1. I'll be honest, more times than not there is no leftover "cheesy sauce" when I make mac and cheese. I can't help it, I like a lot of sauce. I could eat the sauce by itself... with or without pasta and with or without a spoon. BUT sometimes I like to make a bigger batch to either add on top of next days mac and cheese or to freeze it (with or without the pasta already mixed in) for another day. (yes, it's a VERY easy freezer meal!). Well, the last time I made a batch, there wasn't really enough extra sauce to freeze so I opted to use it on a quesadilla. It took the place of fake (or real) cheese and kicked it's ass. Brilliance, right? Totally. I'll be doing more of this.
2. I made garlic bread soup the other day, minus the bread, plus some kale (well, we had the bread on this side). The next day we were running low on food and I realized I used up a lot of veggies in the soup and for dinner... including our most important: tomatoes and garlic (cry!).... so I opted to use the leftover soup (with a few added veggies) as a base for my rice and beans. Bam, easy rice and beans that are already seasoned. I just added a touch of cumin to the mix to finish off the seasoning.
3. I have to say, I was maybe most impressed with this idea. Eggplant mashed potatoes to a creamy corn and sweet potato chowder (there were also carrots and onions, potatoes, and things). Every second of tasting along the way, I was like "whoa I am awesome using up all these things in my fridge. Marlowe is going to love this stuff!" and guess what, she did, I did, and the leftovers we were sick of: gone.
I hope you guys like these leftover postings of mine. You'll notice more times than not, something comes from soup or turns into soup... well, because it's the easiest and most sensible thing to do. Soup tastes better the next day anyway... so there's really no excuse to waste it :) I know I get (really) upset wasting food, so it's always a fun challenge to see what I can come up with in the kitchen... and I hope you guys enjoy it too!
Also, for the first time...maybe ever.... Alex has tomorrow (friday) and saturday off. It's like magic! (Especially after yesterdays post!) So random, but oh so awesome! I'm looking forward to a potential evening alone with Alex that doesn't start after midnight :)
Have a happy, carefree, and waste-free weekend, friends!