Don’t waste your leftovers!

October 13, 2010 at 7:00 pm (Food)

If your family is like mine, you’ve thrown away too many leftovers.  That’s money right in the garbage, not to mention your time and effort.  I hate wasting my time and don’t have loads of money to throw away, so I’m really trying to work on rescuing leftovers from the garbage can.  Hubs and Junior love what I call “Breakfast Casserole”; it’s essentially a simple crustless quiche.  Here’s how to do it!

Save your leftovers in small freezer bags.  Label them!  If there’s a lot of something, divide it up, you shouldn’t need more than an cup of any one thing (and probably less).  Put all the small bags together in one big one so you can find them when you’re ready.  It doesn’t matter much what it is, meat, veggies, whatever.

If you know it’s going to be a quick dinner night, pull a few bags from the freezer and pop them in the fridge.  They’ll probably still be a little frozen when it’s time to make dinner, but that’s ok.  Of course, you can always use last night’s leftovers or whatever you can find in your cupboards.

If you want a crust, make any kind you like (or just use a frozen one).  Otherwise, lightly grease  any size pan for your family.  I usually use an 8 or 9 inch round.  Or, if your family loves finger food, grease a muffin tin very well.  Break apart the leftovers and distribute them in the pan; add a little shredded cheese if you want.

I like to use pasteurized eggs.  I like the ones that are 99% egg white with just a little yolk for flavor.  If you want to add a little milk, go for it; this will make the eggs a little softer and lighter.  The amount of egg you’ll need will vary a bit, so experiment with it to get it right.  Don’t forget to leave a little room for the eggs to expand.

Bake them at 350 degrees for 20-45 minutes depending on the size.  Again, this will take a little bit of experimenting on your part to find what works best.

Some favorite combos in our house have been Mexican (taco meat, diced tomatoes, corn and black beans – served with salsa and sour cream), Broccoli chicken (shredded chicken, steamed broccoli, some kind of cheese), pizza (favorite pizza toppings like diced pepperoni, mozzarella, olives, onions, bell peppers, etc).

There’s no wrong way to do this, so experiment and find what your family likes!


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