A couple weekends ago we had a birthday party for our oldest son. We had a lot of people on the guest list. While a lot showed up, a crazy late spring snowstorm kept a lot of people home. This meant sooooo much leftover food. The theme was ‘Italian’ and all of the kiddos were making their own pizza so we had a ton of crusts, pizza sauce, and toppings left, as well as Italian bread, pre-cooked pizza that the adults had, meatballs and fruit. I was determined not to let all of this food (and the money I spent on it) go to waste. Here’s what I did with it all:
We ate most of the meatballs and Italian bread (I’ll never say no to bread with olive oil/ vinegar). We also froze the Boboli pizza crusts and some of the cooked pizzas.
But then I had to get creative.
The fruit was easy. It was great for snacks and I also added a bunch to smoothies over a few days.
We had a bunch of sausage and cheese that had been prepped for pizza toppings. I decided to make a couple of egg casseroles. Though my normal recipe calls for cheddar cheese, I did a 1/2 cheddar and 1/2 mozzarella mix and it was great. I also normally use bread slices, but this time I used some of the cubed Italian bread. One of the casseroles was eaten right away and I froze the other one.
I had so many veggies cut up for toppings and I was struggling to be creative with them. I came up with shrimp stir fry (with shrimp I already had on hand) and chicken and rice soup.
How do you use leftovers creatively?