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Preventing Food Waste…

With Miracle Leftover Night!
I was determined not to have any waste this week, so I took stock of the things that were a little old and decided to find a way to use them up. Last night’s spontaneous leftover dinner was Chicken and Rice Soup. The soup used up leftover chicken, rice, carrots, and an onion that was starting to dry out. After dinner, I made Lemon Berry Muffins which used up two lemons that were getting soft and leftover strawberries from making jam . I usually use raspberries when I make these muffins, but the recipe works well with strawberries.

Impromptu Chicken and Rice Soup

~1 1/2 garlic chicken breasts, cut up in bite size pieces
~ 1 cup leftover glazed carrots
~ 2 cups of leftover long grain and wild rice (Uncle Ben’s again)
~ 3 cups of leftover chicken stock (if you don’t have stock, just use 2 more cans of broth)
2 stalks of celery, chopped
~ 1/3 leftover medium onion, finely chopped
2 – 14 oz. cans of chicken broth
dash pepper, dash garlic powder, 1 teaspoon parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon basil or to taste
Combine chicken stock and chicken broth in large pot. Add celery and onion and spices (If you don’t have leftover cooked carrots add chopped carrots now.) and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Add chicken, carrots, and rice. Bring back to a boil to ensure carrots and chicken pieces are hot. Serve immediately.
N.B. This soup freezes well.
Lemon Berry Muffins Recipe
2 lemons, zested and juiced
1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 cups chopped berries
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour *
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt

In a bowl mix flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, blend the lemon zest, lemon juice,milk, oil, and egg. Mix in the white and brown sugar. Add the berries. Stir in the flour mixture until just moist. Fill pre-greased (or use liners)muffin cups 3/4 full with batter. Bake at 375 degrees for 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Makes 24.

* You can use Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour with this recipe.

N.B. When I make this recipe with raspberries I do not chop them. I have made this with previously frozen berries, but I find they bleed more and my muffins end up a light pink color. I have also put the batter in 2 bread pans, but I had to increase the baking time by about 10 minutes.

How did you use up your leftovers this week? Leave a comment and inspire me! Have a picture of your refrigerator science projects? Post a link from your blog to The Frugal Girl’s Food Waste Friday.

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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.

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