All posts filed under: what you can do with a left over

Stuffed peppers with ground turkey

Trying to eat healthy…… For the most part always. Ground turkey has fewer calories than beef and a good source of protein. I buy the ground turkey I can see, not in the sausage type packaging. That turkey is just weird. You can mix this with leftover rice, white or brown even quinoa for a more healthier meal. This meal takes about an hour to prep and bake but it is well worth it.  4 bell peppers tops cut off and seeds, membranes removed, (save one top, chopped into pieces) 1 pound ground turkey 1 cup leftover white or brown rice, quinoa or other cooked grain 1/2 onion chopped  1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1 teaspoon salt 1 small can tomato sauce (I think 5 oz) Grated parimisian cheese to top  Water Cook turkey in large skillet, add chopped onion at some point and the chopped up part of one of the pepper tops. Add seasoning and salt. Place cored peppers in large cooking dish with high sides. Add enough water to come up half way …

Broccoli beef 

Yep, I am a leftover queen……hey that should have been the name of my blog. I really dislike throwing food away so I come up with meals that do not taste like yesterday’s dinner. This was one of those recipes. Super easy, you just need to have all the stuff on hand. I served this with white rice, brown rice would work well too.     Left over steak, roast, venison, or buy a smaller lean steak and slice thin Broccoli washed and cut into larger than bit size pieces 1/2 small onion chopped finely Hoisin sauce 3 oz or half a 7 oz jar 2 tablespoons soy sauce aka bug juice 1 tablespoon corn starch 2 teaspoons fish sauce ( in oriental section of grocery store)  1/4 teaspoon fresh grated ginger 1 teaspoon sugar 1 1/2 cup water 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 teaspoon sesame seed oil ( you can omit this if you want)  Toasted Sesame seeds for garnish In a skillet heat vegetable oil up and place chopped onion in hot oil. Cook …

Mom’s fried rice

Our mother has been gone for many years, however certain things she cooked and how she did it live on forever. Fried rice was a family favorite….I would say we had it several times a month. Mostly after a roast or some type of leftover meat.  She would take the left over meat and make an entire new meal out of the remaining meat….which was never enough to feed a family of five. This is a great healthy meal that the entire family should wolf down. Meat…..about 1-2 cups any kind of left over cooked meat. I have not used fish though. Cut into bit size pieces 4 pieces of bacon (more if you want) cut into pieces 1/2 cup chopped onion 1 cup chopped celery   About 4 stalks sliced diagonally  1 cup sliced on the diagonal carrots or 3-4 carrots 2 cups cooked rice (leftover rice works perfect for a fast meal)  Soy sauce. Aka bug juice You can add frozen peas, hard boiled eggs, sesame seeds, bamboo shoots, watercress, or cabbage. This …

Chicken tacos

Have you ever made some chicken, bought a broasted chicken and had leftovers? Plus thinking my family does not do leftovers so what shall I do? Or just thought about chicken tacos and just not sure the best way to make the meat taste right? Hopefully this easy recipe will spice up the dinner table with bird tacos. Now you can make a chicken just for tacos as well, boil, roasted, baked even leftover fried will work. Just remove the skin and bones plus that nasty grisly stuff. It can be in hunks about bite size. The rest is simple……this can feed as many as you like of course depends on the amount of meat you have. Figure one cup of meat will make around four tacos. This recipe I used about two cups of broken up meat.  Chicken meat cooked, no skin, bones and weird fat stuff removed. Leave in large hunks it will break apart as it it stirred and cooked more.  1/2 cup chopped onion 1 tablespoon oil 2 medium tomatoes or …

Pesto potato salad 

Looking for something different for a potato salad? Like pesto? Have extra roasted or baked potatoes? Then this is the dish for you….. Hopefully you saved some of that pesto you made during the summer and have it ready in the freezer. If not, I guess store bought would do and if you are so inclined make a batch of fresh and use it. (See previous post)  Baked, boiled, roasted potatoes, made just for this dish or leftovers. About two large potatoes per recipe. Mayo……how ever gooey you want it 1 tablespoons onion finely chopped 1 large stick celery finely chopped 1-2 hard boiled eggs A shake of garlic salt Pepper to taste 1/4 to 1/2 cup pesto Take the potatoes you are using and chopped them into cubes, kind of on the small side. If you need to cook them do so and cool. In a bowl mix everything and chill before serving.  As always we hope you enjoy. 

Turkey Reuben’s 

Once again I am bombing you with turkey leftover yummie food. This is a great warm sandwich loaded with flavor and it is easy to make.  Rye bread toasted 1-2 slices per person Slice turkey breast meat or other turkey meat pieces Turkey gravy warmed up Saurkraut  heated up Swiss cheese slices Left over stuffing or dressing if desired Toast rye bread place on plate, put cheese slices on warm bread, next warm turkey meat. Then dressing or stuffing if you’d like….then, warm saurkraut and top with warm gravy. That’s it!  If you love saurkraut and have never had it with turkey gravy then you are truly missing out on a great combination of flavors. Since I have been with my husband his family has always had saurkraut with their turkey meal. Try it……you’ll never not include it on the plate again.  As always we hope you enjoy. 

Turkey soup 

You have turkey bones left and trash does not come until next week. No room in the refrigerator either…..what to do? What to do? Make the best turkey soup ever …..takes about a day but well worth it. Here is the stock recipe and I will include the soup recipe too. Stock Large stock pot with lid Turkey bones-all of them and skin Any other left over from dinner….mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, green beans, broccoli etc. everything you had on the table goes in….except sweet stuff! No cranberry sauce or sweet potatoes dishes. It will make the soup too sweet and weird. Yes, we have done it….. Strainers from big holes to a fine one 1 extra stock pot or very large bowl.  1 bucket or trash bag, something to put the debri in Put everything into stock pot, cover with water and bring to a boil, then simmer for the day. Once in a while stir and push down on everything. Over time the solids will reduce and you’ll have a nice rich broth …

Turkey a-la-King 

It’s that time of year again that the big bird comes out, everyone eats yummie food, gets full and has left overs. But you say to yourself…..”self…..what can I make that is different” and you self replies…..”turkey a-la-King.” This is easy and tasty.  Chopped up turkey meat….about 1 1/2 -2  cups….this should serve three to four easily.  1 quart 1/2 and 1/2 Cooked rice Sliced green olives (1 8 oz jar) 4 hard boiled eggs sliced 4 tablespoon butter 2 tablespoons flour Have everything prepped, heat skillet up on low to medium heat.  Add butter and flour together and stir until butter is melted. This makes a roux.  Slowly add 1/2 and 1/2 stirring until butter has blended well with the liquid. Should be lump free. Add turkey and heat up, once the mixture starts to get warm, not thick yet add sliced green olives. Stir lightly. Turn heat up to medium so the mixture starts to thicken. Add sliced hard boil eggs during this time. When the mixture is bubbly and a little thick …

Sweet potatoes and their skins

It’s that time of year when sweet potatoes or yams make it to the dinner table more often. They should be eaten all year long because they have great nutrition to offer and they taste good. But it seems the next 60 days are sweet potatoes farmers money maker. Everyone has there favorite way to prepare…..but what about that skin? You peel it? Scoop out the meat? And the skin is left over to discard or compost. But wait! There is something to do with this lonely skin…… Make dog treats….yep, an easy and nutritional thing for your pets; Or you if you like that sort of thing for yourself. Maybe good for camping in the wilderness a light weight yummie treat for yourself and your pet.  Alright…..after the meat is scooped out, the more you leave in the longer this will take so I remove almost all of the flesh. Heat oven to 225, on a cookie sheet lay out the skins so they are opened up as best as possible. You can spray …

Egg foo yung

  To me it’s all about using what you have to make an easy meal. This turned out more than good plus I think it was not over loaded with calories. We had left over fish…is there such a thing?……I cooked extra this time just for leftovers. 🙂  Plus we had leftover white rice. So…. Here we go……. Cooked fish around 1-2 cups broken into pieces 1 cup cooked rice 1 cup frozen peas 1 teaspoon sesame seed oil 2 tablespoon oyster sauce 6 eggs Oil to fry in or cooking spray for less calories My measurements for fish and rice are not exact, but you get the idea. Everything else I measured.  Break up the fish in a medium size bowl, add rice and mix so it is about fifty fifty with a bit more fish than rice. Put in everything else except eggs. Mix well……in a separate bowl crack eggs and beat them, pour over the fish and rice mixture. Stir well. Heat a skillet add oil to coat the bottom or spray with …