We had a Leftover Buffet for supper Saturday night. I'd say about half the time, we have a night of the week where we take all the bowls of leftovers out of the fridge and use them for supper.
We use most of our leftovers for our lunches. It's cheaper than eating sandwiches, which requires purchasing bread, sliced meats, cheeses, condiments and chips. We have literally saved thousands of dollars over the past 25 years just by Larry "brown bagging it" for his lunch. The savings from what he would spend on his lunch goes a fairly long way in paying for our nights out.
I have found that leftovers are a bit more attractive to my family if I empty them into a smaller casserole dish, reheat and top with fresh toppings - such as cheese or crushed crackers. The small casserole dishes in the picture are my favorites. These are from Pampered Chef. I can't find them in the current catalog. I'm not sure they're still available. If you can find something similar, they are great for re-heating leftovers and cooking things like hot dips and spreads!
If your leftovers seem a bit dry, stir in a small amount of water, broth or milk to moisten them.
Serving fresh bread with your leftovers is also a great way to add a new item without a lot of work or expense. Breads such as Biscuit Rolls or Hush Puppies are inexpensive and quick and easy to prepare. I've posted both recipes below.
I always feel a small bit of satisfaction when I serve our little Leftover Buffets, seeing all the food the Lord has provided and enabled me to prepare for my family.
A quick tip for preserving leftovers. I hate to throw away food, but sometimes, no matter how hard I try, our schedule just doesn't allow for us to eat everything before it ruins. A great way to preserve these leftovers is to coat a muffin tin with a bit of cooking spray, spoon leftovers into prepared tins, freeze, remove from freezer and pop out these individual-sized servings. Place these into a freezer-weight Ziploc bag and take out servings, as needed.
I would for y'all to share ways you make good use of your leftovers!!
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter.
Spray muffin pan with cooking spray. Place a refrigerated biscuit into each muffin cup. Spoon melted butter over each biscuit. Bake for about 10 minutes.
I use frozen hush puppies that I get at Wal-mart. The bag just says - Hush Puppies. It does say distributed by Wal-mart on the back of the bag. These are really good, better than some restaurants!
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