Get Creative With Holiday Leftovers
By Donna Stark
The one thing that this year has brought to everyone is some extra time at home. And if you ended up using that time to cook more often for your family, you may have realized how easy it is for food to go to waste. Getting creative in the kitchen with the leftovers from your meals isn't anything new -- families have been doing it for generations -- but with the impending abundance of holiday food ready to make its appearance, it may be good to have some ideas already planned.
Getting Creative With Holiday Leftovers
Holidays are definitely the time to indulge yourself with food, but when you have mountains of it sitting in the refrigerator and you aren't looking forward to eating the same thing over and over again, you need a backup plan. Take a look at the following suggestions for the upcoming holiday season when you find yourself staring at all those leftovers in the refrigerator.
- Sweeten your mornings - Why limit yourself to only blueberries on top of your oatmeal? Swirl some of that leftover cranberry sauce into your hot cereal for a delicious new take on breakfast. Or if you are a bagel lover, go ahead and mix some into your cream cheese. You may be surprised by how much you like it!
- Make an incredible soup - Soup is easily one of the best things to make from your leftovers. Add some chicken or vegetable broth to your mashed potatoes for a decadent creamy potato soup or toss the extra turkey, some rice, and the raw vegetables from the appetizer tray to make a comforting bowl of delicious goodness. Whether you enjoy your creation right away or you freeze some for later, you can't go wrong with soup!
- Spruce up your sandwiches - Grab that leftover baguette and turkey and get ready to be amazed at lunch the next day! Simply spread some pesto on the toasted bread, pile on the turkey, add some slices of fresh mozzarella, and top with arugula. You will be the envy of everyone sitting next to you!
Simple Uses for Leftover Food
The great thing about the holidays is that you can spend a couple of hours in the kitchen cooking for that one big meal and not have to cook again for several days later! Just be sure you have a plan on how the food will be used, and if you still have too much for yourself, consider donating meals to those in need!
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