Using Leftover Ingredients

Use up some common ingredients and leftovers in small serving dishes.

Beaten Egg: Leftover beaten egg can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. You can use the leftovers in a coating for breaded or battered foods.

Cheddar Cheese Soup: Use extra as a sauce for vegetables or to make a nacho-style dip with any leftover jalapeno peppers.

Cottage Cheese: Instead of sour cream, use cottage cheese on baked potatoes, to stuff celery sticks or add to chunky salsa as a dip for tortilla chips.

Fresh Cranberries: You can freeze remaining berries. Use in salads or add to muffins or quick bread recipes.

Fresh Herbs: Make your own herb vinegar by immersing clean fresh herbs in cider or wine vinegar. Seal and refrigerate for 2 weeks. Strain the vinegar into another bottle and keep refrigerated. Use as needed in salads or dressings.

Goat Cheese: Use in any recipe that calls for feta cheese.

Ground Pork: Combine with ground beef to make meat loaf or meatballs.

Ladyfingers: You can freeze any leftovers, or use them in place of torn angel food cake in another recipe.

Mango Chutney: For a fruit-flavored snack, spread some mango chutney on whole wheat crackers.

Marshmallows: Chop leftover marshmallows and add to salads or cereal. To chop with ease, use kitchen scissors coated with nonstick cooking spray.

Mascarpone Cheese: The cheese comes in 8-ounce packages, so you may only use half. Mix the rest with a little sugar and top with fruit for a quick dessert.

Pepperoni: Use up leftover pepperoni on individual pizzas or add to a grilled cheese sandwich or pasta salad.

Phyllo Dough: Extras can be used as a pastry crust for pie.

Pine Nuts: Grind them up and add to ground meat for burgers, meat loaf and meatballs. It will give them a nutty flavor.

Prepared Pesto: Use extra pesto on grilled chicken, add to vegetable soup or serve as an appetizer with fresh vegetables.

Process Cheese (Velveeta): Add to hot, cooked vegetables or pasta.

Process Cheese Sauce: Drizzle over veggies or a baked potato, or make nachos by melting cheese and topping tortilla chips.

Refried Beans: Use the rest of the can as a filling for burritos or spread on a tostada and top with lettuce, cheese, sour cream and veggies of your choice.

Rice Wine Vinegar: Once opened, the vinegar should be used within 3 to 6 months. Try adding to stir-fries and other soup recipes.

Rice Wine Vinegar: Once opened, the vinegar should be used within 3 to 6 months. Add to stir-fries and soup recipes.

Sesame Seeds: Sprinkle leftovers on top of baked goods or salads.

Spaghetti Sauce: Divide up the rest of the jar and freeze portions to use over pasta or in lasagna.

Sun-Dried Tomatoes: Add leftovers to salads, sauces or pizza.

Sweetened Condensed Milk: Sweetened condensed milk is often used in candies, pudding and pies…or substitute it for cream in your coffee.

Taco Seasoning: Spice up omelets or scrambled eggs with a sprinkle of the seasoning or add to sour cream for a south-of-the-border dip. Keep extra seasoning in an airtight container. Use 2 tablespoons as a coating for 2 pieces of chicken or pork chops. Place in a bag, add meat and shake before cooking.

Vegetable Broth: Use in place of chicken or beef broth.

Water Chestnuts: Use leftovers in stir-fries.

Whole Tomatoes, Canned: Add to soup or spaghetti sauce.