Category Archive: Cooking with Leftovers

Chopped Shrimp Salad

This salad is so easy. Pile everything in the middle and just chop away. Kind of like you would make pesto.. Chop and scoop, repeat. Everything gets into its own shape, creating interesting… Continue reading

Anchovy Onion Butter

Anchovies are sooo salty.. until you mix them with caramelized onions and whip into butter. Then you get a bread topping that tastes like Jansson’s Temptation. INGREDIENTS AND RECIPE (AND PHOTOS)

Wild Rice Bread

I hate wild rice because it reminds me of cockroach wings.. But, we got some in a food challenge and had a bunch leftover. This is the best use of it. Fluffy, amazingly… Continue reading

Hungover Weekend Casserole

Think about this. Noodle soup, sausage, rice, and cheese all in one casserole. This one is a Baco family recipe! Not really its intended purpose, but it sure does work for party weekends,… Continue reading

Couscous Egg Muffins

Scrambled cheese couscous eggs are my new favorite breakfast, but lets face it, you don’t get up early enough for that on any weekday. These muffins will fill you up all week. You… Continue reading

Carrot Pasta

Too many carrots (and time).. Also I live with someone with a pasta maker. Pretty good cooked up with some butter. Or carbonara. 6 medium carrots, peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces 2 large… Continue reading

Doughy Dumpling Soup

On New Years Day I made a whole chicken and then some stock by boiling the carcass in a pot of water. A day later, leftover doughy restaurant dumplings fell in my lap… Continue reading

Caraway Fried Rice Cups

SO much rice with leftover Chinese food. I wanted it to taste like rye bread, so I added a lot of caraway seeds and baked in ramekins. And then I ate them both..… Continue reading

Clementine Salsa

You know you buy those big cartons of clementines but rarely make it through them all.. You can put them in your daily champagne. Or you can make this salsa. Ingredients and Recipe… Continue reading

Black Butter Cookies

I’m not a baker, but these strange savory cookies are the best sweets I have ever made. These sugar cookies made with our black Rosemary Balsamic Butter makes the strangest holiday cookies you… Continue reading

Rosemary Balsamic Butter

This is what happens when you pick way too much rosemary for Sunday bread making… It is quite a delicate and savory bread topping.. Inspired by Bobby Flay, but with way less balsamic.… Continue reading

Spinach Onion Soup

Its a snow day, so we had time to let this one simmer. And the home smelled like onions to keep us warm.. Also a good way to use up dying spinach. RECIPE… Continue reading

Fried Macaroni Nuggets

This is what happens when you grieve.. I fry everything. We started with mozzarella sticks and then Meg randomly put some cooked leftover box macaroni and cheese in the hot oil (ours was… Continue reading

Mashed Potato Cupcakes

Leftover Dumpling stuffing? Put into cupcake tins, bake, broil, and eat. Ingredients: 1 cup mashed potatoes 1/2 cup ground turkey, tossed in A1 sauce 4 cubes of cheese (Colby) Grease cupcake tins and… Continue reading

Creative Dumplings

Dumplings are great for leftovers.. Ground turkey, apple, and rosemary. Butternut squash and sage. Potato, onion, and basil. Make your filling with whatever you have. Wrap them up into shapes- triangle, nun, envelope,… Continue reading

Mini Chimichanga

After a killer work week, I just wanted to come home and eat some cheese. Meet the oven chimichanga, a perfect vehicle for leftovers… Ingredients: 1 medium tortilla 2 big spoonfuls of meat… Continue reading

Watermelon Sorbet

Did you know you can carve anything into a scary jack-o-lantern? Even a personal watermelon… You get about 7 cups of watermelon guts out of it, and then you add sugar, citrus, some… Continue reading

Vegetable Wedding Gratin

This is what happens when you take the bride and groom home and they give you lots of vegetable and cheese party leftovers. Wedding Gratin! RECIPE

Pumpkin Pesto Pasta

This year I decided my carving pumpkin would be a pie pumpkin so I could make puree and try something crazy. Add apples and nutmeg and you get a buttery sweet coating for… Continue reading

Apple Hash

This dinner was a complete accident, after discovering diced apple leftovers from preparing Meg’s birthday apple pie cake last week. Add to store bought spiced hash browns (or shredded potatoes), mix in leftover… Continue reading

Cauliflower Basil Mash

Went to visit my mom and she had this crazy basil plant, and then I came home and remembered my large head of orange cauliflower in the fridge. Add other things you might… Continue reading

Flat Bread Pizzas

After learning to make flat bread, I couldn’t help myself, and I pulled all the leftovers out of the fridge to make these mini pizzas… MORE PHOTOS

Goat Cheesy Flat Bread

It is that day where the goat cheese will have to be thrown out tomorrow. Probably should have tossed it today, but I am a bit crazy, so I folded it into the… Continue reading

Beef Stroganoff

You know the best thing about stroganoff? Sour Cream.Leftover sour cream should never ever go to waste. Also, it is rumored that mushrooms are not even traditional to the Russian original. So just… Continue reading

Krispie Cookies

You can thank the furlough for this one- and my landlord. He left this Crispy Rice cereal when we moved in last month, as a snack for our move. But it never got… Continue reading

Sour Cream Chicken & Dumplings

Sometimes I just need to make a whole chicken.. And then we butcher it, and eat it, and stare at the carcass for a while. Throw that carcass in a pot, cover it… Continue reading

Quinoa Pizza Dough

A big pile of leftover red quinoa folded into handmade pizza dough. And top it with whatever you want- even olives and sausage. Ingredients: pizza dough 1 cup of red quinoa, cooked toppings… Continue reading

Green Spaghetti Monster

A bit odd, but mostly I think because the taste of pureed spinach masquerading as pasta sauce is incredibly unfamiliar.. Ingredients: 1/2 box of spaghetti, cooked 4 tablespoons reserved pasta water 8 oz… Continue reading

Mango and Brie Quesadilla

It is an odd combination but it is so so good. Mango and Brie. Also two things I had in my fridge… Melt in tortilla and eat.

Stuffed Tomatoes

Too many Roma tomatoes after a house party and this is a good solution…Cut the tops off, scoop out the insides, chop up the filling and mix it with whatever you have in… Continue reading

Couscous Cookies

This couscous salad thing was already spiced and full of good things- a leftover from the ridiculous office lunch meeting splurge. Put it in a blender, add cumin, and bake into savory cookies.… Continue reading

Spiced Whole Wheat Bagels

Well, we made bagels from this recipe, whole wheat style, and then put those good Penzeys spices to use. Herbs Provence, Sunny Spain, Sage, Rocky Mountain Seasoning, Seasoned Salt. Then bake. And maybe… Continue reading

Stuffed Breaded Chicken

Nothing like putting leftovers inside a flattened chicken breast, then rolled in leftover quinoa. When you cut into it, you get nice looking pinwheels – if it all doesn’t fall apart. RECIPE AND… Continue reading

Tatziki Egg Salad

This is one goopy egg salad. I used my leftover tatziki, which isn’t actually leftovers, when I make a batch a week to put on everything in sight.. Ingredients: Two eggs, hardboiled, and… Continue reading

Crustless Quiche

This is the leftover zucchini lasagna. I just couldn’t eat it anymore in its original form, so I took the last pieces, put them in small greased pan, poured two scrambled eggs over… Continue reading

Zucchini Lasagna

After purchasing a very large zucchini from the market, it sat in the fridge for way tooo long.. Since I don’t have a mandolin, we used the cheese grater to make long thin… Continue reading

Cheeseburger PIE

The best way to use your leftover hamburger meat (or hamburgers). I used crescent rolls as the crust, but you could make your own pie crust any way you want. What is important… Continue reading

Chicken Cowgirl Stew

The lore says that cowboys would put their leftover coffee into their stew, to make it richer, to add flavor, or simply to not waste it.. I am a coffee lady, but sometimes… Continue reading

Pickle Poached Fish

We eat way too many pickles.. That leftover pickle juice is my new favorite thing. We put it in a pan and poached some dover sole in it. Oh my, add a little… Continue reading

Wheat Tortilla Bowls

I hate wheat tortillas. They get mushy when you take wraps for lunch and make terrible quesadillas. But surprisingly, they bake well into vessels for other foods. Crunchy is the way to go.… Continue reading


This is just cabbage and salt. And time. Kraut smells when its fermenting so be prepared – or put it in the basement (if you have one). More Photos!

Breakfast Panzanella

Buy one get one baguettes are hard for me to avoid. So here we are. Mix breakfast foods with stale bread prepared for a panzanella, and this is an amazingly cheap brunch idea.… Continue reading

Cilantro Lemon Crackers

Why do we even buy cilantro? I always have too much and it gets mushy and I feel guilty… These treats were a true experiment, but good luck getting the thinness perfect. The… Continue reading

Avocado Pasta

This happened out of a need to eat avocado. Avocados are creamy dreamy, and smashed up, they make a great sauce for pasta. The Recipe.

Banna Bread Muffins

As you can see, our bananas get old sometimes and then we put them in the freezer and they get really really brown. Once you get 4 or so, thaw them and make… Continue reading

Southwest Noodle Salad

Inspired and made possible by the Newman’s Own Lite Lime dressing that we found in the store. It really is amazing. I did not really measure anything, but here goes. Ingredients:

Sprout Biscuits

With some leftover Hollandaise sauce from a lazy Saturday Eggs Benedict and a lot of broccoli sprouts in the fridge, these biscuits turned out dense and fluffy and filling and tasting strangely like… Continue reading

Quinoa Breaded Salmon, Soy Glazed

A little leftover quinoa and now this is my new favorite dish. Dip the salmon in the flour, egg, and then quinoa and place in a hot frying pan containing the oil and… Continue reading

Cheese Taco Shells

It’s rare to have leftover cheese, but all you need is a tiny handful in the frying pan. God, I love cheese. Here’s my take on it.

Couscous Meatballs

Leftover couscous, black beans, broccoli, and ground turkey rolled into little balls. The couscous puffs up and fills in the balls, giving them some stability. Just add hot sauce! Here’s the recipe..