My kids hate leftovers. Indeed one of my sons, while I am sleeping, cleans my fridge out of leftovers and religiously checks the dates on processed foods, dumping all the stuff. It drives me crazy. The other day he went too far, and decided all the magnets covering my fridge had to go. What he did not know was that those magnets were collected over a period of seven years, and I just semi-collected them, not really needing them for any phone numbers. Grrrrrrrr! But in the end using leftovers is important and certainly there is nothing wrong with it. Actually, it is a smart thing to do.
So Paula sent this one in, showing us how to make use of leftovers (in her case Thanksgiving Leftovers):
With all the veggies left over from Thanksgiving, I made a simple Stew. Quick and easy meal to use leftovers. I had beef stock in the freezer but you can use store bought. You can also adjust the quantity of ingredients for your needs.
I didn’t need to add much seasoning as the vegetables had already been prepared. The carrots had a honey glaze and added a nice flavor.
- 3 – 4 Quarts of Beef Stock (You can view Paula's recipe for Beef Stock by clicking here) Or: Use your Leftover meat
- 2 Pounds Beef , cubed ( I used Sirloin Tips)
- 3 Cups Carrots and Green Beans
- 5 Stalks Celery , cut up
- 2 Bunches Scallions , chopped
- 5 Potatoes , cubed
- 1/2 Cup Worcester Sauce
- 1 Cup flour
- 3 Tablespoons Canola Oil
You will need:
- 1 Medium bowl
- 1 Large pot
- Place the flour in the bowl
- Dredge the beef in the flour
- Heat oil in pot
- Place the scallions in hot oil and sauté for five minutes
- Add beef
- Cook for 10 – 15 minutes
- Add broth
- Add carrots, green beans, celery and potatoes
- Add Worcester sauce (you can use your favorite seasonings)
- Cook over medium heat for 45 minutes
Giving this two stars for difficulty but if you make your own Beef Stock as in Paula's Beef Stock recipe it becomes more difficult. You can of course make the stew fresh as well. This kind of stew is excellent for leftovers as it has the look and taste of a "new" dish, and the family wont be saying, "Oh No! Not leftovers again!"