Embracing the Leftovers

My goal this week has been to come up with tasty ways to use leftovers.  In addition to the previous post, here are a few more ideas for you.

-PIzza!  I purchased a whole wheat pizza dough ball from Harris Teeter for 99 cents.  Spread it out on a pan misted with cooking spray.  Brush the crust with olive oil.  Top with pizza sauce and your choice of leftover cheese, veggies and/or meats. For the pizza in the photo, I grated together three small blocks of leftover cheese (cheddar, gouda, parmesan) plus a few slices of plain old American cheese squares.  Then, I layered sliced tomatoes, baby spinach leaves, canned artichokes, sliced mushrooms, sliced red onion, a little seasoned salt and a sprinkle of Italian herbs.   Bake it at 450 for 10-12 minutes and you’ve got yourself a restaurant quality pizza!  I also made one of these with some cooked country sausage sprinkled on top to appease the meat-loving guys in the house.  Have fun using different combinations of toppings.  The good news is a little leftover THIS plus a little leftover THAT equals a delicious pizza topping.

For another night, I used up my broccoli and some leftover steak pieces I had in the freezer.  Here’s a great recipe I found for Beef and Broccoli from Taste of Home.

Lastly, leftover canned veggies, chicken and rice come together for a delicious Chicken & Veggie Fried Brown Rice.  My husband said it was better than our usual take-out!

Take the leftover challenge and share your culinary creations with me.

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