Shoestring Meals - Turn Leftovers into a Delicious Peasant Meal

Do you ever have one of those crazy days when you rush in the house from a busy day and realize that you haven't given a thought about dinner? Those are the days that I like to do leftovers. But I don't like to call them leftovers, that's boring. You need to sell a leftover meal, give it some appetizing interest. I like to turn Leftovers Day into a Peasants Meal (don't ask me where the term peasants meal came from. I just like the way it sounds.) To make a Peasants Meal you take out all of the leftovers that are in the fridge, warm them up and serve them with fresh bread, cheese, and whatever fresh fruit and veggies that you have on hand. It's kind of a free for all. Everyone gets to eat what they want and everyone's happy.
The fresh bread is really the anchor to a successful Peasants Meal. Fresh warm bread makes everything taste better. Here is my favorite bread recipe to accompany a Peasants Meal. It is hearty and delicious and best of all quick and inexpensive.

Quick Honey Orange Wheat Bread
You will need:
  • 1 1/2 C wheat flour
  • 1 C white flour
  • 1/2 C oatmeal (quick will work but I like the texture of the regular cut better)
  • 1 Tbl oatmeal
  • 1/4 C brown sugar (cut this to 2 Tbl if you want less sweetness)
  • 1 Tbl orange zest
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 C buttermilk (or sour regular milk by adding 2 Tbl lemon juice or vinegar and allow to sit for 2 minutes.)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp honey

Easy directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray 1 1/2 quart casserole dish with cooking spray and sprinkle 1 Tbl of oatmeal in pan. Turn the pan to coat.
  3. Combine flours, oatmeal, Brown sugar, orange zest, baking powder, soda, salt. Blend with a wire whisk until well combined.
  4. Add milk and egg. Stir until moistened.
  5. Pour batter into baking dish.
  6. Bake 50-60 minutes.
  7. Cool 10 minutes then turn onto a cutting board.
  8. Brush top with 1 tsp. honey.

This bread is great when served warm. If you do end up with left over bread, enjoy it toasted for breakfast - Oh, so good!

How does your family like to eat leftovers?

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