Not Your Mother’s Leftovers

Okay, maybe some of them are your mother’s leftovers, but she is a great cook. This week we’re talking about leftovers because of the astonishing amount of money we spend eating in restaurants. The average American family spends 5.6% of their budget, or $2,430 annually, on eating out. That’s more than $200 every month! I’m betting lots of that money went to lackluster takeout food eaten straight from the takeout container. There are more fun and constructive ways to spend your money.

What did you do with the rest of that roast chicken you made on Sunday? Why did you dump the extra stew you made last week? Here are a few kitchen-tested recipes that you can make using leftovers you probably have in your refrigerator.

Chicken Divan for One

½ package frozen broccoli
2 pieces leftover chicken (any parts you like)
½ C cream of chicken soup
1 T parmesan cheese

Heat oven to 350⁰. Cook broccoli in boiling salted water; drain. Grease an 8-inch pie pan. Arrange broccoli over bottom of pan. Top with chicken pieces. Pour soup over chicken. Sprinkle with cheese. If you like, toss in some cumin or cayenne pepper to zip it up!  Bake about 10 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbling hot.


Chicken Salad with Grapes

Leftover chicken – deboned
1 spring onion, diced
¾ C red seedless grapes, halved
2 T mayonnaise

Either chop chicken finely or pulse it a few times in a food processor. Combine it with the halved grapes, spring onion, mayonnaise and salt & pepper to taste. Serve this cool snack on toast points, lettuce or just eat it with a fork. Simple and flavorful!

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