Since we are feeding a family of six now, wasted food makes me cringe. Our grocery bill is high enough without also being wasteful. Unfortunately feeding toddlers with finicky palates means food gets wasted far more than I’d like. One day they’ll scarf a bunch of bananas then refuse bananas for six weeks straight. I do what I can to reinvent leftovers so we waste less. For instance, leftover taco meat becomes spaghetti and meat sauce, grilled chicken is great in quesidillas, and pot roast is perfect for French dip sandwiches. Some leftovers pose a greater challenge.
One of my favorite go-to breakfast meals poses such a challenge. The quads typically devour crock pot oatmeal. In fact, they love it so much I double the recipe to make sure we have enough for second, third, and sometimes fourth helpings of it. Yet, sometimes there is leftover oatmeal, which doesn’t keep and reheat well. Yesterday, I decided to try using it to make cookies. I searched Pinterest for such a recipe, but came up short. I ended up creating my own recipe, and ended up with rich, chewy cookies. The quads demolished them during afternoon snack- a clear indication of a keeper recipe.
Leftover Oatmeal Cookies
2 cups cooked oatmeal
1 stick of butter softened
1/4 c. brown sugar
4 eggs (the cookies turned out a bit fluffier than I prefer so I think I’ll try fewer eggs next time)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking soda
freshly grated nutmeg
2 c. chocolate chips (raisins would work to create a healthier version, but we LOVE chocolate here)
4 c. flour (I added flour gradually until I had a soft dough, you may need more or less depending on the consistency of your oatmeal).
bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes until cookies are golden brown
Serve with cold milk!
Do you have a favorite way to reinvent leftovers?