by Jill Cooper
Holiday Leftover Ideas
Don't you just love Thanksgiving? It's the most guilt-free holiday of the year. You don't have to worry about getting the right gifts or whether everything is decorated perfectly. You don't have to wonder whether you made enough cookies or whether the food is on your diet. You have permission and can eat to your heart's content! At times like this, I have to wonder: Have I died and gone to Heaven?!
There is one problem. What happens when everyone rolls away from the table? You stand there in the shadows of mounds of leftovers and the guilt sets in. You really can't wedge in another bite, but you can't bring yourself to throw away all that good food. You know that there are people starving in Bangladesh, but you can't afford the shipping cost to send it to them. What do you do with it? Here are some ideas from Not Just Beans: 50 Years of Frugal Family Favorites to help you put those leftovers to good use and keep your clean conscience!
- Mix gravy, cubed turkey and leftover vegetables into a casserole dish. Top with refrigerator biscuits, leftover pie crust or crescent rolls (unbaked). Bake at 350 degrees until the dough is cooked and golden brown.
- When making pies on Thanksgiving Day, save the extra dough or make extra to use to make pasties. Roll out discs of dough in whatever size you want and fill with meat, vegetables and leftover potatoes.
- Don't forget to use your leftover relish dish. Chop and use in salads, soups or casseroles. If you're really sick of the vegetables, chop and freeze to use later.
- Use leftover mashed potatoes to thicken soups and stews.
- Make potato pancakes. Add 1 egg and 2 Tbsp. of flour to 2 cups mashed potatoes. Make into patties and fry in a pan with margarine.
1 1/2 cups carrots, chopped
1 Tbsp. water
4 Tbsp. butter or margarine
2 chicken bouillon cubes
4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 to 1 lb. ground beef, turkey or chicken, cooked
salt and pepper (to taste)
Use leftover pie crust or use the following recipe:
1 cup shortening
1/4 tsp. salt
3 cups flour
6 Tbsp. water
In a saucepan, simmer the carrots in the water, butter, and chicken bouillon cubes. Add potatoes, onion, meat and salt and pepper. Divide into fourths. Mix dough ingredients and roll into four 10-inch circles. Put the meat mixture on one side of the dough. Fold the other half of the dough over and seal with fingers or a fork. Bake 1 hour at 375 degrees. Serves 4-6.
You can also add other vegetables. This is a good way to use those leftovers, so be creative!
Jill Cooper raised two teenagers alone on $500 a month income after becoming disabled with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. To read more of Jill's articles and for free tips and recipes, visit LivingOnADime.com
Take the Next Step
- Visit our Pinterest board for Preparing for a Frugal Holiday Season.
Share your thoughts about this article with the editor. Do you have an idea that wasn't included in the article? Tell us about it: Click Here
Trending on TDS
- 5 big bills you can cut fast
- 5 ways kids learn and earn from Minecraft
- Bad with money? Teach your kids to get it right
- How to help your children retire millionaires
- 4 steps to a simpler (and more frugal) life
- Readers share their Halloween costumes Slideshow
- Improve your marriage without expensive counseling
- 10 affordable father-daughter dates
- 10 ways to reduce college costs for your kids
- Top 5 tips for packing a healthier lunchbox
- Money-saving ideas for working moms
- 5 teen bedroom decorating tips
- Pursuing your dream of staying home with your children
- What is the cost of raising a child?
- Spouse income calculator
- Should my spouse work, too?
- College savings calculator
- Home budget calculator