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What's for dinner Friday? Leftovers anyone?

Posted November 25, 2016


Here's the place to share your meal ideas for the evening, post where you bought the ingredients frugally and even share a recipe if you would like.

If you need some inspiration for your own dinner tonight, this may give you some helpful ideas.

What's on your menu tonight?


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  • luvstoQ Nov 25, 2016

    No problems with leftover turkey meals at this house - 1 smoked, 1 fried. We just plate our meals as we go and microwave them - just as delicious as the T'giving meal was. Was raised to eat left overs and have never minded doing so. Great cranberry sauce so simple - bag of fresh cranberries, 1 C. sugar, 1 Cup water. Boil 10 min. Cool, refrigerate. Cook is 'off' for a few days!!

  • ascherer Nov 25, 2016

    ThomasG - I'm not a big leftover fan but I just can't imagine throwing out all of the leftovers.

    Tonight is either turkey sandwiches or a Groupon we bought today.

  • ThomasG Nov 25, 2016

    Grandkids wanted a to cook the fish they caught today so we had grilled fish , DW's baked beans & coleslaw. Desert was DW's chocolate pie
    Reading the remarks about leftovers, I am reminded of my Aunt ( my uncle's second wife he married while in the Army overseas) - she threw out EVERY Delicious Morsel after every meal ! It was very shocking to us since we had been raised to live frugally in every way - but we were also raised to respect adults so we did not ask why.

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Nov 25, 2016

    Observant & JDouglas- thanks for the reassurance! I'll give it a shot!

  • observant Nov 25, 2016

    RALEIGHFOODBLOGGER -I have frozen cranberry sauce successfully many times. - take it from the freezer a few hours ahead of time .
    THANK YOU ladies for your MO for your leftovers. I was just curious .
    We usually have a fresh shared meal before doing leftovers again . DH takes sandwiches for one of his meals at work so he likes a change for his next meal at home. For large leftovers ( roasts, turkeys, ham) we have a couple of meals "straight" then I up-cycle it into something else ( turkey chili , beef stew with veggies, chicken salad,turkey/chicken alfredo , mac & cheese with ham and broccoli.) Since it is just the two of us for most meals , I freeze the meat ( and some sides - like stuffing ) into meal portions using foodsaver bags for quick suppers or later ideas.; I do make soups or stocks from some of the scraps/leftovers . I have 18 jars of turkey stock in my cabinets right now !LOL

  • jdouglas13 Nov 25, 2016

    We have more leftovers here than I know what to do with, but we seem to do that every year. I only feel safe eating them until Sunday, so if there's anything left worth freezing by then, we will. As Faye mentioned, the turkey can definitely be frozen for future meals -- soup, pot pie, casseroles. This year I bought a fresh whole turkey (12 lbs) AND a fresh turkey breast, because I was afraid the 12 pounder wouldn't have enough white meat. Why I thought that, I have no idea. I haven't cooked the turkey breast yet, and will probably just freeze it as is.

    Observant, your menu sounds delicious!

    Raesmom, have fun decorating your new space!

    RFB, I used to make a cranberry relish that was uncooked -- just cranberries, a whole peel-on orange, and some sugar run through the food processor. I recall freezing leftovers of it. Hope that helps??

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Nov 25, 2016

    I cut way back on the different dishes we did, so after 9 of us ate last night, and we sent some home with each couple, we have just enough for tonight! Plus a bit of extra turkey for salads/sandwiches the next few days.

    The only thing that didn't come out right was the cranberry sauce. I tried a new crock pot recipe and after an hour, I realized the pot was still cold (the outlet wasn't working). So, it didn't make it to the table and I have a massive bowl of it. Can you freeze it? Or any ideas of what to do with it?

  • raesmom1612 Nov 25, 2016

    Observant the biggest thing we make is the dressing. I normally cut it up into squares and wrap it twice in aluminum foil then double bad it in a Ziploc. We just continue to eat left overs until they are gone or day four whichever comes first. Lunch is normally Turkey sandwiches and dinner is the whole shebang.

    Thnaks Date. Glad I'm not really looking for anything in particular. Might not head out until late this afternoon/evening to give all the early bird's a chance to get gone and sleep lol

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Nov 25, 2016

    Leftover cold turkey sandwiches, broccoli slaw and anything else still in the fridge. :-)

    observant - It depends on how much we have leftover. Sometimes I freeze some turkey to eat the next week in a casserole. This year I only made a turkey breast and we will have sandwiches tonight and tomorrow and then be done with it.

    raesmom1612 - good luck shopping!

  • observant Nov 25, 2016

    We are having : Ribs , potato salad , deviled eggs and grilled asparagus
    We ate turkey and sides last night then DH took a plate for one of his meals overnight so I know he will want something new for supper .

    How does everyone deal with leftovers ?? Do you eat it until it is gone or skip a night or two ??