On-the-go cooks have lots of time-saving tricks that ease dinner preparation. A favorite way to cut kitchen time is to plan ahead and make extra at one meal to ensure you'll have leftovers. With these "planned overs" in the fridge, you already have a head start on another dish (or two) for meals later in the week.

Gingerbread Cake is a recipe that produces plenty so you're likely to have leftovers. We've also included two rapid recipes to use up the extras. Even folks who say they don't like leftovers will enjoy the satisfying second-day dishes featured here.

Gingerbread Recipes

In Selma, Alabama, Shannon Sides drizzles an easy orange sauce over homemade Gingerbread Cake for an old-fashioned holiday dessert. Cut just the number of squares needed, so you can use the extra cake to make two more change-of-pace gingerbread treats.

Cookie cutters work well to form these fun and festive Gingerbread Men from our Test Kitchen. Kids of all ages will enjoy spreading the cutouts with soft, sweet white chocolate frosting, then giving them character by decorating with colorful store-bought candies.

"This tasty Gingerbread Trifle was a hit when I served it to our Bible study group," reports Betty Kleberger of Florissant, Missouri. "It's a wonderful blend of flavors and a great ending to holiday meals." If you don't have leftover gingerbread, bake some from a boxed mix to assemble this trifle.

Gingerbread Back to Basics

Few things say the holidays like the heavenly aroma of fresh-baked gingerbread. For some people, Christmas wouldn't be the same without sampling a wedge of Grandma's famous gingerbread, frosting gingerbread cookies or decorating a gingerbread house.

Gingerbread's distinctive taste comes from a combination of spices and flavorings. Ground ginger steals the spotlight, with molasses coming in at a close second. Other spices, including ground cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, are also sometimes used.

If you're too busy to cut out and decorate gingerbread cookies, you can still enjoy that special gingerbread flavor. Simply stir a sprinkling of the spices into coffee, ice cream or pudding.

Or try one of the two change-of-pace recipes shared here by subscribers. With their tempting gingerbread taste, these sweet treats are sure to create heart-warming holiday memories.

Torte Photo"This old-fashioned Gingerbread Torte is excellent!" promises Ginger Hendricksen of Plover, Wisconsin. Lemon peel is a nice addition to the sweet cream cheese frosting.

"Fresh doughnuts for breakfast don't get easier than Ginger Doughnut Twists," says Tiffany Anderson-Taylor of Gulfport, Florida. "I make the glaze the night before and keep it in my refrigerator."