Lively Leftovers

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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