Leftover Magic

Sometimes at the end of a tight budget week, it’s difficult to make a decent meal out of the few items left in the pantry. Here is a food stretcher recipe or two. There are vague on amounts because whatever you have, works.

Pasta Salad

Leftover cooked pasta

Chopped vegetables (raw or cooked)

Leftover chopped meat (or a drained can of tuna or salmon)

Diced onion to taste

Salad dressing of your choice (enough to moisten)

Mix well. Chill and serve.

Kitchen Sink Soup (Start this one early)

Every day, toss all your leftover bits in a resealable container and store in your fridge. Add that ¼ gravy, the spoon of mashed potatoes and the steamed rice. Chop up that last sausage and the steamed broccoli. Anything goes, except dairy products. When the container is full, put everything in a large cooking pot, add bouillon to cover and toss in any seasonings you like.

Noodle Casserole 

Cooked meat, chopped

1-2 cups cooked pasta

1-2 cups assorted vegetables

A can of mushroom (or whatever) soup

Water if necessary.

Mix and put in a casserole dish. Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes.

After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, ‘Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.’  (John 6:12)

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