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Thread: Oh Yuck, and the What to make for Dinner Question... and what do you do with Leftovers?

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    Okay I've now been sitting here on the board for over an hour trying to become inspired about dinner, and the only inspiration I have is, I don't have to cook tomorrow because it's Thursday...

    Oh wait that's not right! It's Thursday today, as in I don't have to cook because it's just me and Jessica today! YIPPIE! Let's throw in the towel, and go look for leftovers...

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    Sometimes left overs are the best :) soo easy and nothing to worry about.

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    Yes, unless you have a husband that doesn't like leftovers. :roll: I end up stuck with them for lunch or when it's just Jessica and I. The online time I can get away with it is when it's lasana and after we're done, I stick the "remaining half" straight into the freezer. I can't even get away with serving leftover soup! Seriously now, what do you do with leftover soup?

    When it's mostly broth left I freeze it and use it next time as a "soup base", but I have no idea what to do with leftover soup, except eat it, and homemade chicken noodle soup leftover might be good once or twice or even three times, but not more than that.

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    Left over soup.. not too sure.. I know with pasta I usually make a cassorele or something. Ya we have been back with left overs. Not getting around to eating them. But I try not to make too much or make something I can make into something else.

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    With pasta I take all the leftovers and put them into freezer containers and stick them in the freezer and then I use the whenever I need a bit of pasta, as in chicken noodle soup, or as you say casseroles.

    For soup, it's funny most people say they use their leftovers to make soup, not what to do with it once you've got it. ;) But I did find one suggestion, to freeze it into serving sided containers, and then it's lunch, but later, instead of tomorrow. I think I'll try it out and see how it goes, as I don't by canned soups, the sodium is just to high. Salt to have flavor doesn't really work for me.

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    I dont eat soup a lot because there was always left overs that never got eaten.. But the single servings sound like a good idea :) I'll have to try it sometime.

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    I put all my leftovers into single serving containers. Hubby and I eat them for lunches. You can also label and freeze them so you don't get sick of eating the same thing all week. Cooks just like a frozen dinner when you pop it in the microwave.

    This works great for soups too. Having homemade chicken noodle soup on hand all the time is great for anyone who isn't feeling well.

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    Chele you made me laugh about single serving chicken soup on hand! At my house I hate "germs". So I will make a huge "VAT" of homemade soup. The sicker the people and or the less I want to be sick, the MORE garlic goes in! Whole bulb garlic sliced in half (parallel to the roots) plus another mushed up in the garlic press is a given in my soup!

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    There is only two of us now.So I try not to make to much but when I do lunch the next day.

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    Elizabeth, my kids ask for soup before medication if they are feeling under the weather. I've conned them that chicken soup cures all. And my mom always told me children never get headaches, which I passed on as well! My kids are teens now and it's getting harder to fool them. Especially with Google! LOL!

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    leftover soup is the perfect liquid for cooking rice. throw in some extra herbs, and it becomes "special"

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    Moonpi, I wondered if that would work, but the veggies, noodles or what have you wouldn't they get kinda mushy and gross?

    My biggest stubbling block is the leftover spilt pea soup I have in the freezer. I made it after I'd made a ham, with the bone, leftovers ect. but then DH tells me he doesn't really like split pea, and now there it is in there... UGH....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth A.
    Moonpi, I wondered if that would work, but the veggies, noodles or what have you wouldn't they get kinda mushy and gross?

    My biggest stubbling block is the leftover spilt pea soup I have in the freezer. I made it after I'd made a ham, with the bone, leftovers ect. but then DH tells me he doesn't really like split pea, and now there it is in there... UGH....
    If we lived closer my Dh would take that off your hands :)

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    I take left over spaghetti, mix the sauce in, throw it in a pan, sprinkle Parmesan over it and top it with Mozzarella. Then I bake it until its hot and the cheese is all gooey. My DD LOVES my spaghetti pie.

    Left over Vegetable soup? I strain the vegetables out, add a little more meat, mix some of the broth with instant potatoes and put it all in a pie crust and bake. Voila! Homemade pot pie.

    Left over chili, I add macaroni and we have Chili Mac

    Mom used to make something she called Refriderator Clean Out. She'd take all the meat (it would only be beef or pork) chop it in with the vegetables, stir in the left over gravy, top with biscuits and bake.

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    what i do with left over soup (picky hubby won't know) is add more vegatables, thicken, pour into pie crust top with another pie crust and score bake 1 hour and TADA you have your first homemade potpie. hehehehe Silly men

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    i eat leftovers till they r all gone
    then i start something new

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    I think eating leftovers ought to be part of the wedding vows!

    If your soup noodles and veggies are a little on the overcooked side or would become so with further cooking, just remove them and (sadly) discard them or use the veggies in a pot pie or mix them in with the dog's food. You could freeze the soup and bring it out a month or so later and let everyone think you made it from scratch again. I would offer your leftover pea soup to a neighbor (wish we were neighbors). All the other suggestions are things I've done and they turn out really good. You could always forget the leftovers for today and just make breakfast for dinner. Love that.

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    It's just me so I make a big pot of vegetable soup and eat it til it's gone. I never ger tired of it.

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