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Re-inventing leftovers: Tomatoes Bolognese (and a giveaway!)

Tomatoes bolognese on eatlivetravelwrite.comBrrr – the temperatures are getting a little chilly here in Toronto. T’is the season to start thinking about batch cooking comfort food dishes to fill your fridge and freezer. I’m a huge fan of cooking up big batches of things like soups, stew, pasta sauces – even roasting meats and vegetables on a Sunday afternoon to make sure I have food for the week’s lunches.  I’ve been really making an effort on the weekends to make some time to cook for the week ahead.

But sometimes you end up with leftovers that you (or your family) might get tired of before you’ve finished with them. That’s where you need to get creative with your leftovers. Last month, I wrote about 3 Delicious Ways to Re-Invent Leftovers over on the Real Women of Philadelphia website and today I’m asking you for your ideas! One of my favourite things to cook is a big batch of Bolognese sauce – not only does it make your house smell fabulous but it’s easy to make in large quantities.  However, after a few bowls of spaghetti Bolognese, you might be wanting something a little different.  I like to use leftover Bolognese sauce in lasagna, it works well in place of (or as well as!) tomato sauce on pizza, or how about making Italian-flavoured quesadillas or tacos?  I have to say, though, my personal favourite way to re-purpose Bolognese sauce is to hollow out vegetables  (peppers, eggplant or tomatoes) and fill them with the sauce. Top with some crunchy breadcrumbs and cheese and voilà – a whole new look for your Bolognese! (Also, an easy way to sneak some extra veggies in at dinnertime)!

Get the recipe for my Tomatoes Bolognese over on the Real Women of Philadelphia website!

 

Win a $50 Kraft gift basket (Canadian residents only)

That’s right, thanks to Kraft Canada/ Philly Canada I have a $50 gift Kraft gift basket including an assortment of Kraft products and a Real Women of Philadelphia apron and spatula to give away to one lucky Canadian resident reader.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling me your favourite way to re-invent leftovers.

For a bonus entry, tweet the following message: Enter to win a $50 @kraftcanada gift basket from @PhillyCanada and @eatlivtravwrite ! Details here http://bit.ly/1rUXdIw

then come back to leave me a comment on this post telling me you did.

Eligibility and contest rules

  • Open to to Canadian residents only.
  • No purchase of any product necessary for entry.
  • Winner will be chosen using Random.org from all qualified entries on Wednesday October 8th 2014 after 6pm EST.
  • Winner will be contacted via email on Thursday October 9th 2014.

 

Disclosure: I have received compensation for developing a series of posts for the Real Women of Philadelphia website in 2014.

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Canadians – win a copy of Charmian Christie’s “The Messy Baker”! Closes Wednesday October 8th at 6pm EST. Details here.

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59 Responses to Re-inventing leftovers: Tomatoes Bolognese (and a giveaway!)

  1. Laurel Bowers October 4, 2014 at 07:12 #

    I repurpose my bolognese sauce into taco filling by adding some puréed beans and cumin plus chili powder.

  2. Cindy October 4, 2014 at 07:55 #

    I work at a group home, and I’ve become good at turning leftovers into soup!

  3. April A. October 4, 2014 at 13:03 #

    I love the bolognese quesadilla idea! I love batch cooking – I like to make big batches of meatballs and freeze them. So easy to pull out during the week for pasta, sandwiches and wraps.

  4. Mr. Neil October 4, 2014 at 15:04 #

    Mr. Neil was indeed getting tired of the spaghetti…this rework was very good. (Though I prefer in pepper or squash versus tomato.) Add in some earthy hot spice, and it’s a nice last gasp.

    And much better than tossing in the green bin!

  5. Jonnie October 4, 2014 at 16:00 #

    I love turning turkey/chicken/roast leftovers into hot turkey/chicken/roast sandwiches…so good!

  6. Kristi Renout October 4, 2014 at 23:41 #

    I turn my leftover chicken and turkey into sandwiches. Not terribly exciting, but they sure taste good!

  7. Kristi Renout October 4, 2014 at 23:44 #

    I tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/CRobin9/status/518607435779817473

  8. Tracey October 5, 2014 at 00:17 #

    I like to make tacos with leftover meat and fish.

  9. maria October 5, 2014 at 13:42 #

    I make sandwiches with leftover chicken and turkey.

  10. Belinda McNabb October 5, 2014 at 17:36 #

    Using left over chicken to make fajitas, soup or tacos

  11. Belinda McNabb October 5, 2014 at 17:38 #

    tweeted

    https://twitter.com/Prairiebelle/status/518877739835981824?lang=en

  12. Rebby October 6, 2014 at 02:58 #

    I’m a huge fan of simple…so when I have any sort of left over meat I usually turn it into sandwiches with various different fixins!

  13. Rebby October 6, 2014 at 02:59 #

    I tweeted https://twitter.com/RebTheCatSitter/status/519019126267056128

  14. Jane Reid October 6, 2014 at 10:09 #

    I love to make a Curry with left overs

  15. Jane Reid October 6, 2014 at 10:11 #

    I tweeted https://twitter.com/MushypeaJane/status/519127642449387520

  16. Cathy October 6, 2014 at 11:37 #

    Nigel Slater does a great haddock chowder, then suggests a left over haddock chowder pasty using puff pastry. I also do a butternut squash soup then use the left over soup as the liquid in a risotto. Lovely!!

  17. Elizabeth Vlug October 6, 2014 at 12:22 #

    I love to use my leftovers in casseroles like hash. Take some chicken, add some veggies and maybe a cream sauce or gravy, then a topping of biscuits or stuffing. I love leftovers 🙂

  18. Mark V. October 6, 2014 at 12:22 #

    I reinvent my left overs into caseroles.

  19. Elizabeth Vlug October 6, 2014 at 12:23 #

    I tweeted too. @Redlizzy1

    https://twitter.com/Redlizzy1/status/519160844798935040

  20. Mark V. October 6, 2014 at 12:30 #

    my tweet https://twitter.com/vilmark/status/519162763461922816

  21. Christine October 6, 2014 at 12:40 #

    I use my leftover meats and veggies in stir frys!

  22. Christine October 6, 2014 at 12:41 #

    I tweeted too!

  23. michelle matta October 6, 2014 at 13:33 #

    Firstly, I tweeted. Secondly, my favourite way to use leftovers is to eat a basic chicken breast one night, and cut it up for fajitas the next.

    my tweet: https://twitter.com/littlemmm/status/519178516240560128

  24. Leanne Parker October 6, 2014 at 13:57 #

    I use leftover meat to make sandwiches or if I’ve roasted a whole chicken, I’ll make stock using the bones and throw in the leftover chicken some veggies to make soup.

  25. Glogirl October 6, 2014 at 14:56 #

    I like to reinvent leftovers by using leftover meat for example to make sandwiches, salads, pasta dishes etc.

  26. Glogirl October 6, 2014 at 14:57 #

    Tweet~ http://twitter.com/glogirl3/status/519199751380934657

  27. nicolthepickle October 6, 2014 at 15:27 #

    I’ve discovered how good leftover stuffed peppers and cabbage rolls are in soup. I just heat up some water plus chicken OXO and add the pepper, along with their filling. It’s my favourite way to have rice now leftovers or no.

  28. nicolthepickle October 6, 2014 at 15:28 #

    Tweeted as well https://twitter.com/Nicolthepickle/status/519207430014910466

  29. Courtney October 6, 2014 at 17:27 #

    I like to make casseroles with leftovers!

  30. Courtney October 6, 2014 at 17:28 #

    I tweeted https://twitter.com/CourtneyFudger/status/519237383712407552

  31. Angie October 6, 2014 at 17:51 #

    I like using leftover meat and tossing it on a salad the next night, paired with some fresh garlic toast – quick and easy dinner!

  32. Angie October 6, 2014 at 17:51 #

    I tweeted about this. https://twitter.com/crazyladybibs/status/519243177371664385

  33. angela m October 6, 2014 at 19:43 #

    I love to turn leftover chicken and turkey into soups.
    thanks
    flower_child_23(at)Hotmail(dot)com

  34. Cassey C October 6, 2014 at 19:45 #

    I use leftovers and stir fry them!

  35. Cassey C October 6, 2014 at 19:46 #

    Tweeted! https://twitter.com/cassey48/status/519272376136388608

  36. jan October 6, 2014 at 19:48 #

    Extra rice makes great fried rice or rice and beans

  37. Robert Wise October 6, 2014 at 21:02 #

    I use leftover mashed potatoes in shepherd’s pie.

  38. Robert Wise October 6, 2014 at 21:05 #

    tweeted for the bonus entry. 🙂

  39. seham merzib October 7, 2014 at 06:17 #

    making them to soup

  40. seham merzib October 7, 2014 at 06:18 #

    tweeted https://twitter.com/merzibsuz/status/519431578791837696

  41. Brenda Penton October 7, 2014 at 06:38 #

    I love taking leftover turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving dinner and making sandwiches out of it with a little bit of cream cheese added to it.

  42. Brenda Penton October 7, 2014 at 06:39 #

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/NewfieChic/status/519436663869956096

  43. Julie Bolduc October 7, 2014 at 07:21 #

    I like to make spaghetti and chicken its so goood with leftover cchicken

  44. Sunshine G October 7, 2014 at 09:48 #

    I love roast beef dinner the night after, morphed into beef dips.

  45. Sunshine G October 7, 2014 at 09:48 #

    Tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/sgudlaug/status/519484315282198528

  46. Carol M October 7, 2014 at 11:32 #

    I like using leftover ham/chicken in sandwiches or salads.

  47. Carol M October 7, 2014 at 11:35 #

    I tweeted

    https://twitter.com/carollushka/status/519511115408343040

  48. Karla Sceviour October 7, 2014 at 19:01 #

    I love leftovers,,If i have leftover cooked chicken or turkey,,it is good for hot turkey sandwiches or stirfry,,pot of soup,etc,,many things!

  49. Karla Sceviour October 7, 2014 at 19:08 #

    I tweeted
    https://twitter.com/ksceviour/status/519623621870747650

  50. Monica October 7, 2014 at 19:18 #

    I like to make sandwiches out of leftover meat !

  51. Monica October 7, 2014 at 19:21 #

    I tweeted here! https://twitter.com/MonicaB__/status/519628419546370048

  52. Josh S October 8, 2014 at 01:22 #

    I turn leftovers into salads or sandwhiches.

  53. Josh S October 8, 2014 at 01:22 #

    tweeted https://twitter.com/jnunavut/status/519719522425507840

  54. Andrea Amy October 8, 2014 at 12:26 #

    Depending on the leftovers…I like to make things like pot pies, soups, shepherds pie, sandwiches…

  55. Alyssa C October 8, 2014 at 17:39 #

    My leftovers typically get turned into casseroles. Jumble everything together and throw it in the oven! Hasn’t failed me yet 🙂

  56. Alyssa C October 8, 2014 at 17:40 #

    Tweeted! https://twitter.com/foreversunny00/status/519965571450810368

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