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I'm Mama Harris, the wife and mother to a large blended and multicultural family. In my lifetime I've been a single mom, a step-mom, a working mom and now a stay at home mom. My kids range in age from toddler to newly adult and I write about my kitchen adventures and the variety of foods and recipes I feed my family at From the Kitchen of Mama Harris. I've experienced all aspects of mommy-hood and look forward to sharing my kitchen tips, tricks, recipes and shortcuts!

5 Easy Recipe Ideas for Leftover Rice

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Rice is a staple in so many homes, it’s an easy ingredient to whip up as a quick side, or even as part of a main dish. My husband and son are rice fanatics. They will literally make a pot of white rice and eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even a midnight snack. They like to add a little milk and sugar to it, so it’s sort of like an oatmeal. Often when they make their big pot of rice they leave a lot of leftovers that I’m left with to figure out how to use. They don’t even use the leftover rice the following day, they just make another pot.

Through the years this has left me with a predicament, because I hate to waste food. So I’ve discovered quite a few ways to use this leftover rice to my advantage, it’s kind of like meal planning and it’s a great time save since it’s already been prepared. SCORE!

This is actually a great problem for the busy mom to have. A lot of really good meals that include rice actually call for the rice to be cooked a day or two in advance. Otherwise, it may become too mushy when you add it to your dish. Using leftover rice is actually a great option! Here’s a few ideas to get you started.

Ideas for Leftover Rice:

  • Rice pudding. Mix rice with some milk, butter, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla and you have yourself a delicious treat!
  • Stir fry. The best stir-fry begins with a good cooked rice and oil. You can add scrambled eggs and vegetables, or even customize it with chicken, beef or shrimp!
  • Chicken soup with rice. A good, hearty soup is a great way to use up some leftover rice. It’s especially helpful during the polar vortex that much of the country is experiencing, great way to keep you nice and toasty!
  • Sausage and rice casserole. A hearty casserole is another great option, and an efficient way to create a quick meal with all that leftover rice!
  • Black bean and rice burritos. A great dish on it’s own, or you can even add eggs, vegetables and salsa to create a delicious breakfast burrito. Perfect for leftover rice the next morning!
Do you make rice often? What is your favorite rice based dish?

10 Creative Ways To Use Turkey Leftovers

Categories: kid friendly meals, leftovers, recipes, thanksgiving

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It seems every year that I get a little more overzealous with Thanksgiving. We have our tried and true favorites that we always love to whip up each year, but throughout the year I see a few new recipes I’d like to add or try. Thanksgiving ends up being a huge feast with a ton of leftovers that sometimes is too much for even my big family to enjoy. With all those amazing side dishes and delicious desserts, everyone wants a little taste of everything and then you can be left with a lot of turkey and no idea what to do with it all. Leftover Thanksgiving turkey is one of my favorite types of leftovers because it’s so versatile! Here’s some great ideas to get you going with your turkey leftovers.

  1. Turkey Noodle Soup. I make this every year! I even have a recipe for it on my blog, and it always hits the spot after all that heavy Thanksgiving food. You just boil the turkey carcass in a huge pot filled with water. After simmering for a few hours, the meat falls off the bone, you skim the liquid and drain out all the solid pieces and you have turkey broth and a lot of delicious meat.
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