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Last week I was asked to talk about what to do with all the leftovers-haven’t done it in a while and I’m sure we all have some!

I didn’t even host, but I have some stuffing in my fridge.  My husband went to visit the grandkids all weekend so I made a dent in it by having some of it with the leftover turkey loaf I made on both Friday and Sunday night.

As for what to do with some of the items?

There are the usual:  enchiladas, casseroles, sandwiches, frittatas, meat sauce to serve over a variety of pastas or grains.  Turn some of the leftover cranberry sauce into a tangy and different waffle/pancake topping.  If it’s the jelly type-try using it in place of half the oil in a brownie mix.  Make potato puffs out of the mashers.

I know some people make a form of shepherd’s pie with either the leftover mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes and switch out the ground lamb for turkey or ham chunks.

Soup or stew is a great way to use up the leftover protein of your family’s choice and the leftover veggies as well.

Just a head’s up-I will post some of your ideas on leftovers on Friday, but after that I’ll be pretty much out of town until after New Year’s.  

We‘re going to go have some fun with our daughter, son-in-law and grandsons.  Since we’ve never been and they live so close, we‘re taking in the Grand Canyon, the Polar Express and the deer farm.  I also have a close friend who lives in Flagstaff that promises to bring his wife and meet up with us at the farm!

So from me to all of you dear fab40 friends:

May you have a healthy and happy holiday season and see you in 2011!

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      Max0125 wrote Dec 14, 2010
    • Great ideas! Have fun over the holidays!

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      Carine Nadel wrote Dec 14, 2010
    • yes, but Mary-this week was your idea!  What are some of your ways to use leftovers?

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      Max0125 wrote Dec 17, 2010
    • I did not have many leftovers this week, but I made an incredible soup with sauteed leeks and carrots, some veggie broth, herbs de provence and red lentils. It was incredible. I also made chili with lean ground chuck and a smoked steak for the carnivore in the house.

      One of my friends and I are going to start having three unique food challenges starting next year. The first challenge will be that we are not allowed to shop for an entire week. We have to be creative with what we have in the pantry. The second challenge is a meatless Monday challenge for our carnivore hubbies. Our third challenge (inspired by you) will be to cook once, eat twice or thrice challenge. It should be fun!

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