to accumulate faster, giving it a head start before entering the colder, less hospitable fridge environment. For best results, store food while it's still piping hot. Build time into dinner prep to immediately pour a portion of leftover food into storage containers and throw into the fridge.</p> <h2>3. Use Natural Preservatives</h2> <p>There's no need to go out and buy antimicrobials and antifungal chemical preservatives unless you are cooking for large groups. For home cooking, here are a few simple ways to keep food from spoiling without resorting to pickling everything:</p> <h3>Brining (or Salting)</h3> <p>Have a whole bird or large cut of meat and worried you might not get to it in time? Freezing is only good if you have the right containers to prevent freezer burn. Try brining your meat by coating it in salt. This pulls water from bacterial cells, killing the bacteria which cannot live without moisture.</p> <h3>Sugaring</h3> <p>Similar to brining, sugaring also pulls moisture from bacterial cells, making food safer to eat for a very long time. This is great for fruits, making delicious snacks out of fruit you may not have had enough time to eat fresh.</p> <h3>Citric Acid</h3> <p>Lemon and lime juice are a godsend for fruits and vegetables that have already been cut and are vulnerable to browning or spoiling. From guacamole to pre-made salads, use plenty of lemon or lime juice that not only adds vitamin C and brightness to your food, but also stalls the spoiling process for a day or two.</p> <h2>4. Sweep the Refrigerator</h2> <p>It's smart to take stock of the fridge once a week and clean it out. Here what to look for.</p> <h3>Other Rotten Food</h3> <p>If there is anything rotting in your fridge, get rid of it immediately. The gases coming from those bacteria flourishing in nearby rotting foods could be spoiling your fresh food by proxy.</p> <h3>Cleaning</h3> <p>For the same reasons as above, random condiment smears, beverage spills, and other grime attracts bacteria and fungus along the surfaces inside your refrigerator. Be sure to clean any food residue from the surfaces regularly.</p> <h3>Temperature</h3> <p>Be sure that your fridge is cold enough to prevent fast bacteria growth, but not so cold that it freezes fresh food (which can ruin most fresh produce by the time you want to eat it).</p> <h2>5. Sterilize the Tupperware Regularly</h2> <p>One of the easiest things you can do is also one of the easiest things to forget: keeping Tupperware clean. If things get really bad, sterilize containers by soaking them in boiling water for at least 10 minutes.</p> <p>Are you still bothering with flimsy plastic containers? It can be difficult to remove mold spores from plastic, so invest in some more durable and less porous glass containers. They are not only easier to clean, but are safer to store food for much longer than their plastic counterparts.</p> <p><em>How do you keep your food fresh for longer?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amanda-meadows">Amanda Meadows</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/food-going-bad-quickly-heres-how-to-fix-it">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers">Thursday Night Soup: Delicious Soup From Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-ways-to-eat-paleo-for-super-cheap">20 Ways to Eat Paleo for Super Cheap</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-delicious-uses-for-leftover-hot-dogs">7 Delicious Uses for Leftover Hot Dogs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-cool-things-you-can-make-with-an-ice-cube-tray">14 Cool Things You Can Make With an Ice Cube Tray</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Organization fridge fruits leftovers mold spoiling veggies Fri, 15 May 2015 11:00:16 +0000 Amanda Meadows 1420493 at http://www.wisebread.com