Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Are These Leftovers? Sort of..

Using leftovers in a creative way has become something I'm getting pretty good at.  I HATE wasting food and Johnny HATES leftovers. Hmm...these two opposing views don't really go so well together. It's pretty tuff cooking for just 2 people so I have found a compromise: get creative with the leftovers! It's a win win!  Today I made turkey tetrazzini from turkey tenderloin leftovers.  It only took about 30 min to prepare since the turkey was already cooked!

So quick and easy...
  • 2/3 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, (about 3 ounces)
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 pound cooked turkey, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 2 cups)
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 3 3/4 cups homemade or low-sodium canned chicken stock
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Ground pepper
  • 1/2 pound curly wheat egg noodles, cooked according to package directions


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a bowl, combine breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup cheese, and 3 tablespoons butter. Season with salt; set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, toss 1 tablespoon butter with onion and 1 teaspoon salt. Cover; cook 3 minutes. Remove lid; cook, stirring, 3 minutes more. Transfer to a bowl; add turkey and peas. Set aside. In same pan, whisk stock, remaining butter, and flour. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to a simmer. Whisk until thick, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in  remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Combine sauce, turkey, and noodles in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish; top with breadcrumbs. Bake until golden and bubbling, 13 to 15 minutes. Serve warm.

PS: While I'm on the subject of not wasting food, I made some banana bread today from my quickly rotting bananas.  Turned out pretty good! Instead of using walnuts I added 1/2 cup of peanut butter to give it that nutty flavor without the crunch.  Turned out pretty tasty.

Happy Food Saving!
Love, T

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