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Double Meat, Pasta-Free Lasagna

Double Meat, Pasta-Free Lasagna

Looking for a completely different way to use up turkey leftovers, and craving lasagna but currently staying away from pasta, I came up with this dish which turned out better than I expected. I had leftover spaghetti sauce, too.

I make this in single servings, but you could make up a whole batch of lasagna this way. The key is simply replacing the pasta with turkey. You could try it with any lasagna recipe you like. Here’s what I used.

Turkey, pulled apart pretty thin (no need to try to get it as thin as lasagna noodles!)

Meat sauce
Cottage cheese

It’s a pretty pared down lasagna recipe, and I didn’t even include the mozzarella every time I made it. Build it like you would regular lasagna, with the turkey making up the noodle layers. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes for single serving size made from cold ingredients out of the fridge.

Greens and Leftovers

Greens and Leftovers

Well, I was going to make mackerel croquettes when I realized I had some leftover chicken breast and leftover roast that really need to be used up. I also have some fresh spinach I need to cook before it goes bad.

I am making my basic greens cooked in bacon grease with garlic slices. I will cut up the roast and chicken and toss that in on top to heat near the end of cooking. Just to change things up a bit I may sprinkle some shredded parmesan on top.

I will serve this with steamed red potatoes (not really new potatoes, but close). It sounds so good, it seems a shame to call it leftovers.

Leftover Tortellini and Beef Stew

Leftover Tortellini and Beef Stew

Here is another variation on left-over soup. It does not require flour or broth. Any left-over cooked beef will work. Hamburger is the easiest. If you are using steaks or roast cut into bite size pieces.

Beef (cooked)
Tortellini (cooked)
corn (1 can)
green beans (1 can)
diced tomatoes (1 can)

Sauté onion and garlic in butter for 5 minutes. Add meat and any juices from meat. Continue cooking for 5 more minutes. Add tomatoes, green beans, corn, salt, and about 2 cups water. Stir. Simmer for 2 or 3 hours, longer if possible. Stir occasionally. Add water as needed until the last hour. Simmer for 30 mins to 1 hour after the last water is added for fullest flavor.

Fried Rice

Fried Rice

3 tablespoons coconut oil
1 – 1½ cups peas and carrots
1 – 1½ cups leftover meat (cooked)
Garlic powder
Onion powder
3 cups cooked brown rice
3 eggs
Tamari sauce (or soy sauce)

Heat coconut oil in skillet on med-high. Add meat, vegetables, rice, onion powder, garlic powder, and ginger powder. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes stirring occasionally. Beat the eggs. Make a well in the center. Pour in eggs and cook for about one minute. Gradually incorporate the egg into the rice and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until egg is done. Add tamari sauce to taste and cook for 2 more minutes.