When are leftovers not really leftovers?

That’s a Question! I think sometimes we have just plain old leftovers, and sometimes we serve repurposed food. That’s the difference. As I work through this week’s dinners you’ll see what I mean.
Sunday’s dinner was White Spaghetti and Meatballs. I choose to use boneless breast meat, but thighs would work as well, if that’s your preference. This ground chicken recipe is rather anemic in appearance, but it packs a lot of flavor, and a little chicken goes a long way. One recipe makes six servings, but there are only two of us. Leftovers?
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Monday Michael and I celebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary by going out for a seafood dinner. (He had no idea what he was getting himself into that day so long ago!) When it comes to seafood, I always bite off more than I can chew…Leftovers?
Tuesday I needed to be thrifty. I had recently trimmed up some pork tenderloins and saved all those little bits and pieces of meat that were too small to make a real meal but I couldn’t bear to throw away. Pork Fried Rice was the perfect recipe for those little pieces of pork, and guess what? I repurposed the leftover shrimp scampi at the same time!  I drained off the sauce and chopped the shrimp into the rice along with the pork.  No leftovers were left!
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Bella’s been having some medical issues lately, so dinner was really late on Wednesday and I neglected to take any photos, so you’ll just have to take my word on the fact that our repurposed chicken meatballs were served in a much more colorful presentation that night. I retrieved half of the remaining meatballs from the original six servings and froze the rest in the original sauce for another day. A new batch of Lite Alfredo Sauce bathed the chicken meatballs along with red bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions over penne pasta for a quick but satisfying late night supper.
Thursday’s dinner was a mystery meal straight from the freezer!  I have no recipe for this one, and it’s one of those things that tastes better than it looks.  I guess after St. Patrick’s Day I mixed the very last of the corned beef with some O”Brian style potatoes and formed the whole mess into patties.  Thursday night I threw them, still frozen, into a skillet with a little film of oil and pan fried them.  They were just plain ugly!  No picture of those!  They did taste good though, so maybe next year when I make our annual corned beef I’ll try again.  That is, if I remember!
Friday was a new recipe adapted from something I caught the tail end of on TV, Spicy BBQ Shrimp. I can’t tell you exactly how the television version went, but we liked the way this version turned out. These are large shrimp that are split and stuffed with a piece of jalepeno, then wrapped in partially cooked bacon and grilled. When almost cooked, Michael brushed them with BBQ sauce. No leftovers to repurpose here.
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OK. Here’s my definition of leftovers…Leftovers are those foods that are served a second time in their original form. Foods that are cooked in larger quantities than will be needed for the first meal and served in a different form in subsequent meals are NOT leftovers.
So there!
Be thankful for what life gives you.

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