Monday, December 30, 2013

Repurpose - Reuse- Recycle

Whatever you want to call it, I am a firm believer in "waste not want not!"  My mom was especially good at repurposing everything!  She was a recycler long before it was cool... or even called that.  She just knew that you didn't throw anything away.  So following Christmas, and all the associated leftovers, tonight we have, not leftover night, but repurpose night.  Took some of that beautiful ham and a big handful of leftover peas and threw them in a dish of homemade scalloped potatoes.

And here you go.  And you're welcome!

Scalloped Potatoes
2 T butter
2 T whole wheat flour or other thickener
1-1/2 cups milk (I use almond milk)
medium onion, chopped
3 large potatoes, thinly sliced (I prefer not to peel them but you can)
1 C leftover ham, chopped, optional
3/4 cup peas, optional
1 C cheese, optional

Preheat oven to 350.  Butter a square baking dish.  In a saucepan, melt butter over medium heat.  Saute onions in melted butter until soft.  Add flour and stir.  Add milk all at once.  Continue stirring over medium heat until it thickens.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
Pour a third of the sauce in the bottom of prepared baking dish.  Layer in potatoes, ham, and peas.  Pour more sauce over that.  Layer in potatoes, ham, and peas.  Pour remaining sauce over top.  Add cheese on top, if using.

Cover and bake about 45 minutes until potatoes are soft.


  1. Does the white whole wheat flour count as clean? The bag says it is whole wheat, and the flour is brown, but it is pulverized as finely as white flour. Thank you!

  2. Thanks for asking. Great question. The Gracious Pantry wrote a great article that really explains it well.... I actually avoid wheat flour, but still eat it some and use it in recipes. But if I use it, I often use white whole wheat from Trader Joe's.