Friday, April 1, 2011

Leftovers Recipe: Introducing The Leftovers Gourmet!!

The last thing I need is another project, I know this, but...

I just can't help myself - I love coming up with mouth-watering ways to use leftovers!  And of course I  want to share them. This is the age of sharing our lives on the internet, you know? So I am going to share them here. I am not going to promise on a specific schedule, but I am going to aim for weekly.

My first recipe is stuffed peppers from leftover spaghetti sauce. I had about 2 cups of spaghetti sauce with meat left over from two days ago, and this is what I came up with for it:

  • 2 or 3 large bell peppers - green, red, orange or yellow (I used one each red, green and yellow)
  • 2 or more cups of spaghetti sauce, leftover or not
  • 1 cup cous cous or rice
  • Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top (optional)
Cook the cous cous or rice according to package directions. 

Meanwhile, wash the peppers, cut them in half longways and remove the seeds and membrane. 

Rub the peppers with olive oil (I pour a little oil in my hand and rub it all over the peppers with my hands), put them in an oiled baking dish, cover with foil and make at 350 for about 10 minutes until they are partially cooked.

When the cous cous or rice is done, add the spaghetti sauce into the pan with it and mix them well. Let it remain on the stove until it is heated through, stirring occasionally. The sauce I used was chunky with lots of ground beef, tomatoes and carrots. You can use any kind, though.

Take the peppers out of the oven and fill them with the sauce and cous cous mixture. Top each one with Parmesan cheese, if you like.

Re-cover and cook for 30 minutes. Remove cover and cook for 5 to 10 minutes longer to brown.

Take them out and let them cook for 5 minutes or so before serving.

Add salad and bread to make a scrumptious dinner!!

(Dang! I forgot to take a picture of them! Well, next time!)

I have lots more ideas for using leftovers at my site, Frugal Living Now. Check it out! 
Or leave a comment about it here.

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SOiNTOiT said...

I love the....hmmm, almost aromatic taste a good bell pepper adds to anything acidic (like tomato). It's almost as good as basil :)

Holly said...

Yes, I agree!

Lisa.s said...

Yummy stuff! I hate leftovers, except when it's spaghetti sauce. It actually tastes better the next day, because the spices have had time to meld into each other.