Creating Meals From What’s In Your Hand
A perfectly delicious skillet meal can be made of tortillas torn into strips and fried along with any combination of the following:
tomatoes; olives; onions; green onions; peppers; corn; black beans or pinto beans; salsa; leftover meat, and cheese if you have it. It's good enough without cheese. It works well even with the last two tortillas that got left in the fridge too long with the bag open so they are starting to get hard and crunchy. The oil you fry them in softens them up nicely and freshens the taste.
Turn a box of convenience food into soup- instant au gratin or scalloped potatoes, for instance, work well in a pot of water as a cheesy potato soup. The amount of water isn't that important. Add sausage or ham, if you have it, onion, corn, etc.
Leftover spaghetti noodles? Make delicious noodle fritters using other leftover ingredients in your fridge. We have made these with uncooked ramen noodles as well as leftover spaghetti and soba noodles. They all work. This si my favorite recipe for using up a few leftover cooked vegetables.
Other ways to use leftover ham.
Oddments of leftover vegetables and meat can be added to quiche, to soups, and used in the noodle fritters above, or a Shepherd's Pie.
Leftover cornbread makes a tasty breakfast when it's crumbled up, reheated, and stirred up with a bit of milk and honey or jam.
What's your favorite way to use leftovers?