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2017-09-23 01:32:21 PM  
preheat oven to 350
round casserole dish
big can of enchilada sauce
3 or 4 eggs
milk
shredded cheddar ~ 12 to 16 oz your call
12 soft tortillas (corn) cut into 6 piece wedges
whatever is cooked: ground beef, leftover rotisserie chicken, grilled veggies....

4 cup measuring cup: beat eggs into enchilada sauce and add enough milk to make 4 cups of sauce (custard technically)
butter, oil, or cooking spray the bottom of the dish. Scatter 3 tortillas worth of wedges on the bottom of the dish
layer half the leftovers, a third of the cheese and a pour about a cup or little more over that
repeat with another 3 tortillas, the other half of leftovers, a third cheese, sauce.  Top with last tortillas, cheese and sauce.
Bake for ~30 minutes or until internal temp is 160 F
 
2017-09-23 01:36:41 PM  
Leftovers, water, soup
 
2017-09-23 01:39:44 PM  
Soup?  Or maybe some of those bake ahead omelet cup things for breakfasts?
 
2017-09-23 02:55:22 PM  
Anything mixed with KD. Bake, fry or chill. See? Easy.
 
2017-09-23 02:59:44 PM  
Easy Chicken Parm

Start with boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
Pound to 1/4-1/2"" thickness between 2 pieces of plastic wrap
Dredge in flour, dip into a beaten egg (with a tablespoon of water)
Dredge again in seasoned bread crumbs
Cook over medium heat until cooked through and golden brown
Transfer to a plate and add some pre-heated marinara sauce
Top with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese
Melt cheese in broiler (or microwave)

Serve with pasta or on a roll.

Total time, about 20 minutes.
 
2017-09-23 04:04:29 PM  
Omelette
Fried rice
 
2017-09-23 04:14:12 PM  
Steam fish. Steam veg. Steam rice.

3 min preparation.
 
2017-09-23 04:20:47 PM  
Spaghetti squash with olive oil, garlic, and parm.

One pot meal ready in minutes.
 
2017-09-23 04:25:18 PM  

EvilEgg: Omelette
Fried rice


Tampopo - rice omelet
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2017-09-23 04:28:08 PM  
First; what are going to be the "main flavors" of your pot?
Meat? This will determine your additions and aromatics.
Now that I'm looking at your post again-- stew or minestroni soup.

Saute/carmelize onions, add lots of garlic toward the end.
Take out and put into a bowl*
Saute getting-to-the-end of life vegetables--and thyme, oregano, basil--or what you have.
Dump into bowl.*
Saute meat. Bowl*
Put content of bowl into sauce pan, with every thing else that fits for soup. Dollar store Broth will do.  Heat.
Cook (uncooked) pasta, potatoes or rice or (if cooked, warm) mound it in the bowl
Enjoy!
 
2017-09-23 05:59:55 PM  
1. Trader Joe's chunky applesauce
2. Cinnamon
3. Walnuts
4. Chunky granola
5. Raisins, lots of raisins


6. Optional tumeric
7. Optional any other nuts
8. Optional pumpkin seeds
9. Optional berries of your choice
10. Optional little bit of lemon juice
11. Optional a little bit of wine

Mix. Quantities unimpotant. Better than apple pie because fruity instead of sugary
 
2017-09-23 06:40:46 PM  
Go to Olive Garden and steal all the breadsticks.
 
2017-09-23 06:50:59 PM  
I'm actually making a "these grape tomatoes are too old and shriveled for a salad/snacking" tomato sauce right now.

Olive oil, garlic, grape tomatoes cut in half, plus part of a leftover tomato used for sandwiches earlier in the week, dash of hot sauce, spices, splash of white wine. All in a pan (I usually start with the garlic to flavour the oil, then throw in the tomatoes and everything else.) Squash the tomatoes with a wooden spoon once they soften. If your sauce starts to dry up, add more olive oil or wine. Toss the cooked pasta in your saucepan.

It's cooked in about 10 minutes so you'll want to put your pot of water for the pasta on first.
 
2017-09-23 07:09:44 PM  

whither_apophis: preheat oven to 350
round casserole dish
big can of enchilada sauce
3 or 4 eggs
milk
shredded cheddar ~ 12 to 16 oz your call
12 soft tortillas (corn) cut into 6 piece wedges
whatever is cooked: ground beef, leftover rotisserie chicken, grilled veggies....

4 cup measuring cup: beat eggs into enchilada sauce and add enough milk to make 4 cups of sauce (custard technically)
butter, oil, or cooking spray the bottom of the dish. Scatter 3 tortillas worth of wedges on the bottom of the dish
layer half the leftovers, a third of the cheese and a pour about a cup or little more over that
repeat with another 3 tortillas, the other half of leftovers, a third cheese, sauce.  Top with last tortillas, cheese and sauce.
Bake for ~30 minutes or until internal temp is 160 F


Good start to the thread. We did something simpler and call it enchilada cassorol or enchilada lasagna. Didn't think about adding eggs, will try next time. You could also layer the small corn or flour tortillas whole, although you will end up with more bready layers and might want to use more sauce.
 
2017-09-23 07:52:56 PM  
Get yourself a cheap immersion circulator (you can find them for $100 these days) and sous-vide some chicken breasts. Season it, bag it and cook it to 145º for 90 minutes, then finish it under the broiler. You'll have some of the juiciest, tastiest chicken you've ever had.
 
2017-09-23 11:58:39 PM  
Frittata: it's what's for dinner when you can't think of anything else. Add a salad if you're fancy. (I had leftover truffle fries last week and used those with arugula and cheese. So good.)
Any time I make lasagne, enchiladas, or a casserole-type dish, I use smaller dishes and freeze one or two. If you don't have a huge family, you don't need the 9 by 13 pan for dinner. Then you've got something ready to just pop in the oven on the nights you don't want to cook. I do the same thing with extra mashed potatoes and rice pilaf; cooking a chicken breast or pork chop, and a vegetable doesn't take long.
 
2017-09-24 12:11:28 AM  
How picky are your kids?

When I was a kid, I'd eat just about anything (but I hated reconstituted dried milk). I also hated . . . No, that was about it.

When my daughter was young:
-PBJ on white bread (with crusts removed, of course). They had to be cut in half, and it was important to cut it the right way. I don't remember whether the right way was diagonally, horizontally or vertically. I just remember a meltdown that lasted several hours when I made the wrong cut.
-Grilled cheese (but no actual cheese was allowed, only Velveeta). And white bread with crusts removed, of course.
-1 slice of "cheese" (not real cheese, which she didn't like; the stuff that comes wrapped per slice) placed on a white flour tortilla and microwaved for X seconds (I forget the value of X, but at the time, I COULD NOT vary that), then rolled up.
-1 hot dog, BOILED (yes, I once made the mistake of cooking a hot dog on the grill) in a bun (a slice of bread was not an acceptable substitute) with no condiments.
-Boneless, skinless chicken breast cooked in the oven and cubed. No spices allowed and if any juices appeared, they needed to be cleared away before she saw them (if she happened to be in the kitchen while the "junk" was cleared, the chicken became inedible).
-Kid Cuisine frozen dinners, but those were really just an excuse to get the desserts. I think even with those, we were limited to one or two dinners.

I'm sure most kids are somewhere in between.
 
2017-09-24 12:45:11 AM  
If you have a rice cooker:

Polenta or brown rice

Veggies of some kind

Meat (meat ball, sausage, bacon, turkey, even sandwich slices), cooked separately

And if that doesn't already cover what you're trying to use up, just throw it in.  Works for onions, peppers, garlic, mushrooms, cheese, kale...  As long as you have a base, a protein, and a veggie, you're probably fine.

/note: I know almost nothing about cooking
 
2017-09-24 02:12:53 AM  
Get a package of pita bread.
Smear with tomato sauce or pesto (basil, cilantro, roasted red pepper)
Top with whatever floats your boat: mushrooms, bell peppers, cooked ground beef, pineapple, onions, sliced cherry tomatoes.
Cover with grated cheese: whatever you have available.
Stick in a 350 degree oven until the cheese melts and is bubbly.  Hubby likes his cheese slightly brown, I prefer it just bubbly.
Presto -- you have pizza.
Bonus: kids get to top their own pizzas with whatever they like.

Pesto: 1 cup of basil leaves (or cilantro or roasted red peppers.  Mixed green herbs would also work)
1 clove of garlic.
1/2 cup of nuts (traditionally pine nuts, but I prefer the taste of pecan, which are cheaper.  Walnuts also work.  Never tried hazelnuts or cashews, but hey, why not?)
1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese (just the cheap stuff in the green jar -- it actually blends better than the fresh stuff you grate)
Pinch of salt
Grind in a food processor until its granulated, then pour in olive oil to make a sauce.

Don't be fussy about exact quantities -- it's not rocket science.  Pesto is great for pita pizzas or on pasta.  Use a tablespoon mixed with mayo for a great sandwich spread.  Or mix with vinegar and you have salad dressing.  Store in the fridge or it can be frozen if you happen to make a large batch (I'll be harvest some basil tomorrow so I'll be freezing some).  If using basil, pick the leaves off the stems.  Cilantro can be used stems and all.  Oddly, the cilantro pesto doesn't have a strong cilantro taste.  Hubby hates cilantro.  One day, he found some of cilantro pesto in the fridge and thought it was basil pesto, so he had it with pasta.  When he told me, I couldn't believe he had really eaten it and actually went into the kitchen to check his dirty dish.   Likewise, he was rather stunned to discover he had eaten cilantro and actually liked it.
 
2017-09-24 04:37:41 AM  
If you have leftover cooked chicken there are two ways I go with it:

Make a roue and add chicken broth, pepper and curry powder.  Stir until a thin gravy forms and serve over whatever pasta is in the house.  You can add peas if you've got them.

Or, chop the chicken up, add mayonnaise, pepper and curry powder and serve on toast.  If you've got them, grapes, almonds or celery work great in there, too.

Either recipe takes no more than fifteen minutes to make.
 
2017-09-24 07:56:52 AM  
Completely forgot my ultimate go-to simple meal: pasta fagioli (pasta with beans.) You can look up recipes online and you'll find that they're probably different. It's a simple dish that varies by region.

Take a large pot, add olive oil. Dice up onion, celery (or fennel), garlic, carrots and sautee. (I've seen recipes that add pancetta here, I've added a chopped up slice or two of bacon.) One diced tomato also optional.
Add a can of white kidney beans (drain and rinse first). Cook for a couple of minutes allowing the flavours to mix. Squash a few beans with your wooden spoon against the side of the pot, this will help thicken the soup.
Add dry pasta. This dish traditionally uses up all the odds and ends of pasta that you have left, break the long pasta (spaghetti, linguini, etc) in half before you put it in the pot. Add enough water to just cover the pasta. Simmer for about 20 minutes until the pasta is cooked. Serve. Add grated parmesan if you like.

As for spices used when cooking it, I start with salt and pepper, rosemary. Add some sage later on. There are a ton of variations in recipes you'll find online that will probably taste better than what I cook. That's the beauty of the dish, start with a mire poix and add whatever bits you want.
 
2017-09-24 08:19:27 AM  
FARK: The last bastion of applicants rejected for leftovers version of "Chopped."

Secret ingredient (leftovers)
Kraft BBQ sauce - 99 cents
WalMart hamburger buns - $1.08
 
2017-09-24 11:31:02 AM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: Easy Chicken Parm

Start with boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
Pound to 1/4-1/2"" thickness between 2 pieces of plastic wrap
Dredge in flour, dip into a beaten egg (with a tablespoon of water)
Dredge again in seasoned bread crumbs
Cook over medium heat until cooked through and golden brown
Transfer to a plate and add some pre-heated marinara sauce
Top with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese
Melt cheese in broiler (or microwave)

Serve with pasta or on a roll.

Total time, about 20 minutes.


Well, you just made me remember the chicken I thawed in the nucularwave last night.  Still in there.  Gawdammit.
 
2017-09-24 11:39:25 AM  
Lately I've been making pizza crust dough in my bread machine and making various stromboli-like things.

The dough takes maybe 10 minutes to prep for the bread machine and it's done 90 minutes later.  One batch is enough for three big "strombolis" and it keeps good enough in fridge.

Assuming you have dough ready, roll it out flat and slap on whatever you want.  My fav is ham, turkey and Swiss with spinach or other greens, with a heavy shake of dried basil and granulated garlic.  12-15 minutes in a 450 degree oven and YUM.

/The bread machine was under $70 on Amazon and I don't remember the last time I bought bread from a store.  The machine kicks ass
 
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