Saturday, May 3, 2014

Using Up the Leftovers

In this economy, using up the leftovers has become more important than ever before. Why just this week, we have eaten lasagna three nights. For some crazy reason, my freezer is a death row of leftovers. Once anything goes in, it rarely comes out. So it's just better to eat whatever it is all up in that four-day window allowed.

The first night, I served the lasagna, which happened to be a Marie Callender's on sale. It was more economical than fast food and it could be ready to go in a half hour or less. It was tasty enough for a prepackaged meal. The second night, I remembered *this recipe* on my Pinterest board. Oh yum. We loved it. The third night, I tossed in some leftover chicken and we enjoyed it all over again. 

Now I happened to be thinking of this as I wandered through my photo files last evening. I have certainly left a lot of photos behind. How to use them...how to use them...I know! A "lasagna" soup of sorts. 


Have a great weekend!


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40 comments:

  1. Haha! Death row of leftovers. You'd be surprised, though, at how a use for any one of those photos might come up in a future post. As long as you have them tagged with every possible description, you'll find them handy. As it is, I like the leftover collage. :-)

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  2. Now I'm wondering what else should be addressed as leftovers besides food and photos!
    That crock pot soup is something I would never have thought of, Vee, and an excellent idea.
    It immediately reminded me of how I used to often make chicken paprikas and has the leftovers in rolled up crepes the next day. Or how my mother always used up the end of leg of lamb with curried lamb over rice. You've certainly started a flood if ideas for me this morning! And I love your mosaic soup!

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  3. Clever, Vee, you are so creative. I really like your leftovers! And thanks for the reminder about that soup, I had seen it elsewhere or on your blog? and had meant to try it.

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  4. I am with you on frozen food graveyards, with the exception of frozen soup. Soup gets made in vats around here and frozen in four serving sized lots. Your lasagna soup recipe is getting added to my frozen soup "library", ready to check out and enjoyed with ease.

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  5. Leftovers are great in a pinch and when you don't feel like cooking. We call them, Must Go's!
    This must go and that must go....LOL Great idea Vee.

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  6. Very pretty leftovers, Vee. You caught John without his glasses on I see. It looks like a gothca moment!
    BTW, thank you very much for the Eddy Arnold youtube, now I can't get What's He Doin in My World out of my head!!!

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  7. Good leftovers, have a great week-end.

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  8. Would it be considered cannibalism if SOMEONE wanted to eat the man in the third square? lol
    My hubby love Maria Callender's pot pies. That is a great idea for using up all those odds and ends of pictures-a "picture lasagna". Love it. For some strange reason I am craving Olive Garden now- xo Diana

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  9. I could eat lasagna leftovers forever. :-(. xo

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  10. I like leftovers - leftover spatting is always better than on the first day - leftover pork or beef roast - leftover turkey! Yummy, all!
    Leftover photos always come in handy too!

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  11. Your leftover photos make a tasty treat for the eyes. Love the idea of a lasagne soup. I'm not all that fond of leftovers but they get devoured by the other member of this household so all is good.

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  12. Clicked over to see the recipe for lasagna soup, ended up craving ice cream! ;-)

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    1. Ice Cream? Ha! Now you've gone and done it!

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  13. Lasagna is one of our favorite meals ( I have a lot of favorite meals) so we have it often. Love your leftover pictures. A real treat.

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  14. I love lasagna. We eat leftovers a lot. Usually what we have for dinner one night we might have for lunch the next day, and then just a lite supper.

    Love your leftover pictures!

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  15. Love your leftovers!! We DO eat ours as well! Why just this morning we had pancakes from the freezer and sausage patties - from the freezer - and a sliced potato fried with some onions -baked potato from an earlier dinner in the week. I LOVE leftovers!!

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  16. Funny - I am caring for my older sister who just had surgery last week and I just fixed her a late lunch (she slept through normal lunch time.) I had made her rosemary chicken the other day.....and I just took the chicken and gravy, added ziti spinach, garlic, basil, oregano, black pepper and parm cheese and made chicken florentine with those leftovers.

    So I am hearing ya, feel the same way. Hugs.

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  17. I love your leftovers collage! Great idea. And I'm really liking the pastel spring colours on your blog. So pretty! Enjoy the weekend!

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  18. Hmm, leftovers - you either like them or hate them. I don't mind them all but once Glenn has eaten a dinner, he doesn't want it again. There is a lot of ham in the freezer from Easter!
    Good idea to show off some leftover photos, this could make a good meme.

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  19. I love this post and I love leftovers. Somehow they taste better the second time around. I have so many photos I really need to get organized.

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  20. Even when the economy was good (pre-O'blamer) we would often enjoy leftovers. It's economical and gives one a break from having to cook every single day. That's why God invented Refrigerators. Right? ~:)

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  21. Vee..I am constantly on the guys about not eating leftovers and then when I do go shopping and they look in the pantry and the freezer, they whine: There's nothing to eat...we're going to starve!" Reallyyyyyyyyy...anyways..thanks for the chuckle. Loved your photos. Blessings

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  22. Our leftovers usually get eaten the next day for lunch or there are no left overs at all!

    You are very clever in using your leftovers - both food and photo wise!

    Deanna

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  23. Fun with leftovers and I like the recipe, too!

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  24. Aw yes, I know what you mean about leftovers being lost in the freezer! Love your descriptions and your left-over pics! Have a fabulous weekend!

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  25. What a pretty header! I'm the opposite. I have to put my leftovers in the freezer or else I might as well just through them out.

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  26. I know what you mean....on both counts!
    I recently started freezing leftovers carefully in canning jars.....I think it makes me enjoy using them more. Because I am inordinately fond of canning jars. Plastic, not so much.

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  27. Cute! I want to make a leftovers post!! Fun!

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  28. The photo collage was such a cute idea!! And I love how you spread those leftovers out. I wish I were creative that way. Some nights I'll see three or four different "parts" of meals in the fridge and just make one big plate of it for hubby! Personally, I like leftovers for breakfast. And I'll eat eggs for dinner. But that's a whole other post for you! :)

    XO,
    Jane

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  29. Vee you get the best ideas and what to call them. I love your leftovers. I really enjoy leftovers in general and like you the freezer is generally not the good option for them!

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  30. Vee...this was such a cute idea for a post. Now you've got me hungry for lasagna...it's been ages since I have made it! Have a blessed Sunday!

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  31. What a clever way to use leftovers! :D Love your buntings!

    A friend of mine introduced me to "rubber chicken." Have you ever heard of such a thing? (She blogged about it here...http://thistledewblog.com/2014/03/11/stretching-and-raising/ ) A good challenge!

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  32. Ah leftovers always for lunch the next day.
    Merle...............

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  33. I'm very economical with my leftovers, too, Vee. Loved seeing your "leftover" photos!!

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  34. "A Haven for Vee" has been included in the A Sunday Drive for this week. Be assured that I hope this helps to point even more new visitors in your direction.

    http://asthecrackerheadcrumbles.blogspot.com/2014/05/a-sunday-drive.html

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  35. I enjoyed those leftover photos in addition to your discussion about leftover food. Like you, it seems if it goes in the freezer, it's forgotten. With the price of food going up, I'm ready to plant a big garden and can again. Now just to find a spot to accommodate that desire.

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  36. I'm smiling at your comment about stuff in the freezer...'once anything goes in, it rarely comes out'. I can SO identify with that! But tonight I am actually serving a meal to guests that includes leftovers from the freezer. I had leftover cabbage rolls and am building a meal around those. You did well in making good use of leftovers this week!

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  37. I had to laugh at you eating lasagna for 3 days, we just had spaghetti for 3 days, each day served a different way, just to change it up. Your leftovers collage is cute.

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  38. This is a great post, leftovers have become a mainstay around here especially since we are keeping long hours outside, as matter of fact we had leftover spaghetti for supper tonight, and surprising to me Dh noted that it taste better than last evening.I must be getting better at serving leftovers, all I did was add extra oregano and more tomatoes. ~grin~
    Loved the Sunday post too!

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