Getting creative with leftovers with Costcutter

Getting creative with your leftovers  | rhianna olivia

This is a sponsored post written in collaboration with Costcutter.

I love cooking, and since we’ve moved into our own place I love it even more. I’ve been trying out as many different recipes as possible and I’m just loving it so much.

As a compulsive over-cooker, we always have a few tupperware boxes knocking about the fridge and the freezer filled with leftovers. I tend to just package up what’s left and we either take them to work for lunch, or freeze them and have them for dinner on a night where we can’t be bothered cooking.

Not long ago, Costcutter got in contact and asked if I wanted to take part in their #CCLoveYourLeftovers campaign. I’m never particularly imaginative with leftovers, it’s usually just a matter of re-eating whatever I’ve cooked, so I was really up to the challenge of creating some different meals all from one left over meal.

They sent me a big box of ingredients to make the most delicious winter beef stew (I looked like a right berk walking home from work carrying it) and a recipe card to follow, then left the leftover meal creations to my imagination.

Honestly though, this stew. WOW. So delicious and just so perfect for the cold weather we’ve been having – especially with some hot, buttered bread <3 <3 <3

Winter Beef Stew

Serves: 8            Prep: 20 minutes            Cook: 120 minutes

Ingredients Method
  • 900g stewing beef (diced)
  • 3 tsp vegetable oil
  • 4 beef stock cubes (crumbled)
  • 1L water
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 3 large potatoes (peeled and cubed)
  • 4 carrots (cut into 2.5cm pieces)
  • 4 sticks celery
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 tsp cornflower
  • 2 tsp cold water
  1. Brown beef in a large casserole dish
  2. Dissolve stock cubes in water and pour into pan
  3. Stir in rosemary, parsley and pepper
  4. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour
  5. Stir potatoes, carrot, celery and onion into the casserole
  6. Dissolve cornflour in 2 tsp cold water and stir into stew
  7. Cover and simmer for 1 hour
  8. Serve with crusty bread

 

 

Getting creative with your leftovers  | rhianna olivia
Getting creative with your leftovers  | rhianna olivia
Getting creative with your leftovers  | rhianna olivia
Getting creative with your leftovers  | rhianna olivia

For the leftovers, I wanted to give two different options – one that was really simple, quick and hearty and another that had slightly more cooking involved and tasted completely different to a stew to give some variety.

For the simple, hearty option, I decided to go with hot beef sandwiches.

For this recipe, we simply re-heated the leftover stew and added it to some bart-baked bread rolls.

We almost always have some part-baked bread rolls in our cupboard. They keep for ages, and it’s the easiest way to have hot, fresh, crusty bread in no time at all. You can usually find them on the bread aisle and I would recommend stocking some in your cupboard if you don’t already!

So simple and so delicious!

Hot Beef Sandwiches

Serves: 2            Cook: 10 minutes

Ingredients Method
  • Leftover Winter Beef Stew
  • Part-baked bread rolls

 

 

 

  1. Heat the oven to 180C
  2. Re-heat the leftover Winter Beef Stew
  3. Whilst the stew is re-heating, put part-baked bread rolls in the oven and cook for 10 minutes (or, refer to the cooking instructions)
  4. Slice the bread rolls, add the leftover beef from the stew and enjoy!
Getting creative with your leftovers  | rhianna olivia
Getting creative with your leftovers  | rhianna olivia

Getting creative with your leftovers  | rhianna olivia

For the second leftover recipe, I wanted to cook something that involved slightly more cooking and tasted totally different from the original stew to add some variety.

I ended up going with a savoury rice because they’re tasty and so easy to change up to your tastes.

Savoury Rice

Serves: 2            Prep: 10 minutes            Cook: 20 minutes

Ingredients Method
  • Leftover Winter Beef Stew
  • 75g rice of your choice (I used brown)
  • 200g can sweetcorn
  • 1 red onion (diced)

 

  1. Re-heat the beef stew
  2. Cook rice as per cooking instructions
  3. Drain rice, then add back to the pan
  4. Add sweetcorn and red onion and mix
  5. Add leftover beef stew and mix in (the more gravy/stock, the better)
  6. Serve and enjoy!
Getting creative with your leftovers  | rhianna olivia
Getting creative with your leftovers  | rhianna olivia
Getting creative with your leftovers  | rhianna olivia

If you want more creative ideas of how to love your leftovers, check out Costcutter’s website!

This was a sponsored post written in collaboration with Costcutter. All opinions are my own. Please see my full disclaimer for more information.

Follow:
Share:

8 Comments

  1. 4th February 2018 / 4:45 pm

    All these recipes look so warming and lovely for this time of year, I never use up my leftovers but these are really good ideas! Great campaign to be apart of! x

    Yasmin 💗
    The Sweet Seven Five

  2. Lauren Wilkinson
    30th January 2018 / 12:36 pm

    Stew is one of my default recipes over winter. It’s so easy, especially to use up leftover vegetables :)

    Lauren xx – bylaurenjane

  3. Josie
    28th January 2018 / 11:19 am

    Damn those sandwiches look amazing! I love crusty bread rolls and that beef stew sounds so hearty and healthy!! Great ideas here, I’m never imaginative with left overs either but love the idea of these!

    Daughter of An Air Hostess // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

  4. ninegrandstudent
    27th January 2018 / 6:22 pm

    I do love a good stew! I’d have turn it into a pie for sure, or maybe a suet pudding. I imagine it would be pretty easy to add spices and beans and turn it into a chilli too – you might be able to tell I love getting creative with leftovers!

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Foodie Blog

  5. 26th January 2018 / 7:02 pm

    A winter beef stew sounds so perfect! Love this idea, brill photos x

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

  6. 26th January 2018 / 3:16 pm

    I bloody love beef stew!! I loveee the look of the stew in rolls

    Abi | abistreetx/a>

  7. Saffron Amy-Rose Watson
    26th January 2018 / 12:05 pm

    This is such a good idea! I don’t usually think of imaginative ways to re-use/re-cook! I’m going to bookmark this post ☺️

    Saffron xxx

    http://www.saffronwatson.co.uk