Preventing Waste Means Enjoying Creative Leftovers

I am blessed with a husband who doesn't mind eating leftovers the next day even if they are not creatively changed.

 

Last night we had chicken fried steak and white gravy, English peas with onions and butter, and garlic and onion mashed potatoes. Tonight he ate exactly the same thing and even heated his own plate of leftovers in the microwave. It happened that way because I got hungry before he did, we were just having leftovers anyway, and I decided I would eat the leftovers from two nights ago. By the way, because the chicken fried steak meal is one of hubby’s favorites, we’ll have leftovers from it again tomorrow night without any creative changing needed. We’ll just need to fix another can of English peas. Do you think maybe I cook enough food for more than one night on purpose?

I don’t like to waste food! The leftovers I ate tonight were a combination of black-eyed peas, ham, jalapeno deer sausage, one small new potato, and bits of onion and cabbage. If those leftovers were going to be eaten, they needed to be eaten tonight because part of that meal actually started 3 nights ago as boiled cabbage, onion, and ham served with cornbread. There was some left, but not enough for a meal,  so I got creative with the leftovers and added jalapeno deer sausage that I sauted, canned blackeyed peas (because I didn’t think ahead and cook any of our frozen ones from the garden), and canned new potatoes (again because it was spur-of-the-moment). Tonight, I took  the solid food, which I wanted, out of the soup/water which I did not want, and by the time I reheated it again, any cabbage and onions in there were little mushy bits — but good flavoring!!

Another way I don’t waste food is by feeding scraps to my dogs and cats…….there I admitted it and I don’t advocate doing that. But, I do take some care with what I don’t feed them. I don’t feed them onions, because I’ve read they’re not good for them. I don’t give them bones. And, I don’t give our black lab Buck flour products because he has a skin allergy to wheat. I don’t give them very spicy foods. We eat quite a bit of spicy foods.

One more recent example, hubby cooked a pot of homemade chili several days ago, and we ate it that day with cornbread. The next morning, I fixed scrambled eggs with some chili on top, refried beans, and corn tortillas — one of my all-time favorite breakfasts! I was born and raised the first 12 years of my life in San Antonio, Texas. I had been hungry for Mexican food, and now I had leftover refried beans, corn tortillas, and chili, so for supper that night I fixed cheddar cheese and onion enchiladas with chili on top, refried beans, Spanish rice, and chips and salsa. Hubby preferred and ate just the last of the chili and leftover cornbread. The next day I still had leftover refried beans, Spanish rice, and corn tortillas, so I had soft tacos with shredded cheddar cheese for lunch.

I mentioned white gravy in the first paragraph. A few days ago, in a “Cooking” post, I explained how I make gravy. I use a small, plastic coated whisk. I have only had one, and often it’s in the dishwasher when I want to use it, so I’ve been looking at stores but couldn’t find one….small and plastic coated. Today, I found one here>>>

http://www.amazon.com/Silicone-Whisk-Set-Miles-Kimball/dp/B008E05UMQ/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=molder-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=YZ4IQ3K32DLKLWRO&creativeASIN=B008E05UMQ  [This link is not supposed to be this long, but it works. I told you in the beginning I’m technology challenged. lol   But, I’ll learn.]

Chicken Fried Steak and Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, and English Peas

Chicken Fried Steak and Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, and English Peas

Boiled Cabbage, Ham, and Onions

Boiled Cabbage, Ham, and Onions

Creative Leftovers - Jalapeno Deer Sausage added to Cabbage

Creative Leftovers – Jalapeno Deer Sausage added to Cabbage

Homemade Chili

Homemade Chili

Eggs and Chili

Eggs and Chili

Cheese Enchiladas with Chili, Refried Beans, Spanish Rich, Chips and Salsa

Cheese Enchiladas with Chili, Refried Beans, Spanish Rice, Chips and Salsa

Soft Tacos with Leftover Rice and Beans

Soft Tacos with Leftover Rice and Beans

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