What’s for Dinner? Try These Great Leftover or Recycled Recipes

Did you know that World Hunger is one of the biggest global problems of today.  Many children in underdeveloped countries as well as developed go to bed hungry every night and yet there are homes where food is thrown out daily.

Do you know that you can contribute to a more responsible way of living by recycling and reusing your meals. Yes you can with your leftovers.  Working mothers would love to cook a hot fresh meal every day and watch the family the family devour every bite. However, if you have small kids or even teenagers this does not always happen. So in order that you do not become wasteful with food, you have to learn to use leftover recipes. Reusing meals can save you the hassle of preparing a new meal from scratch, and can be cost effective and extremely useful when you are too tired to prepare a fresh meal. Eating your leftover meals means better use of water in food production and actually contributes to a more sustainable world. Here are two leftover recipes that you can try with your beef and rice leftovers.  

Beef leftovers

Add some flavor to your leftover beef with a dash of red wine and have it with dumpling. This is an easy meal ready in 1 hour.

        1 cup chopped onion

        2 tablespoons butter

        3 carrots, chopped

        1 1/2 cups chopped celery

        2 (10.5 ounces) cans condensed beef broth

        2 cups red wine

        2 cups tomato juice

        2 cups diced cooked beef

        Ground black pepper to taste

        2 tablespoons margarine, softened

        1/4 teaspoon salt

        1 clove garlic, chopped

        salt to taste

        6 tablespoons all-purpose flour


        Sauté the onions, carrots, and garlic in a large pot with 2 tablespoons of butter until the butter is soft for about 5 minutes.

        Stir in the broth, wine, tomato juice, and beef. Let it simmer for 15 minutes and until the vegetable are tender

        Make dumplings by mixing eggs, flour, salt, and 2 tablespoons margarine or butter in a large bowl. Beat until the mixture is soft.

        Drop the mixture into the soup with the teaspoon. Let it simmer for 10 minutes. You are now ready to serve.

Rice leftovers

Rice is a meal for anytime. Have it with some chicken for a delicacy.

        1 1/2 cups chopped celery

        1 1/2 cups chopped onion

        2 (14 ounce) can chicken broth

        1 1/2 cups water

        1 cup margarine

        3 cups chopped, cooked chicken meat

        6 cups milk, divided

        2 cups uncooked brown rice

        1 teaspoon chicken bouillon powder

        Salt and pepper to taste


        Combine the celery, bouillon, broth onions, rice, and water in a large pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Set the heat to low, cover and let the mixture simmer until the rice has absorbed most of the liquid.

        Melt butter or margarine in a saucepan over medium heat. Make roux by adding flour gradually and stirring. Add 4 cups of milk in half cups and stir continuously.

        Add the chicken and the roux to the rice mixture and return to the stove over low heat.

        Season with pepper and let it simmer for 15 minutes. You are now ready to serve.

Food can be reused and recycled. Yes that is what you call leftovers. You can be responsible and live a sustainable lifestyle in every facet of your life and that includes dinner.

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