My husband served 20 years in the Air Force as an enlisted man, I was a stay at home mom to our seven Progeny. We know how to make those pennies squeak and how to make the most of leftovers because we had to. Here are some of the ways I’ve used up the last bits of leftover roast beef- all the links are to my family’s recipes. Links for other leftovers are at the bottom of the post. Enjoy!
- Cut it up and add it to homemade stew or soup. For instance:
- Try leftover roast beef instead of ground beef in this beef and turnip stew (substitute carrots for turnips if you are not a fan).
- Use it in this Italian beef stew (which also freezes very well).
- It’s really good and easy to use in this skillet meal called beef paisano–
- This lentil-barley stew, and all the above dishes can serve a family of five for under 5.00)
- Shred the leftover roast beef, mix with bar-b-que sauce and have it over buns (this home-made bar-b-que sauce uses a can of tomato soup for the base. Or, for an Asian flavor, simmer 4 cups leftover roast beef gently in:
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons dry sherry
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Chinese Five Spice
1/2 Tablespoon ginger
- Shred the meat with a fork and knife, mix with cream cheese for sandwich filling, a cracker spread, or to have with celery for a low-carb snack.
- Cut up small and put it in gravy for biscuits with gravy (make your own biscuit mix; use this yummy white sauce for gravy)
- Cut up small and mix with gravy (see above) and have it over baked potatoes;
- Have it in quesedillas (spread grated cheese over half of a tortilla, top with small amount of shredded roast beef, onions if you like, herbs, etc- or not- fold tortilla in half, fry in skillet until tortilla is golden brown, flip, fry til golden- put on a plate and eat- have sour cream or salsa if desired);
- Add it to chili (substitute pinto or kidney beans for the white beans, and leftover beef for the chicken in this recipe, add a can of tomatoes))
- Cut up small and mix it with refried beans for burrito filling- there’s a recipe here, just substitute the leftover cooked roast beef for the ground beef.
- Add it to pot pie- turn this very easy, inexpensive and delicious savory vegetable pie into a carnivore’s dish with just one half to one cup of diced roast beef!
- Make it part of an omelet filling
If the amount you have seems too small for some of these, think of the roast beef as seasoning, flavoring rather than the main ingredient.
You can also use these ideas for other leftover meats as well, chicken, turkey, pork, lamb- and you can click through for more of our family’s recipes and other ideas for stretching the grocery budget.
Here’s a recipe for make ahead meatballs that you can use several different budget-stretching ways.
If you think these ideas are helpful, you should see my other post with even more delicious ideas for leftover roast beef! Stretch the meat, save on your grocery bill, cut back on spending and trips to the grocery store, reduce your waste, and still eat well.
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Leftover BBQ Chicken (you can also use these recipes with BBQ pork or beef)
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What’s your favorite way to use up leftovers? Share in the comments.
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