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3 Fast and Easy Recipes for Leftovers

Updated: Sep 5, 2023

I don't have money, time, or food to waste. All three recipes are inexpensive, fast, and prevent you from throwing away food.

Recipe #1: Spicy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork (to save the meat)

My priority on Monday was to salvage a pork butt I couldn't smoke over the weekend. I will not smoke a pork butt for less than 24 hours, and the meat was labeled to expire on Monday. I had eight hours to solve the problem, or I was out $16, and I hated wasting food or money. Below are the ingredients, instructions, and a 40 second #shorts YouTube clip of the end product.

Recipe #2: Hash browns (to save potato salad)

Fried hash browns are the perfect solution to avoid wasting potato salad. I use this recipe for breakfast. Start with a mayo-based potato salad. Mash the potato salad. Add milk or heavy cream if it is too dry and panko or breadcrumbs if it is too wet. Add a bit of oil to a frying pan, and over medium to high heat, fry the potato salad for a few minutes on each side. It’s not done until both sides are golden brown.

I like to add cheese over the hash browns and a fried egg over the top or on the side.

Recipe #3: Mac and cheeseburger (to save mac and cheese and leftover burgers)

This is how you can save uneaten hamburgers and mac and cheese.

Warm the burger and mac and cheese enough to make it easy to combine. You can always add more shredded cheese and onions. Crush the burgers into small pieces and stir them into the mac and cheese. I prefer to warm it up in the smoker for an hour at 250, but an oven would work fine.

Click here for the original Mac and Cheese recipe I used.


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