We always use up our leftovers as we don’t like to see food wasted. This also saves us money as we make our food go further.
(I would like to point out that when I refer to “leftovers” I mean extra food that is not “served up” not leftovers from a plate!)
Knorr have teamed up with Love Food Hate Waste:
“As part of our partnership with Love Food Hate Waste, we’re committed to helping people get the most from their food, reducing the amount that goes to waste and saving them money at the same time.”
As part of this campaign, they sent me a selection of Stock Pots, Gravy Pots and Recipes to help me give my Christmas and New Year leftovers a new lease of life.
Being vegetarian I could only taste the Vegetable Stock Pot, which I have used many times before. The rest of the family tried out the meat versions for me.
Using Left-over Vegetables
My favourite way to use up leftover vegetables is to put them in a soup. Any vegetables can be used, even those leftover from Christmas Dinner Brussels Sprouts! With just vegetables, a stock pot and water you have yourself a delicious meal.
Marco Pierre White’s top tip when cooking the vegetables from scratch is to fry the vegetables first to remove the water content, “this intensifies the flavour”.
After having Potato and Brussels Sprout soup as a pot luck leftovers meal, Danny asked for it again one lunch time when he was feeling poorly. Needing to make the soup promptly as he was hungry I grabbed a tin of new potatoes, frozen Brussels sprouts and a Knorr Vegetable Stock Pot. Dinner was served!
Soup can be liquidised if preferred- a great way to “hide vegetables” for fussier eaters.
If you have leftover meat too, use your Knorr Stock Pots to make a Stew and add some homemade dumplings.
Using Leftover Mince
If we have any mince (soy mince in my case) leftover from Spaghetti Bolognese or Tacos, then we use it up by refreshing it with a Stock Pot, then covering it with Mash Potato, Pastry or layering it with Lasagna.
Leftover Stir Fry
I really enjoy a stir fry of soy pieces, pepper, bean sprouts, noodles, stock pot and soy sauce.
The problem I found was if I went to reheat it the next day it would be quite dry and stick to the pan. Adding more soy sauce did not help and I didn’t want to make it oily. The solution? Add a Knorr Stock Pot then reheat.
If you want to make it into a Chinese Style Soup, add more water .
Leftover Mash Potato
I found the same tip worked with mash potato. Add a Knorr Stock Pot, reheat and serve as a side.
Alternatively, stir in a stock pot and grated cheese, cover with grated cheese and bake in the oven. I love Cheesy Potato Pie! This can also be used on top of mince or sausages.
I think that Knorr Stock Pots are a great store cupboard essential. They help to flavour meals instantly and are very handy to reuse leftovers.
I find the Stock Pots are easier to use than Stock Cubes which you had to crumble and dissolve first.
Knorr Gravy Pots
On New Years Day, the rest of the family tested the Gravy Pots.
They are very quick to make- just add water.
They were tasty but my family would have preferred them to be a little less salty.
They also make an Onion Gravy Pot. I would love to taste this- I expect it would be nice with sausage and mash!
Have you tried Knorr Stock Pots before? What are your top tips or recipes to use up leftovers?
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