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Gimme your best leftover recipes! (please and thank you.)

Any of your favorite dinner recipes make good left overs? Please share! I'd also love to see any dinner recipes you consider inexpensive.

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  • I made this chili on Halloween for the BF and me. It has a kick but not too much to where you constantly need water and it's healthy. We loved it! I also brought it into work with me the next day for lunch so it was pretty good as a leftover too.

    http://redsie05.blogspot.com/2010/10/ww-crock-pot-chicken-taco-chili.html
  • thejucheideathejucheidea East Nashville, Tennessee member
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    I like to make a big pot of oyakodon (click) and eat it over the entire week. It's just an onion, chicken, kale and egg in a soy-dashi sauce. You serve it over brown rice. It gets better over the course of the week as the flavors develop. It's pretty cheap eats too. If you can't find hondashi, you can even make it with whatever stock you like.

    I also think that kimbap gets better with age. Kimbap is the Korean version of sushi -- it has cooked fillings and has sesame oil in the rice and on the nori, so it has a very different taste despite looking like Japanese sushi. Here's a recipe (click) -- I make my rice with the sesame oil as well as rice wine vinegar and sugar like Japanese sushi rice because I like a little bit of bitter. I also don't use bulgogi. The kimbap I made last night has spinach, carrots, cucumber, daikon radish and tamagoyaki (click).

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  • Both of these make a lot of food, and the pork can be used for a lot of different dishes. I just made a big pot of the stew (second recipe) last night that will last us pretty much all week. It is probably my favorite thing I make.

    http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/03/spicy-dr-pepper-shredded-pork/

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    I made almost the same chili recipe as Mhollister did on Saturday except I added a jalapeno to it and it was delicious! I ate leftovers yesterday and it was still good.

    I haven't made this in forever but, this is a really quick and easy meal if you like Italian or chicken sausage - http://www.pbfingers.com/2010/02/24/rainy-day-dinner/


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  • I don't have the link for it, but I got this off a friend's blog:
    2 pounds of chicken (usually do a mix of skinless breast and thigh)
    2 cans of diced tomatoes
    1 pack onion soup mix

    Slow-cooker on low for 7-8 hours.  Serve over brown rice with your choice of veggies.  We usually have it for a few days.  The leftover chicken and tomato/onion soup mix could be made into a good chicken parm without the breading.
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  • I don't believe there is really any expensive recipe in my blog, but then again I don't use any meat.  So to the meat eater these may work occaisionally, or you can sub in meat.

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  • thejucheideathejucheidea East Nashville, Tennessee member
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    My mom always makes big ol' crockpots of either picante chicken or barbeque chicken. Ingredients include a can of picante salsa plus frozen chicken or a bottle of barbeque plus frozen chicken.

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    [QUOTE]I made this chili on Halloween for the BF and me. It has a kick but not too much to where you constantly need water and it's healthy. We loved it! I also brought it into work with me the next day for lunch so it was pretty good as a leftover too. <a href="http://redsie05.blogspot.com/2010/10/ww-crock-pot-chicken-taco-chili.html" rel="nofollow">http://redsie05.blogspot.com/2010/10/ww-crock-pot-chicken-taco-chili.html</a>
    Posted by mhollister89[/QUOTE]

    This looks delicious! Bookmarked.
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    [QUOTE]I like to make a big pot of oyakodon ( click ) and eat it over the entire week. It's just an onion, chicken, kale and egg in a soy-dashi sauce. You serve it over brown rice. It gets better over the course of the week as the flavors develop. It's pretty cheap eats too. If you can't find hondashi, you can even make it with whatever stock you like. I also think that kimbap gets better with age. Kimbap is the Korean version of sushi -- it has cooked fillings and has sesame oil in the rice and on the nori, so it has a very different taste despite looking like Japanese sushi. Here's a recipe ( click ) -- I make my rice with the sesame oil as well as rice wine vinegar and sugar like Japanese sushi rice because I like a little bit of bitter. I also don't use bulgogi. The kimbap I made last night has spinach, carrots, cucumber, daikon radish and tamagoyaki ( click ). I eat weird food.
    Posted by ahstillwell[/QUOTE]

    My H will looooves this types of stuffs. Thank you!
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    [QUOTE]I don't believe there is really any expensive recipe in my blog, but then again I don't use any meat.  So to the meat eater these may work occaisionally, or you can sub in meat.
    Posted by danser55[/QUOTE]

    We often pick vegatarian dishes to save money. Thank you for sharing!
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    [QUOTE]Both of these make a lot of food, and the pork can be used for a lot of different dishes. I just made a big pot of the stew (second recipe) last night that will last us pretty much all week. It is probably my favorite thing I make. <a href="http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/03/spicy-dr-pepper-shredded-pork/" rel="nofollow">http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/03/spicy-dr-pepper-shredded-pork/</a> <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/white-chicken-chili-stew-recipe2/index.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/white-chicken-chili-stew-recipe2/index.html</a>
    Posted by cschiano[/QUOTE]

    Yes. I need pork dishes that involve Dr. Pepper. Thankyoumuch.
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    [QUOTE]I made almost the same chili recipe as Mhollister did on Saturday except I added a jalapeno to it and it was delicious! I ate leftovers yesterday and it was still good. I haven't made this in forever but, this is a really quick and easy meal if you like Italian or chicken sausage - <a href="http://www.pbfingers.com/2010/02/24/rainy-day-dinner/" rel="nofollow">http://www.pbfingers.com/2010/02/24/rainy-day-dinner/</a>
    Posted by steign[/QUOTE]

    SAUSAGE. You guys are making my night.
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    [QUOTE]I don't have the link for it, but I got this off a friend's blog: 2 pounds of chicken (usually do a mix of skinless breast and thigh) 2 cans of diced tomatoes 1 pack onion soup mix Slow-cooker on low for 7-8 hours.  Serve over brown rice with your choice of veggies.  We usually have it for a few days.  The leftover chicken and tomato/onion soup mix could be made into a good chicken parm without the breading.
    Posted by LaSak87[/QUOTE]

    Yummy! Thanks!
  • I know I'm a little late in the game, but my favorite "leftover" recipes are below.  The chili I'm making superbowl:

    http://www.cookingcache.com/soupsand/beefytortillasoup.shtml?rdid=rc1
    http://www.campbellskitchen.com/recipes/recipedetails?recipeid=50443

    I made both of these and froze them before my parents and I went on a three week cross country trip.  Nights that it was too cold we would heat both of the above recipes up and they were delish as leftovers!

    I have a ton of cheap recipes, we made this last week and it was so good and cheap (since we had chicken, olive oil, and homemade sauce at home)
    http://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2008/02/end-of-chicken-parmesan-as-you-know-it.html

    The recipe is a youtube video, but all you do is put the olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes in the bottom of a 9X13 baking dish and swirl it around.  Then, put down the chicken breasts, layer the sauce, basil, mozzarella, parmesan and finally the croutons.  This is the best meal the next day!

    I have tons more if you need them lol.

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    [QUOTE]I know I'm a little late in the game, but my favorite "leftover" recipes are below.  The chili I'm making superbowl: <a href="http://www.cookingcache.com/soupsand/beefytortillasoup.shtml?rdid=rc1" rel="nofollow">http://www.cookingcache.com/soupsand/beefytortillasoup.shtml?rdid=rc1</a> <a href="http://www.campbellskitchen.com/recipes/recipedetails?recipeid=50443" rel="nofollow">http://www.campbellskitchen.com/recipes/recipedetails?recipeid=50443</a> I made both of these and froze them before my parents and I went on a three week cross country trip.  Nights that it was too cold we would heat both of the above recipes up and they were delish as leftovers! I have a ton of cheap recipes, we made this last week and it was so good and cheap (since we had chicken, olive oil, and homemade sauce at home) <a href="http://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2008/02/end-of-chicken-parmesan-as-you-know-it.html" rel="nofollow">http://foodwishes.blogspot.com/2008/02/end-of-chicken-parmesan-as-you-know-it.html</a> The recipe is a youtube video, but all you do is put the olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes in the bottom of a 9X13 baking dish and swirl it around.  Then, put down the chicken breasts, layer the sauce, basil, mozzarella, parmesan and finally the croutons.  This is the best meal the next day! I have tons more if you need them lol.
    Posted by buddysmom80[/QUOTE]

    Not too late! We usually start a new recipe list at the beginning of each year (and add to it throughout the year). We're hoping to make more use of leftovers and stretch our grocery money a little farther, while eating out less often.

    Thanks for sharing these recipes. The more the merrier. I could share some of the misc recipes we have used over the years that we liked. They just aren't all healthy, cheap, or typical.

    <a href="http://dineanddish.net/2009/06/lazy-days-recipe-eggadilla/" rel="nofollow">http://dineanddish.net/2009/06/lazy-days-recipe-eggadilla/</a>
    <a href="http://thisweekfordinner.com/2011/03/15/blackened-chicken-fettuccine-alfredo/" rel="nofollow">http://thisweekfordinner.com/2011/03/15/blackened-chicken-fettuccine-alfredo/</a> (not really fancy, but tasty!)
    <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/turkey-sweet-potato-shepherds-pie-recipe/index.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/turkey-sweet-potato-shepherds-pie-recipe/index.html</a>
    <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/cheesy-beer-fondue-recipe/index.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/cheesy-beer-fondue-recipe/index.html</a>
    <a href="http://thisweekfordinner.com/2010/04/30/stuffed-peppers-worth-stuffing/" rel="nofollow">http://thisweekfordinner.com/2010/04/30/stuffed-peppers-worth-stuffing/</a>
    <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/recipe-creamy-grits-with-corn-goat-cheese-roasted-tomatoes-151010" rel="nofollow">http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/recipe-creamy-grits-with-corn-goat-cheese-roasted-tomatoes-151010</a>
    <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/main-dish/quick-supper-chewy-farro-pasta-with-edamame-pesto-114591" rel="nofollow">http://www.thekitchn.com/thekitchn/main-dish/quick-supper-chewy-farro-pasta-with-edamame-pesto-114591</a>
    <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/robin-miller/baked-ziti-with-sweet-turkey-sausage-recipe/index.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/robin-miller/baked-ziti-with-sweet-turkey-sausage-recipe/index.html</a>

    ... I'll stop there. :)
     
  • edited January 2013
    I am a HUGE fan of the rotisserie chicken. There is so much you can do with it, and if you have a membership to COSTCO, they are super cheap and the chickens are really big. It's amazing how many meals you can get out of 1 chicken for 2 people!

    Night 1: Rotisserie chicken (breasts) with sides. (baked sweet potatoes, some kind of veggie...whatever you like)

    Lunch the next day: Chicken salad sandwich (thighs & any leftover breast). I usually make mine with diced chicken, celery, mayo, rosemary, salt, pepper and lemon juice.

    Night 2: Chicken Pot Pie (Wings, drumstick). Sauté diced veggies you like in a pan with butter. I usually do peas, carrots, yellow onion and celery. Once veggies are soft, add chicken and sprinkle about 1 TBLS of flour. Stir mixture until the flower is evenly coating the meat and veggies. Add 1-2 cups of chicken broth and allow to simmer and thicken. Transfer mixture to a baking dish. Place raw Pillsbury biscuits on top and bake according to the biscuit instructions.

    Lunch the next day: Chicken Green Salad (any remaining chicken). Make a green salad with any kind of veggies/toppings you like. 

    Night Three: Vegetable noodle soup (carcass). (I usually make the broth the 2nd night after i've removed all the leftover meat.) Place carcass (skin, bones, everything) in a soup pot with 2 quartered yellow onions, 2 quartered carrots, 3 quartered celery stalks, 5 pepper corns and 1 bay leaves. Add water until carcass and veggies are completely covered and simmer for 3-4 hours on medium-low. Strain broth, (tossing all bones, meat and veggies) and place in a pot in the fridge to cool over night.

    (on night 3) Remove broth from fridge and scrape fat off the top & throw away. Warm broth on stove. In a sauté pan, sauté veggies (diced carrots, onion, celery, zucchini) in butter until soft. Add dried thyme, salt and pepper to taste. Place veggies in broth pot and bring to a simmer. Add egg noodles and simmer until noodles are tender. (You can also add remaining chicken if you have any pieces left)

    ETA: I make the same soup broth with my Thanksgiving turkey. If you don't need the entire amount of broth for the number of people you're feeding...you can freeze the broth. I usually freeze it in individual portions and then I can easily make soup through out the winter season for FI and me without having to make a huge pot!
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    [QUOTE]I am a HUGE fan of the rotisserie chicken. There is so much you can do with it, and if you have a membership to COSTCO, they are super cheap and the chickens are really big. It's amazing how many meals you can get out of 1 chicken for 2 people! Night 1 : Rotisserie chicken (breasts) with sides. (baked sweet potatoes, some kind of veggie...whatever you like) Lunch the next day : Chicken salad sandwich (thighs & any leftover breast). I usually make mine with diced chicken, celery, mayo, rosemary, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Night 2 : Chicken Pot Pie (Wings, drumstick). Sauté diced veggies you like in a pan with butter. I usually do peas, carrots, yellow onion and celery. Once veggies are soft, add chicken and sprinkle about 1 TBLS of flour. Stir mixture until the flower is evenly coating the meat and veggies. Add 1-2 cups of chicken broth and allow to simmer and thicken. Transfer mixture to a baking dish. Place raw Pillsbury biscuits on top and bake according to the biscuit instructions. Lunch the next day : Chicken Green Salad (any remaining chicken). Make a green salad with any kind of veggies/toppings you like.  Night Three : Vegetable noodle soup (carcass). (I usually make the broth the 2nd night after i've removed all the leftover meat.) Place carcass (skin, bones, everything) in a soup pot with 2 quartered yellow onions, 2 quartered carrots, 3 quartered celery stalks, 5 pepper corns and 1 bay leaves. Add water until carcass and veggies are completely covered and simmer for 3-4 hours on medium-low. Strain broth, (tossing all bones, meat and veggies) and place in a pot in the fridge to cool over night. (on night 3) Remove broth from fridge and scrape fat off the top & throw away. Warm broth on stove. In a sauté pan, sauté veggies (diced carrots, onion, celery, zucchini) in butter until soft. Add dried thyme, salt and pepper to taste. Place veggies in broth pot and bring to a simmer. Add egg noodles and simmer until noodles are tender. (You can also add remaining chicken if you have any pieces left) ETA: I make the same soup broth with my Thanksgiving turkey. If you don't need the entire amount of broth for the number of people you're feeding...you can freeze the broth. I usually freeze it in individual portions and then I can easily make soup through out the winter season for FI and me without having to make a huge pot!
    Posted by allusive007[/QUOTE]

    This is amazing! Thank you for sharing. I am definitely going to try to implement this plan.
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Gimme your best leftover recipes! (please and thank you.) : This is amazing! Thank you for sharing. I am definitely going to try to implement this plan.
    Posted by jenjenniferf[/QUOTE]

    I'm glad you like it! There is so much you can make with the leftover meat: chicken quesadillas, chicken tacos, chicken & broccoli alfredo, stuffed peppers w/chicken, enchiladas...the possibilities are endless.

    Also - it's an even bigger money saver if you cook your own whole chicken. Whole chickens are super cheap at the grocery...and they're really not that hard to make if you have a good meat thermometer. I generally prefer the rotisserie chickens because they're a time saver, but if budget is a big concern cooking your own may be the way to go!
  • Allusive-I'm definitely trying that, rotisserie chickens at our bulk store (BJ's) are super cheap, maybe I'll do this next week.

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