leftovers http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/205/all en-US 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-7"> <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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <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-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-things-you-can-do-with-a-credit-card-besides-buy-stuff">15 Things You Can Do With a Credit Card Besides Buy Stuff</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/10-delicious-ways-to-save-stale-bread">10 Delicious Ways to Save Stale Bread</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/5-perfectly-respectable-uses-for-instant-mashed-potatoes">5 Perfectly Respectable Uses for Instant 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/tasty-treats-to-make-with-mulberries">Tasty Treats to Make With Mulberries</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-easy-recipes-perfect-for-the-traveling-chef">5 Easy Recipes Perfect for the Traveling Chef</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-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-delicious-and-frugal-power-bowls-you-want-right-now">10 Delicious and Frugal Power Bowls You Want Right Now</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/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-4 views-row-even"> <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-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. 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/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/kick-ass-alternatives-to-canned-cranberry-sauce">Kick-Ass Alternatives to Canned Cranberry Sauce</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/20-surprisingly-delicious-squash-recipes">20 Surprisingly Delicious Squash Recipes</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 canned cranberry cranberry sauce leftovers recipes Thanksgiving Fri, 27 Nov 2015 16:00:44 +0000 Marla Walters 1616592 at http://www.wisebread.com 17 Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-use-thanksgiving-leftovers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/17-ways-to-use-thanksgiving-leftovers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/thanksgiving_leftover_pie_000077749959.jpg" alt="Learning genius ways to use Thanksgiving leftovers" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I love Thanksgiving. 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-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/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/5-perfectly-respectable-uses-for-instant-mashed-potatoes">5 Perfectly Respectable Uses for Instant 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/20-surprisingly-delicious-squash-recipes">20 Surprisingly Delicious Squash Recipes</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-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/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/the-produce-workers-guide-to-choosing-fruits-and-vegetables">The Produce Worker&#039;s Guide to Choosing Fruits and Vegetables</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/16-ways-to-use-up-leftover-champagne">16 Ways to Use Up Leftover Champagne</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/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-3 views-row-odd"> <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> <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/when-good-food-goes-bad-part-iii-the-crisper-from-hell">Delicious Way to Use Up All the Vegetables in Your Crisper</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-easy-delicious-canned-cranberry-recipes">10 Easy, Delicious Canned Cranberry Recipes</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/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/10-smart-diy-spice-storage-ideas">10 Smart DIY Spice Storage Ideas</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/how-to-use-portion-control-to-lose-weight">How to Use Portion Control to Lose Weight</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 15 Quick and Delicious Ways to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers http://www.wisebread.com/15-quick-and-delicious-ways-to-use-thanksgiving-leftovers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-quick-and-delicious-ways-to-use-thanksgiving-leftovers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/turkey-sandwich-490559677-small.jpg" alt="turkey sandwich" title="turkey sandwich" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>After an enormous Thanksgiving feast, you may think you'll never be hungry again. But eventually, you will be.</p> <p>So here are 15 quick and easy ways to turn your holiday leftovers into another couple of delicious meals.</p> <h2>1. Sandwiches</h2> <p>This Thanksgiving remake is popular for a reason &mdash; it's easy, fast, and delicious. A <a href="http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/article/15-best-ever-leftover-turkey-sandwiches">turkey sandwich</a> is always a good choice, and you can even pile on practically all of your leftovers to make a big post-holiday lunch. For a twist, fry up <a href="http://www.pauladeen.com/thanksgiving-monte-cristo">Monte Cristos</a> using extra turkey and cranberry sauce.</p> <h2>2. Potato Pancakes</h2> <p>Is your fridge full of leftover mashed potatoes? Not that anyone is complaining, but try making a <a href="http://www.justataste.com/2013/11/cheesy-leftover-mashed-potato-pancakes-recipe/">whole new dish</a> by adding scallions, egg, and a little cheese before pan frying as patties. Serve with sour cream or leftover gravy.</p> <h2>3. Turkey Pot Pie</h2> <p>Re-invent all of that extra turkey and chicken broth into delicious <a href="http://damndelicious.net/2013/11/22/leftover-thanksgiving-turkey-pot-pie/">pot pies</a>. They're easy to make and will fool everyone into thinking you slaved over a whole new meal.</p> <h2>4. Stuffed Mushrooms</h2> <p>Make a little too much stuffing? Transform it into this <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/stuffing-stuffed-mushrooms-recipe.html">easy and impressive appetizer</a> and you'll be happy that you did! Ideal for a party or small gathering.</p> <h2>5. Cranberry Cocktail</h2> <p>Use leftover cranberry sauce in a whole new way by mixing up <a href="http://www.oregonlive.com/mix/index.ssf/cocktails/post_5.html">some cocktails</a>. The sweetness and acidity add a fun element to a mixed drink and turn it a nice shade of pink.</p> <h2>6. Sweet Potato Bread</h2> <p>A great way to totally rework leftover sweet potatoes is by <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/sweet-potato-bread-i/">making bread</a>. The lightly sweet and spiced bread is great for breakfast or a snack. If you're using already sweetened mashed sweet potatoes, be sure to decrease the sugar called for in the bread recipe.</p> <h2>7. Turkey Salad</h2> <p>Instead of making chicken salad, make <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Curried-Turkey-Salad-with-Cashews-103768">turkey salad</a>! It's quick and just as tasty, and makes a great light lunch in the days following your big meal. Pack it up with some bread or a salad and take it to work.</p> <h2>8. Pie Shakes</h2> <p>Leftover pie isn't usually a big problem, but if you're ready to move on to a different sweet treat, try turning your pie into <a href="http://stepable.com/recipes/299/bourbon-pecan-pie-milkshake">milkshakes</a>. You can have your pie and drink it, too!</p> <h2>9. Baked Eggs in Stuffing Cups</h2> <p>For a fun post-Thanksgiving brunch or lunch, try <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/30891-baked-eggs-in-stuffing-cups">these eggs</a> nestled on top of stuffing and baked. Eggy, bready goodness that's easy to make and pairs great with a side salad.</p> <h2>10. Cranberry Muffins</h2> <p>Put your extra cranberry sauce to good use and make <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/cranberry-sauce-muffins/676c8a8d-b500-4506-99ee-e93287d82d99">cranberry muffins</a>. They make a perfect breakfast treat for any guests that might be sticking around. Pack them in an airtight container and they can be frozen for later.</p> <h2>11. Bubble and Squeak</h2> <p>A British staple, <a href="http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/164622/bubble-and-squeak">bubble and squeak</a> is a tasty way to use leftover mashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts. Add some bacon, serve with a salad, and you've got a brand new meal.</p> <h2>12. Soup</h2> <p>A great way to use excess turkey and veggies is to make a <a href="http://www.cookingchanneltv.com/recipes/next-day-turkey-soup.html">hearty soup</a>. Serve with crusty bread and this quick meal will feel brand new.</p> <h2>13. Stuffing Waffles</h2> <p>Try something new and give your leftover stuffing and gravy new life by turning them into unexpectedly delicious <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2013/11/stuffing-waffles-recipe.html">waffles</a>. These will be the talk of the dinner table for days!</p> <h2>14. Sweet Potato Pancakes</h2> <p>No one will be complaining about eating leftovers after you serve these yummy <a href="http://shewearsmanyhats.com/sweet-potato-pancake-recipe/">sweet potato pancakes</a>. Be sure to reduce the sugar if you are using already sweetened potatoes. These would taste great with leftover cranberry sauce.</p> <h2>15. Shepherd's Pie</h2> <p>Looking to serve up a lot of leftovers without repeating your holiday meal? Practically every Thanksgiving staple can be used in this <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/319449/thanksgiving-leftovers-shepherds-pie">shepherd's pie</a>.</p> <p><em>How do you re-mix your Thanksgiving leftovers? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laurel-randolph">Laurel Randolph</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-quick-and-delicious-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-11"> <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-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-2 views-row-even"> <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-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/simple-recipes-for-a-frugal-vegetarian-thanksgiving">Simple Recipes for a Frugal Vegetarian 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/how-to-host-thanksgiving-in-a-tiny-apartment">How to Host Thanksgiving in a Tiny Apartment</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> Entertainment feasts leftovers Thanksgiving Wed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:06 +0000 Laurel Randolph 1260446 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Fresh Veggies You Can Grow From Kitchen Scraps http://www.wisebread.com/7-fresh-veggies-you-can-grow-from-kitchen-scraps <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-fresh-veggies-you-can-grow-from-kitchen-scraps" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gardener-vegetables-470660623-small.jpg" alt="gardener vegetables" title="gardener vegetables" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A funny thing happened at our house this spring.</p> <p>We bid on our house in October, closed in December, and moved in January. In Colorado. So, while we knew that the house seemed to be well-landscaped and we could see the general outlines of how things would grow, we had no idea if some of the beds had anything at all planted in them, let alone what might be there. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/urban-composting-it-can-be-done?ref=seealso">Urban Composting: It Can Be Done</a>)</p> <p>So super early this spring, about the time that the tulips and daffodils started blooming, something shot up out of one bed, and then another something, and then another. I waited for them to bloom, but, when they didn't, I went ahead and pulled one up, just to see what it was. As I pulled, I got a whiff of something.</p> <p>Onion?</p> <p>Sure enough, someone had planted green onion ends in the garden bed, and they were coming up as the weather warmed.</p> <p>When I researched it, I found that there are actually a good number of vegetables that you can plant from kitchen scraps, so you can regrow them over and over and over again. Here are some of my favorites.</p> <h2>Lettuce and Celery</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/lettuce-496516601-small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>I grouped these together because <a href="http://wakeup-world.com/2012/10/15/16-foods-thatll-re-grow-from-kitchen-scraps/">their re-growth process is similar</a>. Cut off all the stalks but leave the whitish part at the bottom intact. Place this in a bowl of water and wait a few days, being sure to spray or flick water onto the top so it stays moist, too. Within a week, you should start seeing baby leaves and roots growing out of the old white part. Plant it with just the new leaves above the soil line, and water. Pretty soon you'll have a whole new vegetable!</p> <p>I have found that some heads, especially of lettuce, just don't seem to sprout. I'm not sure why this is, but I usually just buy another vegetable and try again. I've read that this whole process works with cabbage and bok choy, too, but I haven't tried either of those.</p> <h2>Avocado</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/avocado-179226644-small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>The process here is <a href="http://www.diyncrafts.com/4732/repurpose/25-foods-can-re-grow-kitchen-scraps">more involved</a> than for almost everything else.</p> <p>To re-grow an avocado, wash the seed and poke toothpicks into its sides until you can use them to suspend it, wide part down, over a glass of water. Fill the glass until the water comes to &frac34;&quot;-1&quot; above the bottom of the seed. Keep it warm and remember to add water if the levels drop. After about six weeks, you should see a stem. When that gets to 6&quot;, trim it back to approximately 3&quot;. Once you see leaves (usually about the same time as the trim), plant the whole thing in your garden, with the top half of the seed peeking out of the ground.</p> <p>We love that these are re-growable, because we used to live in California, where they're much cheaper than they are here. The process feels very slow, but having fresh avocados is so worth it!</p> <h2>Ginger</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/ginger-462332883-small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>The full name for &quot;ginger&quot; is &quot;ginger root,&quot; and the part you buy in a store is exactly that. <a href="http://blackthumbgardener.com/1-plants-you-grow-from-kitchen-scraps/">You can simply plant it</a>, either in a pot or directly into your garden. Everything I've read says to plant it with the most recent buds facing up, but I can never tell which those are, and mine has regrown fine. Simply plant it and water it like any other plant.</p> <p>The only problem with ginger is that it is awkward to harvest. You have to get down to the roots, either by digging or pulling the whole thing up, and then replant it again. Still, if you use ginger a lot, it's probably worth the time and energy that takes.</p> <h2>Pineapple</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/pineapple-151567443-small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>To get started <a href="http://www.earth911.com/home-garden/grow-food-from-scraps/7/">re-growing a pineapple</a>, you need to separate the top from the fruit. Consensus seems to say that the best way to do this is to cut it about &frac14;&quot; down and dig out the fruit. Then let the top dry for a few days, before you plant it directly into moist soil, potting or otherwise. Be sure to keep it warm and damp, since the pineapple grows best in tropical areas. It can take up to two years for the plant to produce fruit but, hey, we have all the time in the world.</p> <p>I honestly haven't tried this one, because no one here likes pineapple, but I included it because it sounds like so much fun. Let me know how it goes if you try it!</p> <h2>Potatoes (and Sweet Potatoes, Too!)</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/potatoes-476705637-small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Chop a regular potato into sections that each have at least two eyes. Plant these in a pot and water them well until you see shoots and leaves appearing. Sweet potatoes are similar, except that most of the eyes tend to cluster around one end. You can plant the whole thing, or just cut off this &quot;top&quot; of the potato and plant that. Once you see the shoots and leaves, you can take cuttings, and start new plants and/or transplant them into your garden.</p> <p>Later this summer, after we found green onions growing all over the place, we discovered that some of our larger &quot;weeds&quot; were actually potato plants! We haven't harvested them yet (except for the few that we accidentally dug up when we thought they were pests), but they look promising.</p> <h2>Mushrooms</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/mushrooms-464081987-small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>These tend to be <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/20/grow-vegeables-food-scraps_n_2909396.html#slide=2238372">a particular challenge to re-grow</a>, but it's fun to try. Separate the top part from the bottom part. Then plant the bottom part in soil that's as nutrient-dense as you can get it, with just the very tip showing. If you keep it cool at night and in filtered light (think light that a mushroom might get while under a tree) during the day, you just might top your pizza with your own mushrooms next time!</p> <p>I haven't had much success with this, but it hasn't stopped me from trying. It seems hard to get these just the right amount of water at the right time. Mine keep looking like they are doing well, and then dying all-of-a-sudden.</p> <h2>Onions</h2> <p><img width="605" height="340" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5123/onions-474411711-small.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>In addition to the green onions I found growing in my yard, <a href="http://homeguides.sfgate.com/growing-onions-cutting-67280.html">you can re-grow full-size onions</a>, too. Usually, an onion has an end that seems to have small roots attached. Cut this off, with just &frac14;&quot; or so of the flesh of the onion still attached. Plant this, roots down, in a pot or directly in your garden.</p> <p>My onions have been ready in two-three months, when the stalk starts to get yellow, though it can take up to four months, depending on where you live and where you plant them. Remember to note where you plant which types of onions, so you can be sure to harvest the type you need!</p> <p><em>Have you re-grown any vegetables from kitchen scraps? Did it work for you?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-fresh-veggies-you-can-grow-from-kitchen-scraps">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-4"> <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/the-only-fruits-and-veggies-worth-growing-yourself">The Only Fruits and Veggies Worth Growing Yourself</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/when-good-food-goes-bad-part-iii-the-crisper-from-hell">Delicious Way to Use Up All the Vegetables in Your Crisper</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/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</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/25-ways-to-use-frozen-mixed-vegetables">25 Ways to Use Frozen Mixed Vegetables</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-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare a Humble Head of Cabbage</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink compost gardens leftovers scraps vegetables Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:00:04 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1202639 at http://www.wisebread.com 16 Ways to Use Up Leftover Champagne http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-to-use-up-leftover-champagne <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/16-ways-to-use-up-leftover-champagne" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/drink-159291538.jpg" alt="champagne" title="champagne" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I know how the joke ends, so I'm just going to say it now: If you're one of those people who wonder &quot;who has leftover champagne,&quot; then you can just stop reading now.</p> <p>For the rest of us who always find half full bottles of (no longer) bubbly left around the house after every party, here are 28 recipes to use up flat champagne. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-used-corks-including-making-money-with-them?ref=seealso">25 Things to Do With Used Corks</a>)</p> <h2>Recycle It Into Other Boozy Drinks</h2> <p>Since <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/brian-boitano/white-wine-sangria-recipe.html">sangria</a> was practically invented to hide the taste of cheap ripple, substitute your flat champagne for some of the wine in your favorite recipe. (When substituting champagne for wine, be sure to taste the sangria before adding any additional sugar, as champagne can be sweet). During the winter holiday season, turn your leftover champagne into <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/mulled-wine-recipe.html">mulled wine</a> by combining it with cider, honey, and spices.</p> <h2>Turn It Into a Dessert</h2> <p>I like champagne grapefruit sorbet as a palate cleanser between courses. Not because I'm that fancy, but because I need a plausible explanation for why I'm eating gelato for dinner as well as dessert. Although I use an ice cream maker, <a href="http://whatscookingamerica.net/SorbetChampagne.htm">this recipe</a> can be made in a food processor or blender.</p> <p>For summer parties, turn flat champagne into a &quot;<a href="http://www.reclaimingprovincial.com/2012/07/14/french-75-popsicles/">poptail</a>&quot; by freezing champagne in your childhood Popsicle molds. Just remember not to give the special ones to the kids.</p> <p>Champagne is also wonderful for <a href="http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/22250/champagne+poached+pears">poaching pears</a> or <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Champagne-Zabaglione-with-Fresh-Fruit-Compote-1281">stewing fruit</a> for a dessert topping.</p> <p>But, one doesn't need to put on airs with champagne desserts. Champagne <a href="http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink11350.html">Jello shots</a> and <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/pink-champagne-cake-153192">pink champagne cake</a> made from a boxed cake mix are also yummy.</p> <p>Champagne <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/winning-recipe-raspberry-cupcakes-with-champagne-buttercream-frosting-recipe.html">buttercream frosting</a> helped make raspberry wedding cupcakes a winning recipe on the competitive cooking show &quot;Cupcake Wars.&quot;</p> <p>Not a frosting fan? Well, <a href="http://beyondfrosting.com/2013/04/17/classic-pound-cake/">champagne glaze</a> is delicious on everything from pound cake to sugar cookies...&nbsp;and that favorite <a href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/champagne-baked-ham">dessert meat</a>: ham.</p> <h2>Experience a Better Hang-Over Breakfast</h2> <p>Before going to bed, freeze the leftover champagne in an ice cube tray to add to orange juice.</p> <p>Can't look at a fizzless <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/mimosa/">mimosa</a> without gagging after last night's revelry? Use the leftover champagne to make crazy-delicious <a href="http://www.eatingthebeats.com/2011/04/a-decadent-post-show-brunch-stuffed-french-toast-lazy-sunday-songs/">French toast</a>.</p> <h2>Elevate Comfort Food</h2> <p>Giada De Laurentiis's five-star recipe for <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/champagne-risotto-recipe.html">champagne risotto</a> makes an elegant side dish or a homey main dish, depending on what vegetables and meat are added to the base risotto recipe.</p> <p><a href="http://blog.thesparklingqueen.com/2011/11/21/champagne-gravy-2.aspx">Gravy</a> made from flat champagne and pan drippings from the Thanksgiving turkey makes for incredible leftovers.</p> <h2>Roast Super Juicy Turkey</h2> <p>Speaking of Thanksgiving, champagne is the secret basting ingredient to this beloved and <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/juicy-thanksgiving-turkey/">succulent turkey</a> recipe.</p> <h2>Impress Your French Relatives</h2> <p>I learned how to make <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/champagne-chicken/">Champagne Chicken</a> in my 8th grade French class. Pro Tip: Use dark meat, with the skin on, and add approximately 40 cloves of garlic.</p> <h2>Perk Up Soup</h2> <p>With its sweet taste, champagne is an obvious ingredient for many <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/chilled-fruit-champagne-soup-with-crystallized-ginger-recipe.html">summer soups</a> made with fruit. That said, champagne can also be used as the acidic ingredient in <a href="http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2011/04/french-onion-soup/">French onion soup</a>.</p> <h2>Steam Seafood</h2> <p>My brother-in-law is an event planner, so he ends up with tons of flat champagne. He freezes his leftover champagne, and then uses it later to <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/champagne-poached-salmon-recipe.html">poach salmon</a>, one of his go-to appetizers for big parties. My brother-in-law has also successfully poached <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Poached-Oysters-and-Artichokes-with-Champagne-Cream-236391">oysters</a> and <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/clams-steamed-in-champagne-268755">clams</a> in flat champagne.</p> <h2>Make Garlic Vinaigrette</h2> <p>Pick apart several heads of garlic and then submerge the cloves in a jar of flat champagne. The garlic and the infused champagne make delicious vinaigrette for vegetables. Be sure to refrigerate this!</p> <h2>Ferment It Into Champagne Vinegar</h2> <p>I've accidentally made vinegar out of leftover wine, but using a recipe for <a href="http://www.anthonystclair.com/blog/2012/02/homemade-champagne-vinegar.html">champagne vinegar</a> will guarantee a better result!</p> <h2>Bake Better Bread</h2> <p>Why settle for beer bread when I can make <a href="http://www.abreadaday.com/?p=1138">champagne bread</a> instead?</p> <h2>Create Your Own Beauty Products</h2> <p>Champagne can be used to make <a href="http://michellephan.com/cheers-champagne-toner/">face toner</a>, <a href="http://www.glamorganicgoddess.com/diy-pink-champagne-hangover-facial-mask/">clay face-masks</a>, and even <a href="http://www.allure.com/beauty-trends/blogs/daily-beauty-reporter/2012/11/at-home-holiday-hair-treatments.html">hair rinses</a>.</p> <p><em>What is your favorite flat champagne recipe or hack? </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/16-ways-to-use-up-leftover-champagne">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/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</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/curing-warts-removing-splinters-and-19-other-bizarre-uses-for-banana-peels">Curing Warts, Removing Splinters, and 19 Other Bizarre Uses for Banana Peels</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/another-36-uses-for-tin-foil">Another 36 Uses for Tin Foil</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/20-office-potluck-dishes-everyone-loves">20 Office Potluck Dishes Everyone Loves</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-uses-for-a-blender">14 Cool Uses for a Blender</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink General Tips champagne flat champagne leftovers Mon, 05 May 2014 08:36:18 +0000 Max Wong 1137746 at http://www.wisebread.com You Won't Believe How Much You Can Save With an Ice Cube Tray http://www.wisebread.com/you-wont-believe-how-much-you-can-save-with-an-ice-cube-tray <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/you-wont-believe-how-much-you-can-save-with-an-ice-cube-tray" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-466627931.jpg" alt="mint in cubes" title="mint in cubes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>People are surprised that I had the ice machine in my very swanky freezer removed. But I needed the extra space for ice cube trays.</p> <p>Why have an ice machine that only freezes water, when I can freeze so many other things in an ice cube tray?</p> <p>Ice cube trays are powerful kitchen tools for the home cook. They speed up prep, reduce food waste, and make portion control a cinch. I have NINE different types of frozen cubes stored in my freezer right now, but that's just the tip of the proverbial iceberg of what can be frozen.</p> <h2>1. Aloe Vera</h2> <p>I make my own aloe vera gel. Although aloe vera has antifungal and antibacterial properties, it is plant matter, so like most fruits and vegetables, it only lasts about a week in the refrigerator before it goes bad. To preserve my aloe vera harvest, I freeze the gel in ice cube trays. In addition to giving my homemade first aid a longer shelf life, the frozen aloe cubes provide soothing and instant relief for cuts and sunburns. Also, if you use aloe vera gel as a smoothie ingredient (<a href="http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-607-ALOE.aspx?activeIngredientId=607&amp;activeIngredientName=ALOE">aloe's good for a variety of digestive ailments</a>), this is a great way to always get a precise measurement, without having to break out the measuring spoons.</p> <h2>2. Black Coffee</h2> <p>For some reason, I always make too much coffee. Since I buy the expensive stuff, I hate to waste the leftover, lukewarm, half cup left in the bottom of the French press every day. Instead of pouring it down the drain, I pour it into an ice cube tray. I use my coffee cubes to make <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Coffee-Granita-107827">coffee granitas</a> for my afternoon coffee break. Coffee cubes are also the perfect cubes to serve with iced coffee or even Bailey's Irish Cream, as they won't water down the drinks.</p> <h2>3. Tea</h2> <p>Okay, this isn't currently in my freezer, but it's a regular visitor. Tea cubes are great with iced tea for the same reason why coffee cubes are perfect for iced coffee &mdash; they don't dilute the beverage.</p> <h2>4. Lemon Juice</h2> <p>It's currently lemon season in my neck of the woods, so I am madly juicing and freezing the lemon juice for use in recipes for the rest of the year. Lemon juice cubes are also perfect for making a personal lemonade or a single Arnold Palmer.</p> <h2>5. Tomato Paste</h2> <p>Even the smallest tin is always too much. Is it just me? Or does tomato paste get moldy at a supersonic rate in everyone's refrigerator? Yes, I know. Tomato paste is cheap. But guess what? So are ice cube trays. Why waste good food? Basically, any condiment that is approaching its expiration date can be frozen. (Just remember to write yourself a note, so you know just how old that mango mustard glaze is.)</p> <h2>6. Buttermilk</h2> <p>Buttermilk is one of those things that I never use the whole carton of, so it made me ecstatic to discover I can <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kitchen-hacks-i-can-make-this-in-that">freeze buttermilk in an ice tray</a>.</p> <h2>7. Chicken or Vegetable Broth</h2> <p>Since I am usually cooking for two, broth cubes are an easy and inexpensive way to add flavor to rice, pasta, or a stir-fry.</p> <h2>8. Herb Cubes</h2> <p>Herbs are some of the most expensive things on my shopping list, so what doesn't get used immediately gets chopped up, added to olive oil, and frozen into herb cubes. My favorite herbs to freeze are basil because it makes for speedy Italian meals, and thyme, because I use it on everything. (I also freeze mint in water to make flavored ice cubes for iced tea and lemonade.)</p> <h2>9. Wine</h2> <p>I don't drink, so my boozy friends always bring a ton of wine to my dinner parties because they don't trust my judgment. I used to feel terrible about dumping the leftover, half-full bottles of wine down the drain. Then I realized that even though I don't drink it, I do occasionally cook with wine. I'm sure whatever my friends are drinking is way better than the ripple I'd buy at the store. I get a better meal and never have to spring for cooking sherry.</p> <h2>10. Champagne</h2> <p>My brother-in-law is a professional party planner. He freezes leftover champagne to use in orange juice for frugal mimosas, and in salad dressing instead of vinegar. His notoriously delicious salmon is poached in flat champagne.</p> <h2>11. Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries</h2> <p>Another ice cube tray tip from my brother-in-law is to use them to make chocolate dipped strawberries. Instead of dipping each strawberry in chocolate, he puts strawberries into heart shaped ice cube trays and pours chocolate over the top! The strawberries come out of the mold looking like fancy chocolate truffles. He doesn't have to mess around with waxed paper, chocolate drips, and how to fit a cookie sheet into the freezer. It's genius.</p> <h2>12. (Emergency) Cookie Dough</h2> <p>My ice cube trays hold about two tablespoons of&hellip; whatever. Two tablespoons is the exact amount of dough I use for most of my cookie recipes. I first freeze the dough in an ice cube tray, then I pop the frozen blobs into a zip bag for storage. Whenever I want fresh-baked cookies, I can choose to just bake a few at a time, or an entire whole batch.</p> <h2>13. Garbage Disposal Cleaner</h2> <p>Once I'm done juicing lemons, I chop up the peels and freeze them in white vinegar. Whenever the garbage disposal gets stinky, I grind up a lemon-vinegar cube to deodorize it.</p> <h2>14. Paint</h2> <p>In kindergarten I learned color theory (along with how ice is made), by making <a href="http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/painting-colored-ice">ice cube paint</a>. Although this messy project was designed to teach kids hand-eye coordination, it's a great way to show how to mix red, yellow, and blue to make a huge array of colors. My kindergarten class used food coloring. I prefer to use Crayola Washable Paints for this project because the colors are much more vibrant, and the dye much less permanent.</p> <p>To make the paint cubes, put the paint or the food coloring in the bottom of the ice cube tray, then top with water. After freezing the paint cubes for about 20 minutes, I add wooden handles (salvaged coffee stirrers from the trash bucket at my local coffee shop or leftover popsicle sticks), and then freeze the paint cubes until they are solid. Pro Tip: To remove the paint cubes from the tray, let them thaw ever so slightly, then pop them out of the tray from the bottom like a regular ice cube, so you don't end up accidentally ripping the handles out.</p> <h2>15. Eggs</h2> <p>There are so many things that I bake that call for just the egg yolks or just the egg whites. I freeze the unused part of the egg in an ice cube tray so I can remember how many egg yolks/whites I have to use for other recipes. I just thaw them before using.</p> <h2>16. Baby Food</h2> <p>Make baby-sized portions of homemade baby food in a jiffy. Just grind up the kid's favorite fresh or frozen vegetable and freeze it in an ice cube tray. For on-the-go baby food, just pop a cube or two into a travel container. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-breast-feeding-saves-money?ref=seealso">4 Ways Breast-feeding Saves Money</a>)</p> <h2>17. Cat Food</h2> <p>My cat Pinky has to eat medicated cat food for his kidneys. He thinks this food is revolting. To make the medicated food more palatable, I mix the medicated food with a super fatty Post Surgery cat food that he loves. Both types of specialty cat food cost roughly $4,675,293 per can. To keep the custom blend fresh&hellip;yes, I have cat food popsicles in my freezer. To use, I just <em>sporp</em> out a lump of cat food into his dish for each meal.</p> <p><em>What do you freeze in your ice cube trays? Please share your genius in the comments section.</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/you-wont-believe-how-much-you-can-save-with-an-ice-cube-tray">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/51-uses-for-coca-cola-the-ultimate-list">51 Uses for Coca-Cola – the Ultimate List</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/how-baking-soda-took-my-bathroom-from-yuck-to-yes">How Baking Soda Took My Bathroom from “Yuck” to Yes!</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/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</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/pesky-pests-easy-homemade-mosquito-and-insect-traps-and-repellent">Pesky Pests: Easy Homemade Mosquito and Insect Traps and Repellent</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/3-cheap-and-easy-formulas-for-homemade-windshield-de-icer-plus-bonus-tips">3 Cheap and Easy Formulas for Homemade Windshield De-Icer (Plus Bonus Tips)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living General Tips food storage freezer ice tray leftovers Thu, 01 May 2014 09:00:16 +0000 Max Wong 1137575 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Delicious Soups You Can Make From Leftovers http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-soups-you-can-make-from-leftovers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-delicious-soups-you-can-make-from-leftovers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/food-178500303.jpg" alt="soup" title="soup" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="173" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stuck with lots of leftovers? Not a problem! Though I'm notoriously bad at using prepared food from one night to the next, I've found that a little planning can turn that curse into a blessing. And with food waste being one of the top money-suckers from grocery budgets far and wide, it's only prudent to wise up and make the most of what you've got.</p> <p>Here are 12 satisfying soup recipes &mdash; using last night's eats &mdash; that help you do just that. Just be sure to keep track of how long your foods have been the fridge. The Mayo Clinic guidelines suggest that most leftovers keep <a href="http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/food-safety/faq-20058500">around 3-4 days</a> before they enter risky territory. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers?ref=seealso">Thursday Night Soup</a>)</p> <h2>1. Easy Chicken Noodle Soup</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.chow.com/recipes/30332-easy-chicken-noodle-soup-from-a-leftover-roasted-chicken">Easy Chicken Noodle Soup</a> recipe gets its &quot;complex flavor&quot; from a homemade stock made by browning the bones of your leftover roasted chicken carcass. Toss in the meat, too, along with some herbs and veggies for a hearty lunch or dinner option.</p> <h2>2. Basic Turkey Stock</h2> <p>If you'd rather make just a base, here's a basic recipe for <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/336482/easy-turkey-stock?czone=home%2Fsmart-savings-cnt%2Fsave-money&amp;gallery=275537&amp;slide=336482&amp;center=277003">Turkey Stock</a>. All you need are leftover turkey (or chicken, etc.) bones with some meat still attached. The rest comes together with other veggies you might need to use up before shopping for next week.</p> <h2>3. Roasted Veggie Soup</h2> <p>Vegetarians will love this <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/roasted-vegetable-soup-recipe2.html">Roasted Vegetable Soup</a> for its robust flavor and adaptability. The recipe calls for chicken stock, but vegetable stock is an easy substitute. Simply collect a quart of leftover roasted veggies, heat the broth, combine, and pulse in a food processor. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians?ref=seealso">Slow Cooker Recipes for Lazy Vegetarians</a>)</p> <h2>4. Black Bean and Rice Soup</h2> <p>I first featured this recipe in my <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-new-ways-to-spice-up-rice">25 Ways to Spice Up Rice</a> roundup, and it's certainly a keeper. If you're left with extra rice, try this <a href="http://www.cooksmarts.com/cs-blog/2013/10/black-bean-leftover-rice-soup-recipe/#.U0M3qtwVQlI">Black Bean and Leftover Rice Soup</a>. It works well with inexpensive veggies like cabbage and is a great use for some of your favorite dried bulk foods.</p> <h2>5. Mashed Potato Soup</h2> <p>Holiday or not, you may have some mashed potatoes on hand from last night's side item. Rachael Ray has you covered with her tasty <a href="http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/recipe/15503_Mashed_Potato_Soup/index.html">Mashed Potato Soup</a>. I think this recipe would taste great sans bacon and with sweet potatoes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/45-special-sweet-potato-dishes?ref=seealso">45 Sweet Potato Dishes</a>)</p> <h2>6. Boxing Day Soup</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1142/boxing-day-soup">Boxing Day Soup</a> is another post-holiday favorite, but you can use whatever leftover, seasonal veggies you might have in your fridge. The curry paste is sure to give this dish some unique, sophisticated flair.</p> <h2>7. Quick Minestore (With Noodles, Too!)</h2> <p>Cooked spaghetti is in high supply at our house, but I don't love eating standard noodles with sauce. The author of this <a href="http://goodcheapeats.com/2013/01/minute-minestrone/">Minute Minestrone</a> promises it'll make the &quot;most of what you have&quot; &mdash; and I love that sentiment.</p> <h2>8. Leftover Soup All-In</h2> <p>This mix-and-match <a href="http://3boysandadog.com/2009/08/recipe-leftover-soup/">Leftover Soup</a> &quot;recipe&quot; goes beyond last night's offerings to a full month's worth of remaining ingredients. The author puts foods like spaghetti, chili, and gravy in a gallon container in the freezer. From there, she combines with other staples depending on her tastes.</p> <h2>9. Beef and Veggie Soup</h2> <p>Try <a href="http://www.reluctantgourmet.com/my-sisters-whats-on-hand-leftover-beef-vegetable-soup/">Leftover Beef and Veggie Soup</a> for a particularly filling bowl. You can use any kind of steak you have on hand &mdash; cubed. The author writes that this recipe is a wonderful way to &quot;clean out your refrigerator.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-easy-ways-to-make-cheap-cuts-of-meat-taste-expensive?ref=seealso">Easy Ways to Make Cheap Cuts of Meat Taste Expensive</a>)</p> <h2>10. Fish Chowder</h2> <p>The author of this next recipe divulges that he doesn't like reheating leftover fish for lunch the next day. However, he doesn't mind using it in this <a href="http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=165216">Leftover Fish Chowder</a> recipe. Tilapia is a good fit for this meal, though any white fish will do.</p> <h2>11. Vegan Leftover Soup</h2> <p>This vibrant <a href="http://luminousvegans.com/2013/11/07/vegan-soup-using-leftovers/">Vegan Leftovers Soup</a> is full of black beans, jasmine rice, and some Beyond Meat Not-Chicken cubes. However, you can use whatever happens to be on your own pantry and fridge shelves.</p> <h2>12. Cheese Soup</h2> <p>This last recipe is one I'm definitely trying &mdash; soon. Use the last of your milk, as well as random bits of cheese in this awesomely simple <a href="http://www.cooks.com/rec/story/112/#S">Leftover Cheese Soup</a>. It's got a dose of hidden veggies in there, too!</p> <p><em>What's your favorite soup to make with leftovers? We'd love your suggestions!</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/12-delicious-soups-you-can-make-from-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/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/when-good-food-goes-bad-part-iii-the-crisper-from-hell">Delicious Way to Use Up All the Vegetables in Your Crisper</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/25-ways-to-use-frozen-mixed-vegetables">25 Ways to Use Frozen Mixed Vegetables</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/35-tasty-ways-to-use-frozen-spinach">35 Tasty Ways to Use Frozen Spinach</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-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare a Humble Head of Cabbage</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap recipes cheap soup easy soup leftovers soup Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:24:15 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1136718 at http://www.wisebread.com Thursday Night Soup: Delicious Soup From Leftovers http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/soup_1.jpg" alt="Woman with soup" title="Woman with soup" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="136" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;Thursday Night Soup&quot; is a classic working class dish made from leftovers. It&rsquo;s called Thursday Night Soup because, back in the day, factory workers were paid on Friday, so Thursday night&rsquo;s dinner was always scraped together from what was left in the cupboard. Regardless of what payment schedule you are on, Thursday Night Soup is a smart way to stretch your ingredients and reduce food (and money) waste in your kitchen. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/simple-strategies-for-using-your-leftover-food">Simple Strategies for Using Your Leftover Food</a>)</p> <h2>Finding Recipes</h2> <p>When it comes to Thursday Night Soup, I like to cook by the seat of my pants. I have no problem, for example, dumping all of my leftover Chinese take-out into one pot with enough chicken broth to cover and calling that dinner.</p> <p>If you are nervous about leaving any meal up to chance, you can use the ingredient calculators on websites like <a href="http://www.recipematcher.com/" target="_blank">Recipe Matcher</a>, <a href="http://www.myfridgefood.com/" target="_blank">My Fridge Food</a>, and <a href="http://www.supercook.com/" target="_blank">Super Cook</a> to get hundreds of suggested recipes that use ingredients you already have on hand.</p> <p>The great thing about Thursday Night Soup is that it can be tailored to fit any cultural taste or diet restriction. Depending on how you eat during the week, your Thursday Night Soup could be a one-of-a-kind eating event or the exact same recipe over and over.</p> <h2>Holiday Leftover Thursday Soup Ideas</h2> <p>In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter holidays are the perfect time to start your Thursday Night Soup routine. In addition to winter being &ldquo;soup weather,&rdquo; Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas all provide abundant leftovers for soups starting with homemade stocks made from the <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/rescued-turkey-stock-24576" target="_blank">Thanksgiving turkey carcass</a> or the <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/ham-stock-107885" target="_blank">Christmas hambone</a>. Leftover stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, and even cranberry sauce can be mixed together into a <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/leftover-thanksgiving-soup-197805" target="_blank">flavorful winter stew</a>.</p> <h2>My Thursday Night Soup</h2> <p>Most of my Thursday Night Soups start with homemade meat or vegetable stock. Sometimes my Thursday Night Soup is as simple as adding raw eggs and green onions to chicken broth to make <a href="http://chinesefood.about.com/od/chinesesouprecipes/r/eggdropsoup.htm" target="_blank">egg drop soup</a>, and some weeks it&rsquo;s an <a href="http://www.fwnstuff.com/2011/04/recipe-leftover-gumbo-laya.html" target="_blank">elaborate gumbo</a> that contains 10 different kinds of meat and seafood.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s how I make mine:</p> <ol> <li>I pull all the leftovers out of the refrigerator so I can assess what I&rsquo;m dealing with. Leftover cooked pasta (with or without sauce), meats, cooked beans, and cooked veggies are all prime candidates for soup.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>While I&rsquo;m digging around in my fridge, I also take the opportunity to go through my raw vegetables to find out what&rsquo;s on the verge of becoming compost, and I look at the sell-by dates on all my dairy.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If I don&rsquo;t have enough leftovers to make a filling soup, I stretch things it by adding rice, pearl barley, or noodles from my pantry.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I chop the meat into small bits and add them to my big soup pot with some homemade stock. While the meat and the stock are heating up, I sauté any raw vegetables with some onions and garlic in some butter, oil, or bacon grease to bring out their flavors.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I try to add hard ingredients like carrots to the soup before I add softer ingredients like tomatoes to keep stuff from getting too mushy.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I add fresh herbs to the soup about 15 minutes before serving.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I add pre-cooked pasta last to keep it from completely breaking down into mush from overcooking.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>I top the soup with herbs, bacon, nuts, seeds, or cheese just prior to serving.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Stale bread or crackers can be toasted into <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/soup-toppers-with-style">croutons as garnish</a>. Sometimes I take a cue from French onion soup and top each bowl of soup with a round of toasted cheese bread.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If my cooked ingredient gets too mushy in the soup making process, I just puree the cooked soup. (I like using stick immersion blender for this because I can puree everything in the pot, but you can use a food processor or blender for this, too).<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>If my soup is too thin, potatoes (<a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/leftover-baked-potato-soup-recipe/index.html" target="_blank">baked</a>, roasted, or mashed), cooked rice, and cooked <a href="http://meggsalad.com/2012/02/15/cauliflower-white-bean-and-leftover-soup/" target="_blank">cauliflower</a> are all good thickeners for soups. Yummly has a nice variety of soups from <a href="http://www.yummly.com/recipes/leftover-rice-soup" target="_blank">corn chowder to lemony avgolemono that all use leftover rice</a>.</li> </ol> <p>When assessing your leftovers, don&rsquo;t forget to look outside your fridge. Stale bread, wine, flat beer, and even fruit can all be the basis of delicious soups.</p> <ul> <li>The main ingredient in <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/recipes/9895/Ribollita-Tuscan-Bread-Soup.html" target="_blank">Ribollita</a>, the classic Tuscan soup, is stale bread.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.splendidtable.org/recipes/pintos-red-wine-soup-20-cloves-garlic">Wine soup</a> is another old-fashioned Tuscan bean soup recipe that is flavored with red wine and 20 cloves of garlic.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li><a href="http://www.onceuponacakestand.com/2008/10/white-wine-soup.html" target="_blank">White wine soup</a> is a creamy onion soup.</li> </ul> <p>Cheese is a pricey ingredient that is rarely leftover in my kitchen. However, the hard rind of Parmesan cheese is <a href="http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/29/using-the-rind-of-parmesan/" target="_blank">the secret ingredient in many soups</a>. The rind works well in any soup that would taste good with Parmesan sprinkled on top. I store my old cheese rinds in the freezer.</p> <h2>Cold Leftover Soup</h2> <p>Not all every Thursday Night Soup needs to be served hot.</p> <p>Spaniards use up all their squishy tomatoes and wilty vegetables by turning them into <a href="http://spanishfood.about.com/od/soupssalads/r/gazpacho.htm" target="_blank">gazpacho</a>, a savory cold soup that requires no cooking and is a refreshing alternative to a salad. I&rsquo;ve actually had great success at parties with gazpacho popsicles. Traditional Andalusian recipes for gazpacho often use stale bread to give the vegetarian soup more body.</p> <h2>Soup Roulette</h2> <p>Amy Dacyczyn, author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Tightwad-Gazette-Amy-Dacyczyn/dp/0375752250" target="_blank">The Tightwad Gazette</a>, saves leftover bits of meat, vegetables, sauces, dips, salad dressing, and even other soups in her Perpetual Soup Container (a five pound peanut butter bucket that she stores in the freezer). When the bucket is full, she crosses her fingers, thaws everything out, and cooks it. If the leftovers don&rsquo;t yield enough broth, she adds bouillon and water to make up the difference.</p> <p>According to Amy, you can make almost any casserole or pot pie into a soup by adding liquid, and turn any soup into a casserole or pot pie filling by removing liquid.</p> <p>Amy has a much higher tolerance for eating terrible food for the sake of saving money (see her breadcrumb cookie recipe) than I do, but I have to hand it to her &mdash; this Russian Roulette version of soup preparation often yields surprisingly delicious results.</p> <h2>Not Enough Leftovers?</h2> <p>If you don&rsquo;t have enough leftovers to make a substantial soup by yourself, then join forces with your neighbors and have a <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_soup" target="_blank">Stone Soup party</a>, where each person brings their leftovers to turn into a one pot, pot-luck (one-potluck) meal.</p> <p><em>What&rsquo;s in your favorite Thursday Night Soup?</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/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-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/12-delicious-soups-you-can-make-from-leftovers">12 Delicious Soups You Can Make 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/when-good-food-goes-bad-part-iii-the-crisper-from-hell">Delicious Way to Use Up All the Vegetables in Your Crisper</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/25-ways-to-use-frozen-mixed-vegetables">25 Ways to Use Frozen Mixed Vegetables</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/35-tasty-ways-to-use-frozen-spinach">35 Tasty Ways to Use Frozen Spinach</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-ways-to-prepare-a-humble-head-of-cabbage">15 Delicious Ways to Prepare a Humble Head of Cabbage</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cheap recipes leftovers soup Thu, 20 Dec 2012 11:36:30 +0000 Max Wong 959733 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Delicious Ways to Use Leftover Mashed Potatoes http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-ways-to-use-leftover-mashed-potatoes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-delicious-ways-to-use-leftover-mashed-potatoes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/8074492872_c5572d44a2_z.jpg" alt="mashed potatoes" title="mashed potatoes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Mashed potatoes are a holiday staple that are awesome in their original form, but what if you end up with tons of leftovers and get tired of the same old mash? Here are 10 delicious, and mostly easy to prepare ways to repurpose your leftover mashed potatoes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-tasty-ideas-for-leftover-turkey">10 Tasty Ideas for Leftover Turkey</a>)</p> <h2>1. Mashed Potato Bar</h2> <p>If you have a pot of plain mashed potatoes (that is, cooked with minimal adornment), you can fancy things up by treating your mashies like a baked potato and covering them in all kinds of goodness. Think chopped scallions, all kinds of cheese, smoked salmon, bacon bits, sour cream, spicy pepper jelly, or freshly chopped herbs. You can also add cooked beets (or yams or sweet potatoes) and remash for a <a href="http://www.coconutandlime.com/2008/02/beet-mashed-potatoes.html">sweeter take on mashed potatoes</a>.</p> <h2>2. Pseudo Latkes</h2> <p>Latkes, traditional Hanukkah fare, are pancakes made from potatoes. OK, the traditional recipe does call for shredded potatoes, but you can fudge it a little bit with this <a href="http://www.slashfood.com/2007/11/20/transform-your-mashed-potatoes-into-pancakes/" target="_blank">mashed potato latke recipe</a> from Slashfood. If you want something even more exotic, try out this recipe for <a href="http://www.kfoodaddict.com/korean-potato-pancake-gamja-jeon/">Korean potato pancakes</a>.</p> <h2>3. Potato Croquettes/Muffins</h2> <p>If you have the capacity and the will to deep-fry your food, consider the wonderful, creamy goodness of a <a href="http://damndelicious.tumblr.com/post/17170109080/fried-garlic-cheddar-mashed-potato-balls" target="_blank">mashed potato croquette</a> (doesn&rsquo;t that sound better than &ldquo;mashed potato ball&rdquo;? I think it does). The good news is that you are already a couple steps into this recipe, since your potatoes are already mashed.</p> <p>If you're more into baking than frying, you can still enjoy a decadent, crispy-edged mashed potato treat with this recipe for <a href="http://themuffinmom.com/2009/02/27/loaded-baked-potato-muffins/">loaded baked potato muffins</a>.</p> <h2>4. Shepherd's Pie/Casserole</h2> <p>A classic casserole that&rsquo;s easy to make and popular with everyone, <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/319350/cheddar-topped-shepherds-pie">shepherd&rsquo;s pie</a> is that much easier when you already have a supply of mashed potatoes at the ready. If you&rsquo;re not a meat eater, you can try a <a href="http://www.chooseveg.com/display_recipe.asp?recipe=212">vegan version of shepherd&rsquo;s pie</a>.</p> <h2>5. Potato Lasagna</h2> <p>Mashed potatoes can be awesomely creamy and replace dairy products fairly easily (whether you&rsquo;re lactose intolerant, vegan, or just feeling adventurous). Try out a <a href="http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/ultimate-vegan-lasagna/">vegan lasagna recipe</a> (or meat lasagna) with mashed potatoes in place of the tofu or ricotta cheese. Add crushed, roasted garlic to the potatoes to really pack a wallop of flavor.</p> <h2>6. Potato Bread</h2> <p>I'm not sure what it is exactly about potatoes that make for such <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-beginners-guide-to-homemade-bread">delicious, fluffy bread</a>, but if you can bake, you can turn your mashed potatoes into a brilliant loaf. This <a href="http://easteuropeanfood.about.com/od/polishbreads/r/potatobread.htm">potato bread recipe</a> is pegged as Eastern European, but you&rsquo;ll love it regardless of where your palate hails from.</p> <h2>7. Potato Cheddar Soup</h2> <p>Mashed potatoes are a fantastic soup thickener &mdash; if you&rsquo;re like my mom and use your Thanksgiving turkey in soup, you can make it a real stew by throwing in a big spoonful of mashed potatoes.</p> <p>If you want a real potato-centered soup, mashed potatoes are the main ingredient in <a href="http://www.kayotic.nl/blog/hearty-potato-soup">potato cheddar soup</a>, a decadent staple of winter eating. Like a couple of the other recipes here, you&rsquo;ll find that you&rsquo;ll save a couple of steps, since your potatoes are already mashed.</p> <h2>8. Mashed Potato Moussaka</h2> <p>Moussaka is a traditional Greek <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/one-recipe-lots-of-food-10-great-main-dish-casseroles">casserole</a> made with eggplant; it&rsquo;s very filling and a great dish for winter or fall. Potatoes are often added for texture, and this <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/26/dining/shortcut-moussaka-recipe.html">moussaka recipe</a> includes mashed potatoes. Since you have the mashed potatoes ready to go, you get to save significant time!</p> <h2>9. Potato Perogi</h2> <p>Perogi are a Slavic dumpling &mdash; different from gnocchi in that they are a distinct filling encased in a wrapper. These <a href="http://www.ehow.com/how_2062467_make-potato-pierogi.html">mashed potato-filled dumplings</a> allow you to be especially creative with additional fillings, like chives, bacon, fish, or spices. Top with butter, sour cream, or spicy garlic salsa.</p> <h2>10. Gnocchi</h2> <p>Gnocchi is probably the most obvious use of leftover mashed potatoes, but they are just so amazing that I had to save them for last (since they&rsquo;re the best). This recipe for <a href="http://www.foodwhine.com/2010/12/leftover-mashed-potato-gnocchi.html">mashed potato gnocchi</a> is fast and easy, and it makes the perfect meal for a cool evening.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-ways-to-use-leftover-mashed-potatoes">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-9"> <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/17-ways-to-use-thanksgiving-leftovers">17 Ways to Use Thanksgiving 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/10-easy-delicious-canned-cranberry-recipes">10 Easy, Delicious Canned Cranberry Recipes</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/end-potato-prejudice-10-reasons-why-you-should-eat-potatoes">End Potato Prejudice: 10 Reasons Why You Should Eat 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/thursday-night-soup-delicious-soup-from-leftovers">Thursday Night Soup: Delicious Soup From Leftovers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink leftovers potato Thanksgiving Thu, 22 Nov 2012 11:36:30 +0000 Andrea Karim 955225 at http://www.wisebread.com