Leftover rice from last nights dinner? Don't throw it out. Instead make these delicious appetizers for your family the next day and watch them smile. This is an amazing way to enjoy left over rice, providing a beautifully crunchy crust with creamy and heavenly cheesy interior.


3 cups rice

Total votes: 80

Ever have that coworker who microwaves a Hot Pocket at lunch and the smell is somehow the best thing in the world even though they are just filled with garbage?  It’s actually really easy to make your own home version!  They’ll do okay in the freezer for a week or two if your freezer isn’t too sub-arctic.  And yes, when you microwave them, they will produce that magnificent smell.


1 tube of pre-made pizza dough
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

Total votes: 105

This recipe is a surefire winner. Prepare on a cold, cloudy, wet day and it’ll warm you up in no time. Make sure to add the cream of the heat so that it does not separate.


4 chicken breasts, cut into roughly 1 inch cubes

Total votes: 75

One of our family favorites is fried ravioli. These bite-sized golden brown treats are a pleasure to behold and they go down equally well with a tall glass of milk, a chilled pint of beer or glass of Chianti.


Olive oil
1 cup buttermilk (or regular milk)

Total votes: 89

For something savory and delicious you can prepare these potato and spinach pancakes with marinara.


10 oz frozen spinach
2 tbsp olive oil

Total votes: 83

These adorably tiny appetizers are a great way to use up weird quantities of vegetable leftovers.  It’s really forgiving to whatever you have in the house-- I’ve even thrown in a little leftover cocoa to mix things up!  Even non-traditional chili stuff like eggplant, nectarines and squash is just killer in this little dish.


15oz tomatoes, diced

Total votes: 76

This rich, decadent dish hits a harmony of savory garlic and onion and sweet fresh shrimp in a creamy risotto.  It's easy to make and perfect for a luxurious weeknight dinner.


1 cup risotto
4 cups chicken stock
1 pound raw, fresh shrimp

Total votes: 147

You can serve the falafels over brown rice and steamed broccoli and peppers with the cold tzatsiki sauce for a more elegant dinner entrée.  Remember than there aren’t really any carbs (except for the light flour) on the falafel, so it comes off as a heavier meal than it really is.  Garnish with mint leaves.

My favorite is to lay the falafels in a flat bread with halved mini tomatos (heirloom if you can!) and whole mint leaves with the tzatsiki sauce.  They’re messy but portable, great for beaches and picnics and friends that love you no matter what.


1 can garbanzo beans
1 onion
3 garlic cloves, minced

Total votes: 147

Ok, so prepping the cactus is NBD.  No magic trick, just wash them and scrape a knife across them until anything you don’t want in your mouth scrapes off.  A rough scrub with a Brillo pad will do it too. Don’t bite into one before you cook it to see what it’s like raw.  I’ll tell you, it’s nasty.  There’s some sort of cactus goo inside that cooks out over low heat and becomes really delicious, but boy is it gross before then.  


1/2 a head of red cabbage

Total votes: 127

This rich, thin-crust gluten-free pizza is rich and flavorful with a classical Italian combo.


1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
4 cloves garlic, sliced
1/2 cup basil, chopped

Total votes: 110

My poaching theory is that for all of the ways to poach an egg, exactly one of them will ever work for you.  I tried them all.  Oh yes, I did the Mason jar thing.  It made eggs that were fused into metal rings that burned my fingers.  I did the slotted spoon lift it up trick.  My spoon went rogue and busted up the yolk.

But this one (THIS ONE WEIRD TRICK, internet!) seems to do it for some reason.  It gives me nice, diner-smooth eggs and it doesn’t make me do one at a time either.  


Dash of vinegar (this helps coagulation, but feel free to skip it)

Total votes: 188

Deliciously ripe avocado and crab make the perfect pair. Add to that some savory shrimp and the bright green flavors of your own homemade unique pesto and you’ve got a wonderfully creamy, flavorful pasta dish.


8 ounces dried spaghetti
1/3 cup  olive oil
1/3 ounce flat leaf parsley

Total votes: 125

As Lynn Rosetto Casper of NPR's "The Splendid Table" writes, "If you ask five different people what [their tenderizing] measures are, you are likely to get five different answers, all arcane."  

While full whole octopus is notoriously tricky to time out, this simple pasta dish uses pre-chopped and thawed frozen octopus.  While not as visually impressive as long, full octopus, it's an affordable and easy alternative and happily retains the octopus's sublime flavor.


1lb chopped octopus pieces, thawed
28 oz crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup basil leaves

Total votes: 115

I didn't feel like grocery shopping yesterday, so I went exploring in my pantry and freezer to find something to take the reigns for dinner and lunch the next day.  The only perishable fridge item in this is an egg and really, if you just don't feel like it, you can do without. 

This is so awesome for a meatball sandwich or with spaghetti noodles and tomato sauce.


1 lb ground beef
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
1 egg, beaten
6 oz tomato sauce

Total votes: 157

If you are simultaneously craving cheese sticks and also pancakes, firstly, hello friend!  While you can just make peace with ordering cheese sticks and a small stack at a diner (good news, they will probably serve it to you and not give you any guff), you could also combine the two and whip up a batch of syrniki.  

They’re super brunch foods and can be dressed up with applesauce, sour cream, fennel or honey.  


1 cup ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons sugar

Total votes: 133

This creamy vegan dessert is a beautiful substitute for ice cream.  Beneath its bright colors and slightly twee teacup presentation, it’s not overly sweet and has a flavorful richness that takes advantage of the full flavor of the fruits.  Because of this, it’s a recipe that definitely relies on fresh, ripe produce, so check out a local farmer’s market or organic grocers for the fruit.  


2 cups soft tofu
2 tablespoons vanilla extract

Total votes: 127

If you talk to someone from South Central long enough, they’ll get that dreamy look and tell you about Sunday morning menudo.  (I have done extensive research on this, i.e.: talking to anyone in my family.)  It’s an easy dish to make in a slow cooker and the ingredients are easily available and affordable in a Hispanic grocery store.


2 pounds honeycomb tripe, chopped

Total votes: 129

A sense of adventure might sound like the worst possible thing to cure a hangover, but this dark, rich Korean soup is known and named for its healing properties.  Its name translates to “soup to cure a hangover” so when your head is swimming, head for the Asian market and whip up a batch of magic.  (And maybe pop an ibuprofen.)


8 cups beef broth
1/2 cup Korean miso paste
1/2 onion, chopped

Total votes: 122

Whether you’re pulling yourself together from a night of drinking, powering up from a strenuous workout or giving your brain a boost, this Mexican mariscos owes its name to a promise of a “return to life.”  Adjust the heat factor to your preferences and serve with an ice cold beer for dinner or an egg and toast for breakfast.


1/2 large avocado, chopped

Total votes: 143

This lightly delicate, mild potato salad is fresh as spring and goes beautifully in any springtime spread.  


7 oz pickled herring
3 stalks celery, chopped

Total votes: 158


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