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Get more servings out of leftovers by adding more ingredients. For example, if you have some leftover vegetable soup, but only enough for a couple servings, add some chicken broth and a can of vegetables or tomatoes.


Another thing you can do is combine leftovers; leftover sauces can be used in casseroles, leftover rice can be used in casseroles and soup, left over meat and can used in numerous dishes, etc.

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November 9, 20060 found this helpful

My friend used to call this hodge-podge "leftover soup". She put all the food that was left during the week into a huge pot & simmered. Her husband and sons always looked forward to this mystery soup. On the other hand, my friend couldn't bring herself to eat it b/c she said it didn't always look so tasty! LOL

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November 9, 20060 found this helpful

I love leftovers and specifically make meals that will have leftovers to make into more meals! I liked the idea about adding more broth or tomatoes to the soup, how about thickening the leftover vegetable soup and making a crust and making a pot-pie with it? I also like to make extra rice because the next day I can make my chinese fried rice with it (that is one of my favorites!) Roast chicken is good because I boil the bones to get every last piece of meat off, and add some carrots and seasoning and make soup. I do this with turkey too. I save all of my vegetable scraps (peelings) in the freezer and when I have enough I boil them to make a vegetable broth and use that to add to a lot of leftover meals for flavor.


My friend saves all the liquid from all her can vegetables and freezes it, when she makes soup she adds all the liquid in. I just tried this, it made a very flavorful broth but was salty. I added potatoes which soak up salt, and the soup was much better. I also save leftover gravy and freeze it, and I have added it to soup; it makes a thick, savory soup. I am one of the lucky ones, my husband actually likes leftovers! As long as it is home cooked, he will eat it, and he never complains!

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November 10, 20060 found this helpful

When ever we have left over roast I cut up the roast in bite size pieces. I then cut up some potatoes, minced oinon and carrorts. Put it all in a cassarole dish and pour the left over gravy on it. Another nights dinner with little work or thought.

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December 27, 20110 found this helpful

One thing that I love is adding leftover sloppy Joe meat, macaroni & cheese & mixed vegetable to cream of tomato soup! M-m-m good! Taste of Home calls 'em "plan-overs", instead of left-overs! :o)

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