After the success of my last Nifty thrifty post, I decided to compile some more recipes I like that use up leftovers. This time, how to use up overripe bananas, leftover Chinese takeout rice (or any rice, of course), and leftover bread ends.
Leftover ingredient #1: Overripe bananas
You will need:
little bit of butter (or cooking spray)
one teaspoon of flour (doesn’t matter what kind)
3 ripe bananas
Grated rind and juice of one lemon
1/4 cup peanut oil
1/2 cup brown sugar or 1/2 cup white sugar and 1 tsp molasses
3 tablespoons of buttermilk or plain yogurt
2 cups unbleached AP flour, whole wheat pastry flour, or some other low-protein combination of flours
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 cup chopped dates (or figs)
You can take a fork to white sugar and molasses to make your own brown sugar. It’s super easy and it’s actually how they make commercial brown sugar too!
4. Ok, once you have set aside your banana puree, you can move on to the dry ingredients. Whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and cinnamon in a large bowl.
5. Take a tablespoon of flour and mix it with the chopped figs until they are fully coated with the flour.
6. Pour the banana mixture into the flour mixture along with the figs and stir to combine but not too much! Pour the batter into your pan and smooth out the top.
7. At this point I was set to put the pan in the oven when I realized I hadn’t added the figs. Oops! I dumped the figs on top and tried to squish them in the best I could.
Looks pretty good! Here it is once it cooled and I could cut it into slices.
Leftover ingredient #2: Leftover rice
For the basic recipe, you will need:
3 cups cooked rice
1 cup shredded cheese, such as cheddar or Monterrey jack
4 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
butter for greasing pie pan
salt and pepper to taste
You can also mix it up with:
1 cup mix of frozen, cooked or raw vegetables (e.g. frozen spinach, frozen mixed vegetables, cooked asparagus, raw baby greens) or cooked meat such as hamburger or sausage
- Preheat oven to 425. Grease one glass pie pan.
- Whisk eggs and milk in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- Mix vegetables, rice, cheese, pepper and salt in a large bowl.
- Pour egg and milk mixture into the vegetable and rice mixture and stir to combine.
- Pour the whole thing into your pie pan, then bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until the top is nicely browned.
Leftover ingredient #3: Bread ends and crusts
I’m not even going to link to a recipe because this is so easy. Collect bread ends in a gallon-size freezer bag and store in the freezer until you fill the bag. Then take them out, thaw them, and grind them up in a food processor to make bread crumbs. Store the bread crumbs in the freezer until you want to use them.
This is what I did with my accidental cumin bread. It also works great for stale bread. You can use these bread crumbs for meatloaf, meatballs, toppings for a casserole, binder for crab cakes, coating for fried chicken, the possibilities are endless.
So there you have it. Three more recipes to help you use up leftovers. Do you have any other leftovers you don’t know how to use up? Let me know in the comments!