The Second Time Around
For home-cooked meals in a hurry, plan ahead for leftovers by roasting an extra chicken or browning a second pound of ground beef. Steam another cup of rice or slip some extra pork chops on the grill for later in the week. Chop and freeze cooked turkey and ham for the makings of a great-tasting salad or casserole.
These recipes offer lots of fresh ideas, but feel free to improvise. That's how we came up with top-rated favorites such as Chicken Cakes With Remouladé Sauce.
Use these recipes as a guide for creating your own special version of quesadillas. Slice up a leftover pork chop, and add it to Quick Quesadillas, or substitute some leftover spinach for the plum tomatoes. Buy the family pack of chicken breasts, and use the extra for Grilled Chicken Quesadillas.
Each of these recipes makes a hearty one-dish meal. Sneak some leftover veggies into the recipe for Chili-Topped Potatoes, or stir in some leftover chopped cooked turkey or chicken in place of the bacon when you're making Breakfast-Stuffed Potatoes.
One Good Egg
Eggs can turn almost any leftovers into a great-tasting meal--even macaroni into a kid-friendly pizza crust. The cheesy bacon filling for Deluxe Omelet Biscuits is actually baked in the oven, and it's just as scrumptious with the addition of a healthy portion of leftover vegetables.
- Deluxe Omelet Biscuits
- Ham and Cheese Omelet
- Ham and Cheese Oven French Toast
- Crustless Veggie Sausage Quiche
- Quiche Lorraine
- Breakfast Pizza
- Scrambled Egg Enchiladas
- Ham and Cheddar Muffins
- Cheesy Bacon and Ham Casserole
Fix-and-Freeze Italian Pick up some extra ground beef for these easy big-batch recipes. Portion and freeze for speedy spaghetti and lasagna suppers or a super-deluxe pizza. The meatballs are also perfect for last-minute appetizers and sandwiches.