Saturday, 11 January 2014

Frugal Bytes - Using Up Leftovers

More Meals from Christmas Leftovers

In our pursuit of the perfect frugal lifestyle, we aspire to becoming culinary wizards, capable of cooking up a magical meal from whatever we have available in an effort to keep the food budget under control. As well as this, it encourages us to get creative and even experiment by playing games such as guerrilla cuisine! (Sneaking in extras that wouldn't normally be added, as a way of using them up or getting extra nutrition into the diet.)

Yesterday we had ham, potatoes and sprouts because the ham was cooked and needed to be used before today and the sprouts were leftovers.

Earlier this week I made a lasagne and employed some guerrilla tactics by grating the last of the Christmas-gifted Stilton through it.

Tonight was no different - Christmas leftovers! We seem to have more 'leftovers' meals here than any other type.
What's been simmering on the stove top tonight?
A carton of defrosted cooked turkey, leftover from Christmas
1 tablespoon of thick-cut orange marmalade to empty the jar
2 tablespoons of mincemeat, leftover from Christmas mince pie-making
3 tablespoons of reduced price sweet chilli sauce.
Some frozen mixed veg
Peas and sweetcorn
Stir fried and then served with egg noodles but equally nice with rice - very filling, very tasty and very frugal, as it means I was able to use up the last of the homemade mincemeat I'd been given and I now have another 2 empty jars for recycling into eco-art glass lanterns.

I think I still have another few slices of turkey remaining in the freezer, but that will be fine for a while yet. There's have half a jar of redcurrant jelly in the fridge, so I'll need to concoct something with this - probably something like a fruit pudding that can be served with custard.

NYK, Frugaldom


  1. I'm wondering what you'll call your stove-top concoction? Mincemeat and Marmalade Turkey with sweet chilli vegs? Hmmmmm.

    1. Hmm... I tend to throw whatever is available into the pan, cook it up and then call it 'bowl food', as eating it from a bowl is always easier than serving it on a plate. :)


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