One thing that almost always comes with the holidays is, leftovers! I love them, a plate of our Thanksgiving meal taste just as good the next day. And honestly maybe a little better. I love hosting, but it can also be stressful, and hard to really enjoy the food. The next day the stress and stimulation is gone, it’s just you, and the leftovers.
Okay, enough about Thanksgiving, because leftovers are a year round thing! And did you know nearly 40% of all food in America is wasted. That’s startling.
There are so many things you can do with leftovers.
You could make a whole chicken, turkey, roast and cover more then one dinner. There are so many recipes for soups, stews, chilis, sandwiches, pot pies, tacos, and many more.
Ham, again there are so many recipes you could add it to; breakfast, au gratin, macaroni and cheese, soups, and sandwiches.
What about when you make too much rice, don’t throw it away. Did you know fried rice is best made with leftover rice? Yep.
Remember that statistic about food waste? Well, when you cook that whole turkey or chicken, how many of us just throw the carcass away? I’m guilty. Making our own stock is easy, and healthier. The Forked Spoon has a great step by step process to making your own Turkey Stock and Chicken Stock.
RECIPES FOR THOSE LEFTOVERS
Find over 30 unique recipes for those leftover mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, cranberries, and so much more.
- Ham Salad by Natalies Health
- Rice Casserole by Simple Living Recipes
- Vegan Pasta Frittata by The Vegan Larder
- Turkey Lime Fajitas by Naughty Kitchen
- Corned Beef & Cabbage Egg Rolls by Jamilghar
- Chocolate Mashed Potato Cake by I Heart Eating
- Sweet Potato Casserole with Black Beans, Kale and Quinoa by Happy Kitchen
- Leftover Rice Bokkeumbap by Somebody Feed Seb
- Mashed Potato Pancakes by The Good Hearted Woman
- Sausage Potato Hash with Herb Dressing by Chef Not Required
- French Toast With Hot Dog Buns by Oh Clary
- Thanksgiving Turkey Sliders by Simply Stacie
- Turkey Quesadillas by Babaganosh
- Turkey Pot Pie Soup by The Clean Eating Couple
- Chili Cornbread Casserole by Blues Best Life
- Mac & Cheese Bites by Everyday Family Cooking
- Brisket Chili by The Tasty Travelers
- Brisket BBQ Pizza by Stef’s Eats & Sweets
- Teriyaki Chicken Yaki Udon by Pups With Chopsticks
- Turkey Taquitos by Carolyn’s Cooking
- Turkey Pesto Sliders by The Peasants Daughter
- Pulled Pork Sliders by Blackberry Babe
- Turkey Curry by Recipe This
- Mashed Potato Waffles and Gravy by Served From Scratch
- Cherry Pie Overnight Oats by Very Veganish
- Cranberry Sauce Quick Bread by Strength & Sunshine
- Easy Cranberry Orange Muffins with Streusel Topping by This Mom Is On Fire
- Roast Chicken Congee (jook) by Greedy Girl Gourmet
- Chicken Rillettes (French Potted Chicken Spread) by Go Healthy With Bea
- Chicken or Turkey Muffins by Go Healthy With Bea
- Easy Crepes with Leftover Chicken(or other meat) and Cheese Filling by Sustain My Cooking Habit
- Best Ever Leftover Turkey Cannelloni by Sustain My Cooking Habit
- Vibrant Leftover Cranberry Sauce Cosmo by Marley’s Menu
- Mashed Potatoes & Stuffing Balls by Pattern Princess
- Buffalo Chicken Tater Tot Casserole by Dancing Through the Rain
- Leftover Ham, Broccoli and Cheese Crescent Cups by XOXO Bella
- One Pot Turkey Tetrazzini by iFoodReal
- Crispy Chicken Shells Casserole by Platter Talk
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HELPFUL KITCHEN TOOLS:
- If your kitchen doesn’t already have a cast iron skillet, I highly suggest adding one. They are great, easy to use and clean. And make your food taste even better.
- A skillet is a must and this stainless steal one is good, as well as the cast iron one above.
- Measuring Cups & Spoons, these are the ones I have and they’re great – cheap, functional, easy to clean and good quality.
- Mixing bowls – I absolutely love these mixing bowls.