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Simple Ways to Deal With Your Leftovers

November 26th, 2012 Cooking

Leftovers are almost inevitable, whether it's the week after Thanksgiving or the weekend after a Friday night dinner party. Although you can always heat up your food and eat it as it was originally prepared, this is a great opportunity to get creative and turn your extra cuisine into something new. Working with leftovers doesn't have to be a simple matter of microwaving and serving! Here are a few common items that you can transform into completely new dishes the next day.

1. Rice. It can be easy to make too much rice, and unfortunately those tiny grains don't always taste great when heated up. Instead of letting them all go to waste, grab your favorite frying pan and make some fried rice. Simply pour some cooking oil into the pan and stir-fry the rice with a wooden spoon. You can add whatever meats, veggies and sauces you like to give it an extra boost of flavor.

2. Chicken. Got 10 minutes to spare and some leftover chicken in the fridge? Then you can prepare a delicious barbecue sandwich! Simply toss shredded chicken and carrots coated with barbecue sauce, slather some ranch dressing on a bun and add a slice of lettuce.

3. Bread. A large amount of French cuisine comes from figuring out what to do with all that stale bread from last night, so don't fret if you have half of a baguette sitting in your pantry. French onion soup is easy to make, delicious and soaks up those hardened chunks of bread quite nicely. Prepare this the day after a dinner party and you'll be good to go.