Reduce Waste: How to Use Restaurant Leftovers


| 3/16/2010 10:10:59 AM


Tags: Restaurant, Leftovers, Food, Recipes, Reduce waste,

A photo of Shirley Rodeo VanScoyk

I am, despite conclusions you might draw from tales being told by me and about me, a fairly conventional, frugal person. I do care about the environment, reducing waste and most especially about food waste in restaurants. It is not lost on me that tough times had by me are not tough in a global sense and that I am blessed to live at a time and place where I have enough to eat, a warm place to sleep and a prospect that tomorrow is probably not going to bring changes to that. But I am also true to me, and not lunching with friends is out of the question. Here are some ways to turn restaurant leftovers into marvelous meals: 

Leftover Fries

This is truly a doggie bag solution. Leftover fries from a restaurant meal make great dog treats. I prefer to get out of the car with the bag, let the dog out in the dog play yard and have a French Fry Happy Dog Scramble. I just open the container and hurl them out. This makes me a goddess to my dog.

Many people don’t bring fries home because of the soggy-ness. If you don’t have a dog or you just really like fries, crisp them up in your George Foreman (GF) the next morning for home fries. If you have a panini maker or a GF, you can also make a nest with the fries by smooshing them together and closing the lid. A little bit of cheese, a poached egg and you have something really impressive! Just don’t look too long at the amount of grease the GF will squeeze out of them, it will only depress you.

Sweet potato fries: crisped up and served with breakfast, drizzled with maple syrup. YUM!

Mashed sweet potatoes: mix in with pancake mix. Make pancakes, serve with maple syrup with warm pecans and broiled goat cheese stuffed peaches.

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8/20/2015 9:06:00 AM

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nebraska dave
3/18/2010 6:51:41 PM

Rodeo, your blog entry makes me want to go out and order up something from the local restaurant just to have some left overs. Ah, you got me on the flotsam and jetsam. I had to go to Mr. Webster to find out what in the world those were. During my married child rearing years, Friday was Dad’s refrigerator soup day. My family never really ate left overs even in soup. Therefore I became the food disposal. Come Friday my kids would do anything to get to a friend’s house to have dinner with them. Even to this day they cringe at the mention of Dad’s refrigerator soup. It’s not that it was all that bad. Well maybe once in awhile. It was just the thought of being made from left overs. I got the reputation of Mikey from the cereal commercials. Just give to Dad. He’ll eat anything. They were kind a right. I do eat most anything. Some things I like a little better than other things. One thing I did learn about cooking, it’s all about the seasoning. I’m getting better with that but still learning. Mrs. Dash, garlic powder, onions and salsa are my friends. I rarely use salt. Left over French fries, I just nuke them in the microwave and splash a little ketchup on them. They still slide down pretty good. I know there’s sugar in ketchup, but a guy has to have a couple vises in his life. Don’t you think?


rodeo princess
3/18/2010 3:53:25 PM

Thank you, thank you all for your comments, I was away from a computer for a bit and to come back and see you all had visited is so nice! Mountain Woman, I'm not saying I have MOUNTAINS of leftovers, being a short round girl, but there is usually enough for something, if I put my mind to it. Almost Country - that potato soup sounds wonderful!!!! I will have to try that! I bet you could freeze the mashers and make the soup later, too. And Oz Girl, you are so sweet to worry about what a french fry might do to your dog. See, over here, at any given moment the dogs are either chewing on the poo of another animal or the skull of a groundhog, and after watching them do that a couple of times, I stopped being concerned.


oz girl
3/16/2010 2:39:25 PM

Rodeo, what fantastic food leftover ideas... I'll need to remember some of these. I already do bring home any fries for the dogs. There's usually only a few fries, I don't give them too many as I'm sure fries are as bad for them as they are for us! :) Hopefully we'll have a few chickens soon, and then many of our scraps will go their way.


susan_7
3/16/2010 2:23:03 PM

Rodeo, great suggestions--thanks! We typically just eat the leftovers the next day (or for a midnight snack!), but I'll be paying more attention at future meals out for opportunities like taking home the garnishes, bread pieces, etc. I love your soup pot in the freezer tip. Susan Close to the Earth in Alaska


mountain woman
3/16/2010 1:25:52 PM

Oh Rodeo, What a great post and written in true Rodeo fashion which means lots of fun! I wish I had leftovers but alas everything I see, I eat but if I ever do have leftovers, I think your suggestions are fabulous.


almost country_1
3/16/2010 12:12:29 PM

Hey Rodeo, Great ideas! Another idea for mashed potato leftover: mashed potato soup. Just stir mashed potatoes into chicken stock, add some seasoning if you like (I'm fond of tarragon with taters) and viola--you've got some tasty potato soup.





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