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Lively Leftovers

"Soup-er" Beef and Noodles

When Melissa S. of Centreville, Michigan fixes beef and noodles for her four daughters and husband, she turns the leftovers into soup. “To the chopped-up beef and noodles, I add a large can of…

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“Soup-er” Au Gratin Potatoes

"When I have leftover au gratin potatoes, I combine them in a saucepan with sauteed chopped onions, carrots and celery," reports Margo Seegrist of Shelton, Washington. "I add milk and stir as the…

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“Souper” Sausage

"I cut leftover grilled bratwurst into bite-size pieces and simmered them with water, V8 juice, a can of great northern beans and some mixed vegetables," says Lucille Janz of West Bend, Wisconsin.…

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A Quick Frozen Dessert

Create a quick frozen dessert using leftover cookies, angel food cake, pound cake or brownies. Crumble them up in a pie pan and spoon vanilla ice cream on top. Spread on a thin layer of strawberry…

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Add Extra Fries to Soup

“When I have leftover French fries, I cut them into square pieces and add them to soups. You can’t tell or taste the difference from regular potatoes,” says Lorayne Pate of Flat Rock, North…

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Add Meat Loaf to Grilled Cheese

“I use extra slices of meat loaf in grilled cheese sandwiches,” reports Ruth F. of Crooksville, Ohio. “Just slip in a thin slice of meat loaf and grill the sandwich as usual. My guys don’t even…

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Almond Flavored Coffee

From San Diego, California, Sylvia Salazar offers an easy way to enhance the taste of coffee. “I add one drop of almond extract to my coffee cup,” she explains. “It’s delicious.”

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Bacon-Flavored Beans

I always save leftover bacon from breakfast to use in my next pot of pinto beans. The crumbled bacon adds wonderful flavor to my recipe, which starts with dried red pinto beans. I usually serve…

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Barbecued Pork

“When I have leftover pork roast, I cut it into bite-size pieces, place in a baking dish and cover with barbecue sauce,” says Sharie Vandermay of Blaine, Washington. “Once it’s heated in the oven,…

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Basic Brown Betty

Have some day-old white bread you’d like to use up? This apple brown betty is quick, easy and very good. Start by coating a baking dish with butter-flavored nonstick cooking spray. Dip slices of…

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Beef Brisket Sandwiches

One of our favorite sandwiches is created with leftover beef brisket. I layer the meat, sauteed onion and green pepper on a toasted sandwich roll and top with Swiss cheese. Then I pop it under the…

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Beef Stew Bounty

“When I fix beef stew, I usually make extra and reheat it another night with a pastry crust on top,” offers Amelia Law of Ardmore, Pennsylvania. “My family looks forward to the beef potpie almost…

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Beefed-Up Burgers

"When I have leftover grilled hamburgers, I place them in a casserole dish and cover them with a can of mushroom soup mixed with half the amount of water called for," writes Joan Veal of Clayton,…

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Best Banana Bread

"For moist and scrumptious banana bread, I stir in about a half cup of grated zucchini and a pinch of cinnamon," notes Kristine Brummer of Chehalis, Washington.

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Better Bran Muffins

"Sometimes bran muffins can taste a bit like cardboard. To give them extra flavor, I add 1/3 cup of coconut," Laurianne Rembisz suggests from Midlothian, Virginia.

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Better Butter Cookies

"I add a pinch of ground cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg to my sugar cookie batter," relates Michelle Suppes of Sanford, Michigan. "It spices up the butter flavor and adds flecks of color."

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Boiled Dinner Leftovers

Says Joanne R. of Lindley, New York, “I fix a boiled dinner of ham, cabbage, carrots, onions and celery. I save the broth along with bits of ham or vegetables to use the next day as a base for my…

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Brat Topping

“When I have extra bratwurst after a barbecue, I slice it up and sprinkle the pieces on top of a frozen pizza before baking,” says Larry Von Gunten of Jefferson City, Missouri. “It tastes great,…

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Bread Rerun

"Here’s a good use for sliced bread that’s no longer fresh," writes Helen Hiller of Shorewood, Wisconsin. "Cut it into cubes and fry it in butter or oil. Serve it as a side dish in place of…

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Breakfast Biscuits

Karen Grant of Tulare, California writes, “When you have leftover biscuits from dinner, enjoy them the next morning for breakfast with jam. First split them open, butter each half and broil.”

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Breakfast Bonus

“Leftover mashed potatoes make great potato pancakes for breakfast the next day,” says Christy Crummy of Deerfield, Michigan. “I blend the potatoes with one or two eggs, chopped onion, salt and…

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Breakfast Rice

Julie Gisch of Laurens, Iowa relates, “When I have leftover rice, I make this quick breakfast for my children. I add a little milk to each serving of rice and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.…

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Broccoli Bonus

"To make a delicious soup, I mix leftover broccoli and rice casserole in the blender with enough milk to get the desired consistency," writes Suzanne Burkart from Cheyenne, Wyoming. "I pour it in…

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Burrito Bounty

“I use leftovers from different dishes as filling for burritos. I’ve used leftover chili, chicken, beans, potatoes with eggs, and eggs with tomatoes and onion. I just place them in the middle of a…

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Cabbage and Potato Scramble

“Chop up leftover boiled cabbage and potatoes,” advises Mary S. of Griffin, Georgia. “Melt butter in a pan, add the cabbage and potatoes with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper and cook on medium heat,…

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Cheddar Saver

"I added some leftover shredded cheddar cheese to ground beef along with some minced onion and spices to make hamburger patties," reports Susan Lauderbaugh of Mechanicsville, Maryland. "The…

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Cheese Ball Recycler

"When I have part of a cheese ball left after a party, I break off small pieces, roll them into tiny balls and stuff them into mushroom caps," writes Kelly Haven from Swartz Creek, Michigan. "I…

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Cheesy Potato Treats

Anytime we have leftover mashed potatoes, I assemble some of these savory treats to enjoy later. I mix some grated Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley into the mashed potatoes, then form them…

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Cheesy Potatoes

“I saute onion, green pepper and garlic in a little butter and stir into leftover mashed potatoes. Then I sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese on top and bake in the oven until it’s heated through,”…

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Cheesy Spaghetti

“Instead of just reheating spaghetti, I layer it in a casserole dish with American cheese slices or cheddar cheese soup between the layers and top with more sliced cheese,” Karen Fields writes…

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Cherry Banana Bread

"For a real taste treat, I add a jar of maraschino cherries, juice and all, to my banana bread recipe," says Loni Milz of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.

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Cherry Syrup

When a recipe calls for canned cherry pie filling, I reserve a few tablespoons of the thickened syrup. It adds a nice touch to the top of a light cake or a bowl of vanilla ice cream.…

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Chicken and Potato Saver

"In a skillet, I put leftover cooked chicken and leftover cooked potatoes. I add an undiluted can of cream of mushroom soup and a small can of mushrooms, drained, and heat through," says Ida…

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Chicken Salad Bake

After a recent party, I had lots of leftover chicken salad. I mixed it with cream of chicken soup, chopped sweet red pepper and coarsely crushed Triscuit crackers. I put this mixture in a…

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Chicken Salad Supreme

"My chicken salad is anything but ordinary when I add a dash of curry powder, a handful of grapes and a small can of drained mandarin oranges," writes Susie Bennett of Bonham, Texas. "I serve a…

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Chicken Sandwich Supreme

“I slice up leftover roasted chicken and toss it with Italian salad dressing. Then I melt cheese on two pieces of bread and place the chicken slices in between. This Read More

Chicken Strips

Leftover chicken breasts can be cut into strips or cubes and frozen—ready for future use in casseroles, stir-fries or salads.

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Chicken-Noodle Casserole

I like to buy fried chicken from the deli at our grocery store, but I usually have lots leftover after dinner. So I cut the cold fried chicken off the bones while cooking 1-1/4 cups elbow macaroni…

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Chili 'n' Cheese Burritos

If you make your chili thick, I have a tasty leftover idea for you. Lightly coat a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon the leftover chili into tortillas, roll up and place seam side…

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Chili Burgers

“Pour reheated chili over cooked hamburger patties,” says Vi M. of Ft. Myers Beach, Florida. “Top with cheese and sour cream.”

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Chili Mac

“I stir leftover chili (or a can of chili) into prepared macaroni and cheese,” notes Ruth Wolin of El Cajon, California. “I heat it and serve with garlic toast and a salad.”

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Chili Macaroni Skillet

When I fix chili, I like to make a big batch. Then I dress up the leftovers for another easy meal. I combine about 3 cups chili, 1-1/2 cups cooked macaroni and about a cup of cooked sliced Polish…

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Chili Muffins

“Next time you bake a batch of corn muffins, don’t fill the muffin cups very full. Instead, put a heaping spoonful of leftover chili in the center of each one and bake,” suggests Judy Benevy of…

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Chili Potatoes

When Judy B. doesn’t have enough leftover chili for a second meal, she gets creative. “I bake each family member a big potato, which I split and put in a soup bowl,” relates this Goshen, Indiana…

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Chili Saver

Relates Gerry Kellar of Nixa, Missouri, "If I have some leftover chili, I freeze small portions in muffin cups. Later, I can have an easy chili dog by heating a portion and serving it over a…

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Cinnamon Brunch Buddies

Extra crescent rolls can be a great addition to breakfast or brunch. Lightly spritz with butter-flavored spray or nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle each with sugar and cinnamon and microwave for 15…

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Clean-the-Fridge Salads

When my husband and I want to use up extra ingredients or leftovers from different dinners, we toss them into a salad for a quick and satisfying meal. Keeping a head of lettuce on hand ensures we…

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Coffee Cake Trifle

I’ve found there are often leftovers when you’re baking for just one person. A delicious way to use up leftover coffee cake is to cube it and add to a trifle. —Louy Castonguay, West…

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Corned Beef Cover-Up

When I cook a corned beef and cabbage dinner, I save the broth. The next day, I chop up the leftover beef, carrots, cabbage and potatoes and simmer them in the broth with any other leftover…

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Creamy Instant Cocoa

“I like to give instant cocoa mix a little boost,” shares Melissa Wallace of Casey, Illinois, “so I stir a small amount of flavored coffee creamer into each serving. It really creates a rich…

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Creative Cookies

Writes Eileen Stack of Riverside, California, "People think my chocolate chip cookies are special. That's because I add 2 tablespoons of brewed coffee to the dough."

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Crouton Meat Loaf

"When seasoned salad croutons have lost their crispness, I save them until I have a small bag full," says Lynda Purvis of Eagle River, Alaska. "Then I mix them with ground beef for a delicious…

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Crunchy Bagel Snacks

I have a super way to use up bagels. I slice them very thin, layer in a baking pan, spritz with nonstick cooking spray and sprinkle with different seasonings. For instance, I’ll use garlic powder…

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Crunchy Oatmeal Cookies

For a speedy surprise, add 1/2 cup of broken sugar-frosted cornflakes to your dough when making oatmeal cookies. It adds an unexpected crunch. —Sharon Wrigley, Rio Linda, California

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Curry Chicken Casserole

“I turn leftover roasted chicken and brown rice into an easy casserole for lunch the next day,” writes Leslie Dubois of Lewiston, Maine. “I cut up the remaining chicken and add it to the rice,…

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Cute Cookies

Lori Cypher of Farmington, Arkansas, writes, “My three girls and I like to turn leftover pastry into yummy cookies. We roll out the pastry into a rectangle, spread with butter and sprinkle with…

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Deep-Sea Salad

Our grandson does lots of deep-sea fishing and keeps us stocked with fish. After baking whitefish, we usually have some leftovers. I process it for a few seconds in a food processor, add some…

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Easy Garlic Bread

To use up leftover hot dog or hamburger buns, spread cut sides with butter or margarine, then sprinkle with seasoned salt and Parmesan cheese. Broil until they’re browned and the cheese is melted.…

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Easy Omelet Addition

Last night’s chili makes a great topping for today’s omelet. In what I call a Texas omelet, I serve a three-egg omelet with some chopped lettuce. I top it off with the reheated chili, shredded…

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Easy Pasta Salad

Reheat leftover cooked spaghetti in the microwave, then toss with oil or butter, garlic salt, pepper, chopped parsley, chopped tomato and shredded cheddar cheese. Serve warm or at room temperature…

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Easy Potato Pancakes

Mix 1 cup leftover mashed potatoes with 2 eggs (mixture will be mushy). Add bread crumbs (I use Italian-flavored) until consistency is such that you can shape into cakes. Cook over medium heat in…

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Easy Stuffed Pepper Filling

“I always make stuffed peppers with leftover pot roast or meat loaf,” reveals Kay B. of Pleasant Valley, New York. “I grind up the meat with a bit of onion, then add some ketchup. We love it!”

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Easy Stuffed Shells

To use up leftover meatballs in spaghetti sauce, I recently cooked enough jumbo pasta shells to match the number of meatballs. Then I stuffed a meatball into each cooked shell. I put some of the…

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Everything Tomato Soup

Try adding almost any leftovers to a can of tomato soup. I’ve done this with macaroni and cheese, Spanish rice, pork and beans and leftover vegetables. It’s a great way to clean out your…

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Exotic Spaghetti

Whether I make homemade spaghetti sauce or use the store-bought kind, I like to add about a teaspoon of curry powder along with the more traditional seasonings. —Lorraine H., Coventry,…

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Eye-Appealing Appetizers

For a quick and pretty party snack or a light lunch, place several slices of day-old French bread on a baking sheet. Top each slice with chopped tomato, Italian seasoning and shredded mozzarella…

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Family-Pleasing Potpie

Here’s a flavorful way to finish up leftover roast. Heat a can of condensed cream of mushroom soup along with 5-1/2 ounces of cooking liquid from the roast (or canned beef broth). Add 2 cups of…

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Fast Fried Rice for Leftovers

When I have extra rice and leftover meat, such as pork chops, steak or roast, I fix a fast fried rice. Just cook an onion in butter, then add the rice and chopped meat. Season with garlic powder,…

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Fast Southwestern Meal

“For a fast meal, saute 1/4 cup each chopped onion and green pepper,” instructs Jennifer B. of Fishs Eddy, New York. “Stir in 1 cup of chopped leftover chicken, steak or pork and 1/2 cup salsa.…

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Flavored Hot Cocoa

Sara Nelson reports that although hot cocoa is never considered ho-hum at her house, she’s found a way to perk it up even further. “Adding a bit of mint, cherry, strawberry, orange or coconut…

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Flavorful Broth

Instead of discarding wing tips when cutting whole chicken wings into pieces, I use them to add flavor to broth and gravy. —Margaret McCully, St. John, New Brunswick

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Freeze Leftover Frosting

If I have a small amount of frosting left after icing a cake, I put it into a pastry bag and freeze it. The next time I need a little contrasting color of icing to pipe a message or decoration,…

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Fried Pork Slices

After serving pork tenderloin, I always have extra. So I cut the cooked meat into 1/4-inch-thick slices and dip them in our favorite barbecue sauce. Next, I dredge them in a mixture of equal parts…

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Fun Way to Serve Chili

Years ago, I found a different way to serve chili. I put a dollop of mashed potatoes in the soup bowls, then put chili on top sprinkled with cheddar cheese. Now my family won’t eat chili any other…

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Garden-Fresh Zucchini

From North Ridge, California, Winnie Smith has a simple way to jazz up garden-fresh zucchini. “I like to cook sliced zucchini in vegetable juice with a little dry onion soup mix,” she comments.…

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Garlic Potatoes

Writes Michelle K. of Oak Harbor, Washington, “When I have leftover baked potatoes, I peel and dice them, then saute in butter with minced garlic and garlic pepper seasoning. These flavorful hash…

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Great Biscuits and Gravy

"I make biscuits with sausage gravy for breakfast when our grandchildren stay over," says Karen Harris of Terre Haute, Indiana. "To the gravy, I add a can of undiluted cream of mushroom soup for…

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Great Idea for Leftover Bananas

Advises Alberta P. of Lexington, Missouri, “If you have a couple extra bananas that are getting too ripe, mash and stir them, along with a few chopped pecans, into a boxed banana cake mix. Spread…

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Great Use for Leftover Roast Beef

Suggests June W. of Brewster, Nebraska, “Cut up pieces of leftover roast beef and boiled potatoes and simmer them together in a small amount of water. Add half-and-half cream and thicken the…

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Great Uses for Leftover Rice

Sometimes on a weekend, I make a good-sized pot of rice. Having the cooked rice in the refrigerator is quite a time-saver during the week. I can quickly make fried rice, Spanish rice, rice pudding…

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Grilled Chicken Dinner

When boneless chicken breasts are on sale, I buy several pounds, flatten them slightly, brush them with olive oil and balsamic vinegar and grill them. I store leftovers in the freezer for later…

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Grilled Meat Makeover

"I always seem to have leftovers when I fix ham steaks or chicken on the grill," says Dale Zachary of Indianapolis, Indiana. "I run the leftovers through the meat grinder, add pickle relish,…

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Ham Helper

"To 2 cups of diced leftover ham and an equal amount of cooked noodles in a casserole dish, I pour in two to three beaten eggs," says Amalka Kunasek of Abington, Maryland. "I bake this hearty…

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Ham on Hand

“When I cook a ham, I cut up the leftovers and freeze in separate bags. I add the meat whenever I cook dried beans, cabbage, green beans or jambalaya,” says Shelia Stein of Columbia,…

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Ham Salad

Here’s an easy way to use up ham. Just finely chop the meat and add mayonnaise, pickle relish, onion if you’d like, and salt and pepper to taste. This ham salad is good in sandwiches or spread on…

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Ham-It-Up Turnovers

Turn leftover ham into tasty turnovers by using refrigerated crescent roll dough. Mix finely chopped ham with shredded cheddar cheese, some diced red or green pepper, chopped onion, a little…

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Handy Ham Spread

Cut leftover ham into chunks; grind in a food processor along with an onion and a few celery ribs. Add yellow mustard, mayonnaise and sweet pepper relish. Serve on bread, crackers or a lettuce…

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Hash It Out

“My mother used to make hash by dicing leftover potatoes and beef roast, frying them in a skillet with butter and onions, then adding green peas,” relates Carol Elder from Grand Rapids, Michigan.…

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Hassle-Free Hash

The recipe for this hearty roast beef hash has been passed down in my family for four generations. We cut leftover beef into cubes and combine them with sliced red potatoes and chopped onion in a…

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Have a Huge Tomato Supply?

To quickly use a huge supply of garden tomatoes, I wash and core them, then puree in the blender with lemon juice, onion and celery to taste. This makes a great vegetable juice. I simmer several…

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Hawaiian Ham Stir-Fry

My husband used to get tired of ham after one meal. Once he tried this stir-fry, however, he looked forward to the leftovers. I cube the ham and brown it in a little oil. I drain a can of…

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Hearty Ham Bake

After we enjoy a ham dinner, I use up the extras in a casserole. I combine leftover vegetables with a can of mixed vegetables. Next, I stir together any leftover gravy with canned cream of chicken…

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Hearty Loaves

People always marvel at the different ways I use oats and oatmeal. One of my favorite things to do with leftover cooked oatmeal is to add it to bread dough as part of the liquid the bread recipe…

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Hearty Pancakes

Add leftover cooked wild rice to pancake batter. These hearty breakfast cakes, topped with butter and syrup, are a hit with my grandchildren. —Carroll W., Foxboro, Wisconsin

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Heavenly Cookies

I turn leftover plain angel food cake into light cookies. I cut the cake into 1/2-inch slices, then cut out shapes with a cookie cutter. I toast these “cookies” in the oven for a few minutes, then…

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Heavenly Hash

“When making hash from leftover roast and potatoes, I sprinkle on a teaspoon or two of vinegar 5 minutes before the end of cooking,” remarks June W. of Leesburg, Florida. “It sparks the…

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Hot Dog Helper

"My two boys love this fast and easy meal," relates Heidi Phillips of Gardnerville, Nevada. "I slice cooked hot dogs lengthwise, cover with leftover warmed mashed potatoes, sprinkle with shredded…

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Hot Dog Topper

Reheated chili makes a tasty hot dog topper or a dip for corn chips.

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Hurry-Up Hoppin' John

I like to use extra rice to make instant Hopping John. I simply mix it with canned black-eyed peas (the kind seasoned with bacon). Then I heat it through and serve it with chopped onion and salsa…

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Instant Italian Bake

“I layer extra homemade spaghetti sauce with frozen cheese ravioli, then top it all with cheese and bake it,” says Laura Barnes of O’Fallon, Illinois. “I put some sauce in the baking dish first to…

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Instant Potato Flakes

June Alexander of Urbana, Ohio always keeps a box of instant potato flakes on hand. “They’re perfect for sprinkling into potato soup, chili and stew to thicken the mixture without altering the…

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Instant Rice Pudding

“When I have leftover cooked rice, I add some to a cup of plain or vanilla yogurt and stir in a few raisins for breakfast,” says Lois Hall of Bremerton, Washington.

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Italian Accent

"The best way to disguise leftover meats and vegetables is to saute them in garlic and olive oil, pour them over hot pasta and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese," says Gayle Seidelman of Sorrento,…

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Kitchen Sink Soup

Keep a large resealable plastic container in your freezer to store leftovers. After meals, add leftover meat, potatoes, vegetables, rice, noodles, gravies and sauces—almost anything except…

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Leftover Bacon

As long as you are cooking bacon for breakfast, you might as well cook the entire package at the same time. Leftover bacon can be used in many different ways, including in salad and as garish for…

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Leftover Beef Stew

Instructs Phyllis A. of Waterbury, Connecticut, “Add beef broth to leftover beef stew and puree in a blender to make a thick soup.”

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Leftover Buttermilk

If you have buttermilk left over from a recipe, it’s safe to freeze it, but be sure to use it within 3 months for best flavor. An alternative is to buy a handy powdered mix called Saco Cultured…

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Leftover Chopped Green Onions

If you washed, dried and chopped more green onions than you need in your recipe, store the leftovers in a covered clean glass jar in the refrigerator. They’ll last a couple of weeks this way. Just…

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Leftover Garlic Bread

Leftover garlic bread is perfect for open-faced sandwiches: layer with mango chutney, thinly sliced Havarti cheese and cooked steak. Top each one wit a fried egg and say, "Yum!"

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Leftover Ham Helper

"We always have ham for the holidays," shares Peg Schaefer of Newark, Delaware. "I cube the leftovers and store them in the freezer. They are a convenient addition to macaroni and cheese,…

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Leftover Lasagna Noodles?

Whenever I’ve cooked more lasagna noodles than needed, I cut the leftovers into 1/4- or 1/2-inch strips and put them in a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag. They freeze well and make quick hearty…

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Leftover Makeover

I had about 3 ounces of prime rib and half of a baked potato left over from a restaurant dinner. So I sauteed an onion in butter and added the chopped meat and potato. I then mixed in about a cup…

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Leftover Meat Loaf Tastes Better

For a satisfying meat loaf that is just as good the next day for sandwiches, Phyllis C. of Pekin, Illinois adds low-fat plain yogurt and cottage cheese to her meat mixture. “This is one of the…

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Leftover Melted Chocolate

When I have leftover melted chocolate from making candies or desserts, I pour it into a small nonstick cake pan, smooth it into an even layer and refrigerate until hardened. Then I “pop” it out…

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Leftover Mint Candies

I crush leftover peppermint candies or candy canes and add them to chocolate chip cookie dough to create minty chocolate chip treats my boys love. Sometimes I grind the candy in the food processor…

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Leftover Pineapple Juice

When we have juice left over from a can of pineapple, I use it to make an easy marinade for chicken breasts. I use leftover pineapple juice and fruit to make an easy marinade for chicken breasts.…

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Leftover Pork-and-Bean Sandwich

I use leftover pork and beans to make quick open-face sandwiches my family loves. I put the bean mixture on hamburger bun halves, top each with a slice of American cheese and broil until the…

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Leftover Potato Dumplings

Leftover potato dumplings are always a treat the next day. My favorite way to reheat them is to panfry them in a bit of oil. —Jody Hanneman, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

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Leftover Potato Pancakes

“I add a grated raw potato to leftover mashed potatoes, mix with an egg and seasonings, then shape into patties and fry,” pens Helen Hiller of Shorewood, Wisconsin. “Delicious!”

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Leftover Rice Becomes Dessert

“For a refreshing salad or dessert, I mix leftover rice with sliced bananas and undrained crushed pineapple,” reports field editor Sharon E. of Rockwell, Iowa.

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Leftover Roast Beef

"I mix 2/3 cup chopped leftover roast beef with 1 cup leftover mashed potatoes, some chopped onion and a dash of pepper," notes Jane Harber of Decatur, Georgia. "I shape the mixture into patties,…

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Leftover Scalloped Potatoes

When I have leftover scalloped potatoes, I add them to corn chowder. The soup that results is flavorful and filling. —Jean J., Chula Vista, California

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Leftover Speedy Salad

“I turn leftover tuna casserole into macaroni salad in a jiffy,” Linda Teets of Kalispell, Montana writes. “To the chilled casserole, I add peas, celery, onion, salt, pepper and enough mayonnaise…

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Leftover Super Soup

“Add leftover gravy from your Thanksgiving turkey drippings to the next day’s turkey soup,” suggests Weda Mosellie of Phillipsburg, New Jersey. “It gives the soup great flavor.”

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Leftovers for Quesadillas

I use up leftover chicken or brisket to make quesadillas. I butter one side of two tortillas and place one in a skillet butter side down. Then I layer it with canned refried beans, the leftover…

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Leftovers Make a Great Meal

“For a tasty main dish, combine undiluted cream of mushroom soup with leftover beef gravy and chopped leftover roast beef; spoon it into a greased baking dish,” says Edith J. of Washington Depot,…

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Leftovers Make Great Potpies

“After a roast pork, chicken or beef dinner, I make a potpie,” explains Tammy S. of Utica, New York. “In a prepared pie crust, layer leftover mashed potatoes, chopped meat and vegetables, then…

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Leftovers Make Great Soup

From Fort Smith, Arkansas, Terry K. writes, “Add leftover macaroni and cheese to tomato soup. It’s a tasty new lunch.”

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Leftovers Turn into Dessert

Says Barbara S. of Hartford City, Indiana, “I cut leftover quick bread into strips, dip them into thinned frosting and then roll them in nuts or coconut. Yum!”

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Liven Up Leftover Meatloaf

In a frying pan, saute one large sliced onion. Add an 8-ounce can of tomato sauce, along with leftover meat loaf cut into bite-size pieces, plus a can of peas (drained). Heat through.…

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Lovely Meat Loaf

“I never liked meat loaf until I tried my neighbor’s version, made with crisp rice cereal and a small amount of brown sugar. My family loves it,” reports Susan Marie Healey of Kennesaw,…

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Lunch Box Sandwiches

“For savory sandwiches that go into lunch boxes, sprinkle the filling with dried minced onion. The onion soaks up some moisture so it’s just right by lunchtime,” assures Gusty Crum of Dover,…

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Luscious Latkes

"When I was making potato latkes for Hanukkah, I added a bit of orange juice to my shredded potatoes to keep them from turning brown," recalls Anna Victoria Reich of Albuquerque, New Mexico. "I…

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Macaroni Salad Rerun

"To leftover macaroni salad, I stir in a can of white albacore tuna and frozen peas, then serve it for lunch," notes Florence Burns of Chimacum, Washington. "My husband doesn't care for…

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Making Mashed Potato Patties

Suggests Rosemary B. of Carlsbad, California, “Add a beaten egg and 1 tablespoon of flour to 2 cups of leftover mashed potatoes. Shape into thin patties and place half in a skillet over melted…

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Mashed Potato Makeover

“Simmer chopped onions and celery in butter until tender,” instructs Doris B. of Hinsdale, Illinois. “Stir in leftover mashed potatoes and enough milk to make a broth. Heat the mixture, then top…

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Mashed Potato Mix-Up

“My favorite way to use up leftover mashed potatoes is to mix them with an egg, chopped green onion and Parmesan cheese,” conveys Angela B. of Guelph, Ontario. “I put it in a casserole dish,…

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Mashed Potato Patties

“I add seasoned bread crumbs to leftover mashed potatoes, form them into patties, roll in additional crumbs and brown on both sides,” says Angelina R. of Akron, Ohio

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Mashed Potato Pepper-Upper

Says Nancy S., Middleport, New York, “My husband’s grandma turned leftover mashed potatoes into salad. She stirred in onion, celery, green pepper, hard-cooked eggs and mayonnaise.”

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Mashed Potatoes Make A Great Thickener

Whenever I have some leftover mashed potatoes, I freeze small portions in freezer containers or resealable plastic bags. Later, I use them in place of flour to thicken soups and stews. —Violet B.,…

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Meat Loaf Magic

Suggests Joanne Haines of Stratham, New Hampshire, "Saute slices of leftover meat loaf in butter, turning once. Add some tomato sauce or leftover spaghetti sauce and heat through. Sprinkle with…

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Meat Loaf Makeover

"I combine leftover meat loaf, cut into cubes, with tender cubes of boiled potatoes and fry in oil until browned," says Bonnie Behrens of Taylor Mill, Kentucky. "I serve this dish with ketchup and…

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Meat Loaf Meal

When throwing together a meat loaf meal, remember this time-saving treatment from Rachel Gorski of Naples, Florida. “Add 3/4 cup of uncooked oats and an envelope of Italian salad dressing mix to 1…

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Meat Loaf Miracle

“Dip leftover slices of meat loaf into beaten egg, then coat with bread crumbs,” suggests Joan B. of Lisbon, Connecticut. “Fry in butter on both sides until hot and golden. They taste like beef…

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Meat Loaf Pizza

Instructs Kim F. of Tallahassee, Florida, “Top a pizza crust with crumbled meat loaf and shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheeses. Bake until crust is crisp and cheese is melted. The kids love…

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Meat Loaf Tacos

“The last time I made meat loaf, I added the leftovers to soft tortilla shells along with shredded cheddar cheese. I microwaved them until the cheese melted and added lettuce and sour cream. They…

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Meat Makeover

Even a small amount of leftover cooked meat like pork or lamb can help make a super sandwich spread. Grind the meat with a bit of onion, celery, salt and pepper, then mix it with mayonnaise.

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Meat Miracle

"When I have a variety of leftover meats, such as beef, turkey, Italian sausage, etc., I cut them into small pieces and combine them in a stew pot," explains Charlene Wilson of Williamsburg, Ohio.…

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Meatball Sandwiches

I’m Italian and love to make meatballs, so I usually have a lot left over. To use them up, I fry bell pepper strips until crisp-tender, then add the sliced meatballs to the pan. This makes a…

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Meaty Grilled Cheese

“I place a slice of leftover meat loaf between two cheese slices and two slices of bread. Then I coat both sides of the sandwich with butter spray and fry in a pan until golden brown,” writes…

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Mighty Meaty Meal

I keep leftover cooked beef, chicken and pork in a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag in the freezer. When the bag is full, I thaw and dice the meat. I add it to sliced onions and mushrooms that…

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Mock Macaroons

"When I have some day-old bread, I make Cinderella Crisps,” relates Carol Harper of Galveston, Texas. “I trim off the crusts from the bread and cut each slice into four strips. Using two forks, I…

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Mushroom Soup

“I prepared a can of mushroom soup one day, but something was missing…the mushrooms!” recalls Nancy Fulton, Millerstown, Pennsylvania. “I dumped a can of boiled-in-butter mushrooms into the…

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New Idea for Leftover Pasta

Joan H. of Glen Ullin, North Dakota suggests, “Stir-fry leftover spaghetti noodles until golden, then add uncooked scrambled eggs. Cook until the eggs are firm.”

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New Spin on Leftover Meat Loaf

“Meat loaf seems like a different main dish when I dip slices into a mixture of beaten egg and milk, coat them with Italian bread crumbs, then fry them in butter,” says Sarah O., St. Petersburg,…

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New Use for Canned Spaghetti Sauce

Relates Ruthe P. of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, “While making my vegetable soup one day, I accidentally opened a can of spaghetti sauce instead of tomatoes. I added it anyway, and the soup was…

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New Use for Leftover Spaghetti

“I cut leftover cooked spaghetti noodles into small pieces, then mix with mayonnaise, pickle juice, dill weed and whatever other potato salad ingredients I have on hand,” explains Dorothy S. of…

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Nifty Nachos

“We make yummy nachos with sloppy joe leftovers,” Judy DeMeyers relates from North Muskegon, Michigan. “I simply spread tortilla chips on a plate and top with spoonfuls of the meat mixture, salsa…

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Oatmeal Pudding

Do you have a lot of cooked oatmeal left over after breakfast? Follow your favorite recipe for bread pudding, but use the oatmeal instead of bread. Serve it warm from the oven with sweet cream.…

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Other Ways to Enjoy Cranberry Sauce

Here are some different ways to use up any cranberry sauce left over from your Thanksgiving meal.

Stir a few tablespoons into hot, cooked oatmeal.

Melt cranberry sauce in a saucepan. Serve…

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Party Mix Makeover

“I use leftover savory party mix (made with cereal, pretzels, bagel chips, etc.) in salads in place of croutons,” reports Bill W. of McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania.

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Pasta Pleaser

"Since reheated macaroni and cheese isn't very appealing, I add boiled eggs, tuna, onion, celery, pickle relish, mayonnaise and a touch of mustard for a yummy cold pasta salad," says Maureen…

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Pasta Plus

“For a tasty macaroni dish, I add ground beef, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder and frozen or canned corn to leftover macaroni and cheese. I sprinkle cheddar cheese on top and bake,” informs…

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Pastry Pudding

“I combine cubes of leftover doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, honey buns, etc. to make bread pudding. Just mix in some milk and eggs, plus sugar, cinnamon or nutmeg to taste, then bake as you would any…

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PB and Banana

Field editor Elaine Anderson of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania notes: “Extra hot dog buns don’t go to waste at our house. I spread peanut butter on each bun and wrap it around a cut-up or whole banana.…

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Perfect Pecan Pie

"My pecan pie has just the right amount of sweetness," writes Fern Stewart-Raisch from Mesa, Arizona. "I add three drops or so of lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla to my pecan pie filling. It’s…

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Perky Green Beans

Ida Roberts of Fairfax, Oklahoma shares this tip. “I add a tablespoon of dry onion soup mix to a can of green beans to perk them up. This works with fresh green beans, too,” she adds.

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Pizza Potpourri

“I’ve found that pizza is a great way to use up leftovers,” jots Karen Munter of Schaumburg, Illinois. “Recently, I topped a ready-made frozen pizza crust with leftover spaghetti sauce, leftover…

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Pizza with Pizzazz

"To make a delicious herbed pizza crust, I add 1 teaspoon basil and 1 teaspoon oregano to a boxed pizza crust mix," notes Michelle Durfee of Gregory, Michigan. "It's an excellent way to give a…

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Pleasing Apple Pie

"Whenever I make an apple pie, instead of using all white sugar, I use three parts white to one part brown sugar and add pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon and nutmeg," notes Lisa Fenn from…

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Pork Chop Cover-Up

"One evening, I cut up leftover barbecued pork chops and added them to a vegetable stir-fry I was fixing for dinner," recalls Karen Bullard from Casper, Wyoming. "The meat added a hearty zip to…

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Pork Roast Reruns

Whenever I serve pork roast and rice, I make a little extra because my family looks forward to fried rice the next day. In a skillet, heat some vegetable oil and fry your leftover diced pork. Stir…

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Pot Roast Burritos

“I turn my leftover pot roast and vegetables into tasty burritos,” relates Dana M. of Dayton, Nevada. “I shred the meat, cut up the potatoes, carrots, etc. and mix them all in a pot with a little…

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Potato Doughnuts

I use leftover mashed potatoes in place of instant mashed potato flakes when making my favorite potato doughnuts. —Laura Hatch, North Las Vegas, Nevada

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Potato Patties

“I add a can of drained tuna, a whole egg and chopped onion to leftover mashed potatoes, form patties and fry,” notes Carole Gallant of Council, Idaho. “It makes a fast meal.”

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Presto Pasta Salad

We always seem to have extra pasta from Italian meals. So I make a tasty salad with the leftovers the next day. To 1 cup of cooked pasta, I add a chopped tomato, a can of tuna, 2 tablespoons of…

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Pudding Corn Bread

“When I make corn bread from a box, I add a package of vanilla pudding mix to the batter,” shares Cincinnati, Ohio’s John Michael. “The end result always tastes great.”

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Pumpkin Saver

"Leftover pureed pumpkin adds great flavor and nutrition to a batch of chili," notes Jean Liedl of Deephaven, Minnesota.

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Quick Bread Breakfast

When I bake quick breads, such as banana or zucchini bread, I like to make more than one loaf at a time. But my family never seems to finish an entire loaf before it gets stale. Since my toddler…

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Quick Chicken Turnovers

Dice leftover chicken and mixed vegetables and toss with a well-seasoned white sauce. Enclose mounds of the mixture in refrigerated crescent roll dough and bake to make delicious turnovers.…

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Quick Cracker Cookies

“After frosting a cake, I use the extra icing to make saltine or graham cracker cookies,” writes Sandra Miller of Lexington, Kentucky. “Sometimes I frost the crackers and sprinkle with nuts,…

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Quick Fix for Leftover Pasta

“If we have leftover cooked pasta, I fry diced bacon, then add the pasta, stewed tomatoes, green onions and a mixture of shredded cheeses,” reports Rita H. of Calgary, Alberta. It’s delicious!”

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Quick Pie Crust

“I make quite a few pies,” says Paddy Schwemlein of Mendota, Illinois. “When I have dough left over that’s not enough to make another crust, I form it into a piece that will fit my food processor…

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Quick Toast Cups

When I want to use the remainder of a loaf of bread before it gets stale, I make toast cups. I melt butter and brush it inside miniature muffin cups. I use a biscuit cutter to cut bread slices…

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Ramen Noodle Rice

If you ever use ramen noodles for recipes, you probably have one or two of those extra seasoning packets leftover. To use one up, I make this simple rice dish. I heat 1 tablespoon of oil or butter…

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Ramen Stir-Fry

“Next time you make a stir-fry, use pan-fried ramen noodles instead of rice,” recommends Kathy Kurtz of Glendora, California. “Boil two to three packages of noodles for 3 minutes; drain and stir…

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Rapid Refried Beans

That pot of baked beans left over from last night’s get-together can make a great change-of-pace side dish today. I use my potato masher to mash the beans and then I fry them in bacon drippings.…

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Raspberry Juice Drink

When a recipe calls for frozen raspberries to be drained, I always save the juice. It makes a wonderfully refreshing drink when mixed with a quart of orange juice! —Lillian Kayte,…

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Rice Lunch Rerun

"My grandmother warmed up leftover rice and served a cheese sauce ladled over the top for an easy and satisfying lunch," recalls Kathy Tanaka of Torrance, California.

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Rice Renewal

"In a skillet, I brown some bulk sausage before stirring in leftover cooked rice. Then I scramble a few eggs into the mixture," notes Kay Myers of Lawton, Oklahoma. "I stir in chopped green onion,…

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Rice Rerun

"My children love rice cakes for breakfast topped with butter and brown sugar," shares Esther Craft of Fairbanks, Alaska. "To make them, I combine leftover rice and eggs. I fry scoops of the…

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Rice to the Rescue

When I have extra seasoned rice, I like to use it in meatballs. I combine the rice with ground beef and an egg before forming the mixture into balls. They bake up quickly in the oven or microwave…

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Rinsing Leftover Pasta

Rinse leftover noodles or macaroni with cold water before putting them in the refrigerator. They won’t stick together, and the next time you use them, they’ll mix easily with other ingredients.…

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Roast Beef for Breakfast

For an easy and hearty breakfast, grind up leftover roast beef, stew meat, etc. in your food processor. Add to scrambled eggs along with cubed leftover potatoes.

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Roast Beef Makeover

"I saute thin slices of leftover roast beef in butter with minced garlic until lightly browned," says Pat Durrie of Omaha, Nebraska. "I add a can of tomato sauce, a dash or two of Worcestershire…

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Roast Beef Redo

“When I have leftover roast beef, I slice the beef in narrow strips and add onions, sweet peppers and Italian salad dressing. I toss it all together and refrigerate to allow the flavors to blend.…

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Roast Beef Revival

“In a skillet, I heat hickory-smoke barbecue sauce with a little water and brown sugar, then add thin slices of leftover roast beef. Once it’s thoroughly heated, I serve it on buns. My husband…

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Roast Re-Do

“I put leftover beef or pork roast in the food processor and use the meat to make barbecue sandwiches. I simply add barbecue sauce and a few drops of Worcestershire sauce,” remarks Pauline M. of…

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Safely Storing Thanksgiving Leftovers

Follow these guidelines to ensure that the leftovers you keep will be safe to eat.

"When in doubt, throw it out" is a good rule of thumb, whether you're questioning the safety of food you're…

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Salmon Surprise

"Whether I'm making clam chowder from scratch or from a can, I always add a can of salmon to the pot," writes Weda Mosellie of Phillipsburg, New Jersey. "The flavor's fantastic!"

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Saucy Sauces

"I put in a pinch of cayenne pepper when I am making gravies, sauces and creamed dishes. It adds a little zip to the taste, but the flavor is not so strong that you can actually identify it," says…

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Sausage Saver

Reveals Wendy S. of Vernal, Utah, “When I have leftover sausage and vegetables, I stir them into prepared macaroni and cheese for a quick and tasty meal.”

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Savory Shells

“I keep a supply of jumbo pasta shells on hand at all times,” Alison Sendecki writes from Garland, Texas. “When I have leftover sloppy joe meat, I spoon it into the shells and heat. Before…

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Scalloped Potato Soup

On a cold winter day, my family and I love this heartwarming soup made with leftover scalloped potatoes. I place the potatoes in a saucepan and add milk, chicken bouillon and grated carrots. I…

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Seasoned Chicken Salad

“Any kind of leftover seasoned chicken can be used to make chicken salad,” notes Sister Mary Victoria Koenig of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. “Just add a little onion and mayonnaise or salad dressing plus…

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Second-Day Salmon

When we’re hungry for salmon, we usually buy more fresh fillets than we can eat for dinner. We grill all of it, so we’re sure to have leftovers to make salmon cakes the next day. The marinade and…

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Second-Day Sauce

"Too much spaghetti sauce? It's not a problem," assures Carole Darnell of Houston, Texas. "I always make extra, then the next day, I add cumin and a couple of chili peppers for an instant…

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Sensational Tuna Salad

"Try adding a little prepared horseradish to the mayonnaise when you're fixing a batch of tuna or chicken salad," advises Jane Lueneburg of Tomahawk, Wisconsin. "It adds a spark of interest."

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Simple Salad Idea

“For a brand-new salad for supper, I blend leftover fruit-flavored gelatin with cottage cheese and a bit of whipped topping,” reports Kristi A. of Lewistown, Montana.

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Simple Sandwiches

When we have veal, chicken or eggplant Parmesan for dinner, I use the leftovers to make lunch the next day. I simply warm the breaded veal, chicken or eggplant slices along with some of the extra…

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Simple Soup

“We love pot roast, but with only three people, we can’t eat it all in one meal. So I use the extra beef to make Beef Barley Soup,” writes Catherine Graham of Lawrenceville, Georgia. “I shred the…

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Single Serving Leftovers

I came up with a handy solution for storing leftovers. I line each cup in a muffin tin with plastic wrap, place leftovers in each cup and freeze the whole pan. The next day, I remove the…

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Single-Serving Supper

Here’s a quick way to use up extra baked potatoes and empty the fridge at the same time. For each serving, warm a baked potato in the microwave, cut it in half and arrange both halves on a plate.…

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Skillet Rice Cakes

When I have extra rice, I use it to make breakfast the next day. I mix the rice with a beaten egg or two, then drop spoonfuls into hot butter in a skillet. I cook both sides until they are lightly…

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Skillet Supper

As Geraldine M. jots from Cohasset, Minnesota, “I had a package of frozen Oriental vegetables I wanted to use up. I put them in a skillet, added a couple of leftover cooked chicken breasts that I…

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Sloppy Joe Casserole

When I have leftover sloppy joe mixture, I stir it into cooked egg noodles, put it in a baking dish and sprinkle it with shredded cheddar cheese. After baking it, I serve this tasty casserole with…

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Sloppy Joe Saver

From Austin, Minnesota, Carol E. writes, “Spread leftover sloppy joe meat in a casserole dish. Place sliced process cheese over the meat and top the cheese with homemade or refrigerator biscuits.…

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Sloppy Joe Spaghetti

“Have extra sloppy joe mix? Add it to spaghetti sauce to make it spicier, and serve over pasta,” suggests Mary W. of Detroit, Michigan.

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Sloppy Joe Stretcher

Suggests Jim Boyce of Portage, Michigan, "Next time you have leftover sloppy joe meat, make an omelet. Spread some reheated meat inside, sprinkle with cheddar cheese, fold and enjoy."

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Spaghetti Noodle Dessert

In her Franklin, Kentucky kitchen, Amy A. stir-fries leftover spaghetti noodles in butter until lightly browned and crispy. “I serve them sprinkled with sugar for a dessert my family loves,” she…

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Spaghetti Saver

“For a quick and tasty lasagna, I layer leftover spaghetti sauce, lasagna noodles and mozzarella cheese,” writes Rita S. of Iroquois Falls, Ontario.

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Spaghetti Stew

“I cook a pot of spaghetti or rice and spoon leftover stew on top of it,” says April Levasseur of Eugene, Oregon. “My family really goes for it, served with a salad and garlic bread.”

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Spaghetti Turned Salad

Advises Tami C. of Animas, New Mexico, “Chop chilled leftover spaghetti noodles. Add diced raw vegetables and enough bottled Italian dressing to coat. It’s an easy refreshing salad!”

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Special Banana Bread

"To my basic banana bread recipe, I stir in cut-up dried apricots, dried pineapple pieces and candied red and green cherries," Margaret Jones recommends from Venedocia, Ohio. "It makes my banana…

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Special Seasoned Green Beans

“I give canned green beans a special taste by seasoning them with a pinch of oregano,” writes Dorothy Walz of Hammond, Indiana.

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Speedy Pizza Snack

Wondering what to do with leftover spaghetti sauce? I cut a loaf of French bread lengthwise and spread the sauce on each half. Then I sprinkle it with shredded cheddar cheese and a little grated…

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Speedy Sloppy Joes

When I have leftover taco-seasoned ground beef, I simply add some ketchup to it and warm it in the microwave. Then I spoon it onto buns for a really quick lunch. —Dwight Royer, Bowling…

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Speedy Soup

Large gatherings usually mean leftovers from vegetable trays. After dicing the veggies, you can turn them into a quick satisfying soup. In a Dutch oven, combine the vegetables with a can of beef…

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Speedy Spicy Hash

For a spicy hash, dice leftover roast beef, roasted potatoes, carrots and onions. Place in a skillet with a little vegetable oil and cook over medium-high heat until crisp. Add 2-4 tablespoons of…

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Spiced Squash

"When cooking zucchini and squash, I slice them into disks and saute them in butter and cinnamon," notes Monica Allen from Gaithersburg, Maryland.

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Spicy Fajita Soup

I had leftovers when I fixed fajitas made with beef, chicken and shrimp. The next day, I removed the shrimp and put the rest of the fajita mixture in my slow cooker. I covered it with water, added…

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Steak Makeover

"I slice leftover steak or chicken into thin strips," says Mary Iacovelli of Buena, New Jersey. "I saute garlic, onions and mushrooms in olive oil, then add the meat. Served over rice, this makes…

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Steak Stretcher

Reports Jane P. of Nazareth, Pennsylvania, “I thicken beef broth to make a gravy, then add cut-up pieces of steak or roast beef and some French-style green beans. I serve this over mashed potatoes…

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Steak Strips with Veggies

After a party, we had quite a bit of leftover grilled marinated steak and vegetables. We put some into hard rolls to make sandwiches, but still had some left. So I sauteed the veggies in olive…

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Stick-to-Your-Ribs Chili

Occasionally, I make vegetarian chili, but if often seemed too watery. By adding a can of refried beans shortly before serving, I’m able to make the chili much thicker and heartier without…

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Stir Candy into Quick Bread

“After Halloween, I gather up the leftover chocolate and candy bars from trick-or-treating, chop them and mix them into quick bread batter,” explains Heidi B. of San Bruno, California. “It’s a…

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Stir-Fry Wraps

A soft flour tortilla can do wonders for leftover stir-fry vegetables and rice. Just reheat the veggies and rice together with a little soy sauce. Then tuck the mixture into a warm tortilla and…

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Stuffing Soup

Stuffing mix is an easy addition to Carol Rindlisbacher’s homemade soups. She drops small scoops of the mix into boiling soup. “The stuffing turns into flavorful dumplings,” notes the Payson, Utah…

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Sugary Corn Bread

“To save time at dinner, I often use a box of corn bread mix,” writes Peggie Booth of Hopewell, Virginia. “To enhance the flavor, however, I stir in a tablespoon of sugar.”

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Super Cinnamon Rolls

"I use almond extract instead of vanilla in the frosting for my cinnamon rolls and cinnamon bread," shares Dianne Stewart of Sparks, Nevada. "Everyone comments on their great flavor."

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Super Sauce

“To make a tastier spaghetti sauce, I use leftover meat loaf instead of plain ground beef,” explains Irene Medovich of Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Super Split Pea Soup

Writes Kathleen Yagelo of Ann Arbor, Michigan, "Cauliflower makes a wonderful addition to split pea soup, along with the usual celery, onion, carrot and potato."

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Super Spread

“I cut leftover roast beef into small chunks and place it in a food processor or blender along with sweet pickles and onion,” notes Karen Plambaeck from Turlock, California. “Then I add…

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Super Steak Stew

When we have extra steak, I cut it into small cubes and brown it in olive oil in a skillet. Then I stir in some flour until blended. Next, I add two cubed potatoes, three sliced carrots, a large…

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Super Strawberry Shortcake

"Instead of sugar, I add frozen juice concentrate to the berries when I make strawberry shortcake," notes Beth Walker of Tyler, Texas. "It adds an unexpected but fun flavor."

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Super Stroganoff

"To perk up my beef Stroganoff (boxed or homemade), I add an envelope of ranch salad dressing/dip mix to the sour cream before stirring it into the rice or noodles. I also sprinkle in a few…

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Super Stuffing for Hot Dogs

Says Karen C, of Union Bridge, Maryland, “When I have leftover mashed potatoes, I fix stuffed hot dogs. First I stir some chopped onion, parsley, pimientos and pepper into the potatoes. I slit…

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Surprise Sandwiches

“When my kids were in elementary school, they really liked to find sandwich surprises in their lunches,” recalls Paul Karabelski of Brighton, Michigan. “I put raisins, mini marshmallows, M&M’s, or…

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Swift Sandwiches

I love to cook but still need reliable recipes for busy days. These easy sandwiches are a good way to use up leftover roast beef and make a great lunch. For each sandwich, place a few slices of…

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Swift Shrimp Snacks

My mom came up with this quick snack for my dad while he was watching Sunday football. She cut leftover Italian or French bread into slices, then cut the slices in half. She put leftover cooked…

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Taco Meat Turnaround

"To use up taco meat, first put a layer of tater tots in a baking dish," says Melonie Vogt, St. James, Minnesota. "Bake them according to package directions. Then top them with the taco meat and…

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Taco Pizza

"I top a pizza crust with a mixture of sour cream and refried beans," shares Michelle Koorn from Oak Harbor, Washington. "Then I sprinkle on leftover taco meat and bake until heated through. When…

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Taco Turnaround

"I combine leftover seasoned ground beef from tacos with Velveeta cheese and a can of tomatoes with green chilies and heat in my slow cooker," relates Patti Pease of Houston, Texas. "Our teenage…

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Taco-Style Pizza

“When I have leftover seasoned ground beef from making tacos, I sprinkle it on homemade pizza, then add chopped green peppers and cheese,” notes Tina Boyer from Lynchburg, Virginia.

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Tacos Transformed

Denise S. of New Bern, North Carolina uses leftover ground beef taco meat to make chili. “The zippy flavors blend well,” she says. “If you have any leftover shredded lettuce and tomatoes, they…

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Tasty Iced Tea

"There's nothing like a refreshing glass of iced tea on a hot day," says Leonard Siedinski of Tonawanda, New York. "I stir a package of unsweetened black cherry Kool-Aid or other drink mix into 2…

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Tasty Potato Salad

"When boiling potatoes for potato salad, add a crab boil bag (a seasoning packet from the seafood or spice section of the grocery store)," suggests Virginia Hensley of Annapolis, Maryland. "Once…

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Tasty Sandwiches from Leftover Ham

Marion S. of Joseph, Oregon mixes ground leftover baked ham with chopped olives and green pepper, shredded cheddar cheese, Dijon mustard and mayonnaise, then stuffs it into hard rolls. “Wrapped in…

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Tasty Tea Cubes

While on vacation, we only had one pitcher for making iced tea. Each evening, there was always a little left over, but not enough for a whole glass. So I filled up an ice cube tray with the…

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Tasty Turkey Quiche

Looking for a different way to use up extra turkey and stuffing from your holiday meal? I use it to replace some of the ingredients in a typical quiche. Instead of a pastry crust, I press some…

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Tasty Twist for Twice-Baked Potatoes

“For really memorable twice-baked potatoes, I mix in a little pickle juice from a jar of sweet hot pickles,” explains Charles T. of Bowling Green, Ohio.

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Terrific Turkey

“I put leftover turkey in a slow cooker and add some minced garlic, barbecue sauce and a dash of hot sauce,” writes Stacy Anderson of Twin Falls, Idaho. “When it’s heated through, I serve the meat…

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Terrific Turkey Soup

“When I smoked a turkey one Thanksgiving, I didn’t want to waste a thing,” writes Charlene Powell of Wichita, Kansas. “So I boiled the carcass, strained the broth and picked out the good pieces of…

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Thanksgiving Leftovers

"I add cooked broccoli. turkey bacon and some fat-free ranch dressing to cooled mashed potatoes leftover from Thanksgiving. For a finishing touch, I sprinkle on low-fat shredded cheddar cheese…

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The Right Stuff

Instead of stuffing, I put drained sauerkraut inside a chicken before roasting it. —Marge H. of Corte Madera, California

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Time-Easing Taco Bake

Whenever we have tacos for supper, I usually end up with a dab of all the fillings. To use them up the next day, I make this main dish my family loves. I press two tubes of refrigerated crescent…

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Time-Easing Taco Chili

When I have leftover fixings from tacos, I use them as a starter for spicy chili. In a pot, I combine the seasoned meat, salsa, refried beans, and chopped onions and tomatoes. I add a can of chili…

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Tomato Pasta Bake

When I have leftover elbow macaroni or any other cooked pasta, I put it in a greased baking dish, season it with oregano, salt and pepper, and top it with chopped fresh tomatoes and shredded…

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Tortilla Tips

Have an opened package of tortillas in the refrigerator? Here are some sweet and savory ways to use them up in a jiffy:

  • Brush the tortillas with butter and…

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Tortilla Turnaround

“I cut leftover tortillas into wedges or strips, then fry them on both sides in a lightly oiled skillet until golden,” conveys Judith L. of Littleton, Massachusetts. “Then I sprinkle them with…

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Turkey Casserole

“For a new entree, combine leftover turkey, gravy and dressing,” says Millie K. of Elyria, Ohio. “Put it in a greased baking pan and bake at 350° until golden.”

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Turkey Tortillas

“To use up turkey, I team it with tortillas. First, I dice the cooked meat and simmer it in leftover gravy or broth with chopped celery, onion and mushrooms,” notes Kimberly Elliott of South…

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Turn Chili into Dip

“I heat leftover chili, then stir in plain yogurt and cheddar or process American cheese to make a hearty dip for tortilla chips,” remarks Lisa E. of Cleveland, Ohio. “My husband and his buddies…

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Twice-Baked Leftovers Taste Great

“I combine leftover mashed potatoes with chopped onion and shredded cheese, then bake it,” says Rose M. of Flagler Beach, Florida. “It tastes like twice-baked potatoes without the work.”

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Use Extra Chili in a Meat Pie

When preparing chili, I make extra so we can have this main-dish pie the next day. To make it, warm about 4 cups of chili and pour into a deep-dish pie pan. (If you have a little less than 4 cups,…

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Use for Leftover Canned Fruit Juices

From Lakeland, Florida, Suzie J. writes, “Whenever I have a recipe calling for canned fruit without the juice, such as peaches, pineapple or mandarin oranges, I save the fruit juice and add it to…

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Use for Leftover Taco Meat

“I stir leftover seasoned ground beef from a taco supper into canned tomato soup along with a handful of shredded cheddar cheese,” relates Tina U. from Merced, California.

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Use Leftover Turkey in Soup

“To use up leftover turkey, I make a simple and satisfying soup,” reports Marion S. of Chicago, Illinois. “First I saute onion and green pepper in oil, then add chicken broth. I puree leftover…

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Use Up Leftover Cranberry Sauce

Reports Lorraine V. of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, “I use leftover cranberry sauce to fill apples before baking them. The blend of flavors is delicious.”

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Using Leftover Smoked Turkey

“My husband always smokes our Thanksgiving turkey,” shares Shyrel C. of Hampton, Florida. “Leftover dark meat gives great flavor when cooked with pinto, northern or lima beans. We think it tastes…

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Using Leftover Vegetables

To use up leftover mixed vegetables, combine 1 cup veggies with a can of cream of chicken soup. Add milk and heat through for a delicious thick soup. —Fran S., Tustin, California

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Using Up Leftover Corn

“My son’s favorite dish starts with leftover corn,” remarks Linda K. of Perry, Kansas. “Beat an egg and add corn and flour to make a thick batter. Drop by spoonfuls into hot oil in a skillet. Fry…

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Using Your Noodle

“I heat leftover spaghetti in butter with onions, mushrooms or green pepper, then add beaten eggs and cook until they’re set,” notes Debbie Wolfe of Taylor, Michigan. “My mother made this hearty…

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Vegetable Chicken Noodle Soup

“To round out the taste and nutrition of canned chicken noodle soup, add some mixed frozen vegetables and heat through,” suggests Kim Tullock of West Olive, Michigan. “Top servings with a pinch of…

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Vegetable Surprise

Mary S. of York, Pennsylvania recommends draining leftover vegetables well and adding them to an omelet along with a bit of shredded cheese.

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Veggie Rice Skillet

My wife and I enjoy medleys of steamed vegetables, such as onion, peppers, zucchini, squash and broccoli, but we frequently have leftovers. I combine them with some cooked rice and a can of diced…

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Veggies Revisited

"For a tasty marinated vegetable salad, I combine leftover cooked veggies such as broccoli, green beans, squash and carrots. I add a minced garlic clove, a sliced onion, 1/2 teaspoon Italian…

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Versatile Meat Loaf

Meat loaf is one of my favorite leftovers because it’s so handy. I often make more than what we will eat so I can freeze the leftovers. I crumble it up to use in spaghetti, chili, tacos, soup and…

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Warming Leftovers

Warming holiday leftovers once meant using more pots and pans than the original meal required. Now I bundle poultry and each side dish in separate pieces of aluminum foil. I place the bundles on a…

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What to Do with Extra Pasta

When I make more pasta than my husband and I can eat, I freeze the leftovers. It’s simple to put the frozen pasta in boiling water for just a few minutes to heat through. —Sandy L., Butler,…

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Zesty Chicken Bake

I was recently left with vegetables, gravy and half of a roasted chicken after dinner. I didn’t want any of it to go to waste so I de-boned the chicken and threw it into a blender with the…

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Zippy Potato Salad

"To zip up my potato salad, I toss in a 4-ounce can of mild diced chilies," says Okey Probasco of Oracle, Arizona.

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