|Get the best of Oprah.com in your inbox. Sign up for our newsletters!|
The Best New Way to Use Leftovers
The solution is as easy as a hand-held treat that also happens to be one of the most foolproof baked goods you can make. I'm talking about muffins, which allow for infinite variations. While they're best known in their sweet form--blueberry, lemon poppy seed, banana-cinnamon-nutmeg-applesauce-walnut--savory muffins are just as delicious. Here's how to turn three common leftovers into the perfect breakfast, snack or lunch or dinner side.
Roasted or mashed sweet potatoes: Use these beta-carotene-rich vegetables in place of pumpkin in this recipe (one-and-a-half to two medium sweet potatoes will give you a cup of sweet potato puree), and try adding chopped dates along with the pecans or walnuts.
Steamed broccoli: Provided the florets aren't coated in soy sauce, chop them and mix, along with a half-cup of shredded cheddar, into corn muffin batter. Art Smith's recipe is a perfectly simple one to tinker with; just use muffin tins instead of a cast-iron skillet.
Oatmeal: All you need is a cup of cooked oats; the rest of the ingredients are staples. Blogger Amanda Soule has the simplest recipe ever: 1 cup cooked oatmeal, 1 egg, 1 Tbsp. melted butter, 1/2 cup milk, 4 Tbsp. sweetener (honey, sugar or maple syrup all work well), 2 Tbsp. baking powder, 1 1/2 cups flour, and 1/2 cup "extra somethings," whether raisins, chocolate chips, berries or nuts. Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.
How to store food so it lasts longer
How long will food keep in the freezer?
You bought in bulk...now what?
Please note that Harpo Productions, Inc., OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, Discovery Communications LLC and their affiliated companies and entities have no affiliation with and do not endorse those entities, projects, or websites referenced above, which are provided solely as a courtesy. You should conduct your own independent investigation before using the services of any such entities, projects, or websites. Information is provided for your reference only.