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2023 Preparedness - Wednesday Wisdom: Week 10


March 8th


I love leftovers and I am always amazed when someone tells me their spouse refuses to eat them. Time to eat leftovers and change their minds! Americans waste millions of dollars worth of food each year that doesn’t get eaten. The food you toss because it wasn’t used in time can be costing you hundreds each year.


Eat pizza. Really. Pizza is inexpensive if you make it at home. Save leftover meat and veggies and make leftovers everyone will eat. Pizza dough is simple to make and does not need to raise. Three large pizzas can be made with one jar of spaghetti sauce or using 1 can of tomato sauce and herbs. Leftover ham, chicken, meatballs, marinara sauce, half a pepper, or zucchini? Make pizza and remember Mexican pizza is great as well. Spread pizza crust with leftover beans, just mash them up, add cheese, taco meat, or chicken, and bake. Spread salsa, shredded lettuce, leftover guacamole, and sour cream, and enjoy. TIP: Leftover guacamole freezes well for use later. Place in a freezer bag and squeeze out as much air as you can. To save for a longer vacuum seal.


Chicken: Add barbecue sauce and heat on the grill, throw the whole chicken in a pot and make soup, chicken tacos, or chicken enchiladas, shred, and add barbecue sauce for sandwiches or a potato bar. Cranberry sauce does not have to be just for Thanksgiving. Place chicken on a sourdough roll or bread and add cranberry sauce. Create a stuffing bowl by making stuffing from stale bread or use a boxed stuffing mix, and top it with chicken, cranberry sauce, and gravy. Make chicken fried rice.


Fried Rice

2 C cooked rice 4-6 eggs

2 green onions chopped soy sauce to taste

2 T butter

Any combination of frozen or leftover peas, shrimp, ham chunks, chicken, zucchini, carrots, or whatever you have on sale.


In a frying pan melt butter. Sauté rice and onion until rice is lightly browned, continue to slightly brown all kernels. Add beaten eggs and stir as they cook. Add cooked vegetables and meat or fish. Cook until all ingredients are hot. Add soy sauce to taste stirring as you add to coat all.


Pizza

Combine:

1 1/4 C water and 1 T fresh rosemary in a small pot. Bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Strain.


Combine:

1 1/4 C warm rosemary water

1 T honey

1 T yeast

add:

1 tsp. salt

2 ½ to 3 C flour


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

2. Mix until well blended.

3. Knead and let rest ½ to 1 hour while you prepare everything else.


For Pizza:

1. Roll to 1/4 inch thickness.

2. Spread with pizza sauce, spaghetti sauce, or seasoned tomato sauce.

3. Add pizza toppings.

4. Bake on a slightly greased pan until golden.

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