Jumped on the ‘eating home cooked meals’ bandwagon and loving how it is helping you improve your health and save money at the same time? That’s great! One of the pitfalls of doing it, however, is the fact that there’s also a lot of leftovers that you’ll be dealing with, which you may be throwing away.
Reusing these leftovers is a great idea, and is not just good for your wallet, but for the environment too. Here’s how to do just that and more. Read on…
Wrap it Up!
Wraps are a super easy way to put leftovers to use and turn them into delicious meals. What’s best is the fact that you can use pretty much anything with these- extra sauces, veggies, grilled chicken etc, and they’ll turn out to be perfectly great as wrap fillings. The next time you have some extra chopped veggies or chicken from a gravy dish that hasn’t been eaten, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator and use it for a wrap dish the next day.
Burgers to the Rescue!
You can also utilize leftovers and whip up quick veggie or meaty burgers for a nice lunch or dinner. Look up some recipes that utilize the leftovers you have- shredded chicken, veggies, soy chunks etc and create burger patties. If you’re into healthy eating, use whole grain buns and loads of veggies, and grill the patties instead of frying them- easy peasy!
Pasta Sauce It!
You’d be surprised at how easily you can transform your leftovers into a lip smacking delicious pasta sauce! Got some legumes and veggies? Blend and add them to your tomato based pasta sauce and take it up a notch. Sauteed veggies can be great to be added to your regular bechamel sauce and can add that extra pop of color and nice crunch element as well. plus, you’ll also be saving so much prep time!
Time for a Soup
Wait what? Yes, you read that right. There’s no better way than adding your leftovers to a basic clear chicken or veggie soup. Got small portions of tofu, meat, legumes or veggies left- too small that you can make an additional meal out of them? Add them to your soup and you’re pretty much sorted! If you prefer thick soups, you can also add them to a food processor, blitz it and then combine it with clear soup until it reaches the right consistency.
Layer it, Bake it!
Got veggies and meats? You can easily make a nice casserole or baked dish out of it. Look up some good recipes that utilize the ingredients you have at hands, and then just go for it! Experiment with different ingredient combinations, and since casseroles are involved, make sure you are generous with the cheese.