Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Love affair with leftovers

Have I mentioned that, in the past, I have hated leftovers....but not anymore.  In fact I am learning to stretch our groceries quite far with the creative use of leftovers.  There are a couple of tips to keep in mind when cooking with leftovers.

#1.  Use them while they are fresh. 

#2. Use them as close to their natural form as possible; i.e. spaghetti turned into baked pasta, roast beef shredded into loose meat sandwiches.

This weeks creative use of leftovers has gone something like this: Tuesday I slow cooked a pot roast with potatoes and carrots in the crock pot.  I served three adults and two children and put the leftovers in the refrigerator.  Today I cut up the leftovers and put them in the crock pot with the addition of packaged brown gravy and a can of corn (use whatever vegetable you have on hand).  This meal fed another three adults and two children.

Now, I fed my husband soup so later tonight he is going to be hungry again at which point I will cut up some leftover steak and assemble steak and cheese tortillas for a late night snack.

Keep track of how much food you cook and use up what is leftover and your groceries will never seem to run out.

Other uses for leftover pot roast; beef BBQ sandwiches or shepherds pie.

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Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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