Ahh, leftovers are like a gift from the universe. Especially on nights when you don’t want to cook or don’t have time. One of the most effective things you can do when you cook during the week is to prepare more food than you need and eat the remainder within the next few days as leftovers.
You’ll save time, money, and effort by cooking once and eating twice or more.
Throwing away our leftovers is bad for the environment, wastes our hard earned money, and sets a bad example for our children.
A lot of people don’t know what to do with their leftovers since they’re usually bits and pieces of previous meals so they throw them away. But don’t let a lack of creativity make you waste food!
Here are a few suggestions for transforming leftovers into brand new meals that will contribute to less wasted food and money at the same time.
Let’s be real, leftovers can become a gourmet sandwich with hardly any effort. Think about it, with a few simple touches like grilling bread with butter, adding a (homemade?!) sauce, and melting cheese you can have a monster of a sandwich on your hands. Also, don’t forget about breakfast sandwiches because they’re just as simple and possibly more delicious.
Leftover ingredients make the best soups because they are usually to the point and uncomplicated. Collectively most people would agree the key to a special soup is bringing out the flavor of the ingredients. Nearly every soup I make starts off with sauteing onion and garlic and then building flavor from there. Also, don’t be afraid to re-cook your protein or vegetables in butter or oil to bring out more flavor.
I bet a lot of you are already making quesadillas because they’re easy and delicious. In reality, all you really need to make a killer quesadilla is protein and a tortilla. So whatever else you add is a bonus.
I make a quiche nearly every week to clear out a lot of our leftovers that accumulate throughout the week. But if I don’t have leftovers in the wings, I still usually have dozens of eggs on hand (we love eggs, okay?) and can throw together a quiche very easily. Honestly, If you don’t have or want to use a crust it’s no big deal. Without the crust, you’ll be making a frittata instead and it will be much lower carb. So once you have a basic quiche recipe, you can put literally anything inside.
I was obsessed with casseroles when I first started cooking. Mostly I loved the fact that I could cook a bunch of ingredients together and it would be delicious. All you really need for a good casserole is enough liquid/wet ingredients to not dry out the casserole and some sort of binding ingredient like eggs.
Put it in a salad! What can’t you put in a salad? Whenever I decide to make a salad I start peeking around my fridge and pantry and always pull out amazing ingredients to add. Salads are magical because they pretty much put themselves together. Truthfully, as long as you have a stocked pantry you’ll have plenty of ingredients for a unique salad.
Thai Noodle Salad
Classic Cobb Salad
Leftovers can become their own delicious dishes with a little creativity. Soon enough you’ll be preparing certain dishes specifically for the leftovers you want to use the next day. Or start a leftover theme meal night.
What’s your favorite way to revamp leftovers? Do you have a recipe to share? Comment below!