When all is said and done, after those big holiday meals you are left with a fridge full of bits and pieces that will either bore you to death or set you up for quick second suppers. Here are a few ideas of what to do with the leftovers.
Leftover Sweet Potato or Mashed Potatoes
There are many ways to use these starches again. Here are three including one of my relatively healthy recipes for a sweet potato topping that can be used for biscuits or in sweet potato pie.
- Thin mashed potatoes with broth and use as a base for soup. Mix any cooked vegetables in and blend with an immersion blender or in a regular blender once cooled.
- Add sweet potatoes to pancake mix and stir in cinnamon. Pan fry and top with cooked apples or applesauce.
- Use in biscuits or as a pot pie topping (see recipe below)
Sweet Potato Biscuit Topping
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon honey
2 cup baked, mashed sweet potatoes (about 2 medium potatoes)
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
Combine flours, baking powder, salt and baking soda in a large mixing bowl and set aside. In a separate large bowl, mix together milk, honey and mashed sweet potato until evenly combined.
Grate frozen butter through the large holes of a box grater and toss with dry ingredients until butter is coated. Add milk mixture and mix lightly until dough comes together.
Turn out mixture onto a floured surface and knead just until it comes together. (The dough will not be smooth.)
Divide into two circles and use a floured rolling pin to roll dough to a thickness of about 3/4 inch. Place dough on top of meat pie mixture and freeze immediately. Once solid, wrap in plastic and a layer of foil. Stores well in freezer for up to 2 months.
To bake: Place directly from freezer into a 375F oven uncovered for about 1.5- 2 hours depending upon the depth of the pie plate.
Cooked Chicken Recipe Ideas or Turkey Leftovers Tips
Of course you can make sandwiches or turkey soup but here are a couple more ideas for your pantry.
- Mash meat in a mini-chopper along with feta cheese, garlic and oregano. Spread on bread and bake to warm through or serve cold.
- Gather shredded lettuce, peppers, fresh herbs and pull meat into small pieces. Add boiled water to a large bowl and dip rice paper wraps in to soften. Roll veggies and meat into spring rolls and serve with peanut dipping sauce.
Most people throw away cooked broccoli or green beans thinking they will be too mushy to reuse. Here are some tips so those veggies won’t go to waste!
- Toss in a small amount of extra olive oil and spread onto a cookie sheet. Roast until crispy and top with sea salt.
- Use to top pizza.
- Mash or chop into Greek Yogurt with hot mustard and dry dill to serve as a dip.
Never ever throw away leftovers, they really are mother’s little helpers!
About the Author
Theresa Albert is a Food Communications Specialist and Toronto Personal Nutritionist. She is @theresaalbert on twitter and found daily at www.myfriendinfood.com