While you may be busy ironing out the final details of your Thanksgiving menu, we’re already thinking about the days after: what are we going to do with all those leftovers?! The tricky part about Thanksgiving leftovers is using them in a creative and new way that requires minimal work (because let’s be honest, no one wants to cook on the days after Thanksgiving). These 6 recipes are simple, fun and require minimal extra ingredients. Your leftovers couldn’t disappear quicker!
Have you ever stared into your fridge (for what seems like hours) feeling uninspired by its contents? You see a smorgasbord of produce, dairy and condiments but can’t figure out how to make a cohesive meal out of what you have left? We’ve been there too, but the good news is that there’s hope! Whether you’re stuck with a bunch of herbs from that sauce you tried to make from scratch, a half-bottle of wine that didn’t get drunk or just some eggs that are about to hit their sell-by date, there are plenty of ways to use up these ingredients in creative and delicious ways. Here are some to try this week.
Got an open jar of marinara? Throw it into this Spicy Egg Bake with any extra eggs you have. It’s the perfect B-L-D!
If you’re staring into your refrigerator thinking, “what am I going to do with all this leftover Easter ham?” have no fear. We’ve got some great recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner (or breakfast-for-dinner!) that are perfect for repurposing your ham. These recipes are so unique and delicious, it would be impossible to get sick of your ham… ever!
If you’re looking for some post-Black Friday fuel but can’t imagine fitting one more thing in your fridge, we’ve got a solution for you: Transform your Turkey Day leftovers into something extraordinary! From sweet potato casserole, to leftover turkey and green beans–to even the pumpkin pie!– there’s always a solution to remaking Thanksgiving dinner without repeating it. Try out some of these delicious recipes this weekend!
For a late breakfast or brunch: Sweet Potato Waffles with Turkey and Spicy Maple Syrup
Since we couldn’t choose just one grilling recipe for you to make this weekend, we’ll stick to one category: kebabs! Kebabs are the perfect weekend activity – they’re quick-cooking, fun, get the whole family involved AND make for great leftovers. Here are some of our favorite kebab recipes, PLUS, how to use up your leftovers.
Don’t waste those leftovers from holiday get-togethers! Freezing your food is a great way to make the most of your meals, but only if you can properly thaw them later in the year. Here are the best ways to take your food from frozen solid to family dinner:
1. The best way: IN THE FRIDGE
Set frozen food in its wrapper on a plate to catch drips. Food thawed in the fridge will last for 2 or 3 more days than those thawed using other methods.
2. The shortcut: IN COLD WATER
Place food in an airtight bag and submerge in cold water; change water every 30 minutes. Using hot water is a no-no: It encourages bacteria.
3. The cheat: IN THE MICROWAVE
Unwrap foods and thaw using the defrost or low setting. If meats start to brown, remove and cool before continuing. Cook immediately.
4. For baked goods: ON THE COUNTER TOP
Bread and other frozen baked good sare safe to thaw on the counter. Keep them loosely covered with their wrapping from the freezer and place on a wire rack to prevent condensation and sogginess.
DID YOU KNOW?
5 Unexpected Things You Can Freeze:
Milk Pour into freezer bags and freeze flat. You’ll never run to the store when baking again!
Egg Whites Freeze each egg white separately in an ice cube tray. Once frozen, store them in freezer bags.
Butter Buy it on sale with no fear of it spoiling. Store sticks in their paper wrap in a freezer bag.
Avocado Save ripe avocados by mashing them with a bit of lemon juice and packing in airtight containers.
Nuts and Grains Store in airtight containers or freezer bags to prevent them from going rancid at room temperature.
During the holidays, nothing is more guaranteed than leftovers. Don’t let these goodies go to waste! There are plenty of items you can freeze and store for later in the year, but only if you pack them properly. Here are our best freezing techniques and tips to keep freezer burn at bay.
Use Heavy Duty Foil
To wrap foods already wrapped in plastic or parchment to add extra protection. Why? It’s less porous and much thicker than regular foil, and less prone to snagging and tears.
Use Freezer Paper
To prevent air exposure and moisture loss. The goal is to wrap tightly to keep air out. Why? The paper is thick and durable and has an air-resistant coating on one side that keeps food from drying out.
Use Freezer Bags
But make sure to leave an inch free at the top so you can press out the air when sealing. Why? Resealable plastic freezer bags are thicker and often have sturdier seals than regular storage bags.
No More UFO’s
Ban Unidentified Frozen Objects by noting the contents and freeze date on labels or tape with a permanent marker.
Written by Cheryl Slocum
Roast chicken, cooked pasta, and lettuce are foods we always have in our fridge. The unfortunate problem: These leftovers won’t last forever. So, in effort to waste less food, save money and try new recipes, here are a three dishes that will breathe new life into last night’s dinner.
For leftover roast chicken try Rachael Ray’s “Thai It” Chicken Noodles 30-Minute Meal. It’s Rach’s version of takeout, but from home! But saves you money and calories. Win, win!
Spruce up your leftover plain pasta with this easy Pasta Bake. Throw it in the oven for only 12 minutes and you no longer need to spend your night cooking. And don’t think we sacrificed flavor for time–this dish is tasty!
Lettuce take you on a journey from salad to succulent soup! With this Lettuce Soup you will finally use up that head of romaine you have sitting in your fridge.