I usually give myself a break from menu planning and warm old dishes up and let everyone choose what they want. This also helps me to know which dishes they *really* liked. But every so often, and today was one, I begin to make entirely new menus from the leftover food.
The veggies I overbought at the Farmer's Market last weekend were fine, not fresh. I made a vegetable soup without oil or tomatoes - just onions, leeks, carrots, 1/2 eggplant, potatoes, and used 5 cups white chicken stock for the broth. (Chicken broth would be fine). When I'm ready to serve I'll tear spinach (also from Farmer's Mkt trip) and add to soup.
Needed to use up rest of eggplant and leftover chicken. Made a 'leftover casserole' of eggplant, chicken, 1/4 bottle of l/o Prego marinara, added a little feta and found the last of the meat marinara to add to the mix. Topped with breaded parmesan used to prep eggplant.
Leftover persimmon cake: turn it into bread pudding with orange caramel sauce.
This was a fun morning in the kitchen! What do you do with your leftovers?