How to use up leftovers

18 Mar

One great way to save on your grocery bill is to throw as little food away as possible. After all, you spent hard earned  money buying that food. Next time you throw something out, calculate how much you think it cost. I’ve been trying harder to not waste food, so here’s some ideas of how to use up leftovers:

Leftover Taco Meat-tacos, nachos, quesadillas, burritos, chili

Leftover Chili– chili mac, chili fries, baked potatoes and chili, chili dogs, or chili dip

Rice-stir fry, casserole, rice pudding, or soup

Mashed potatoes– shepherd’s pie

Miscellaneous Veggies-veggie soup, throw in a casserole or stir fry

Yogurt-smoothies, use in baking (My Mom’s Moist Banana Bread, or Healthier Banana Bread), or freeze to make a frozen yogurt treat

Sour Cream – dip, or use in baking (My Mom’s Moist Banana Bread)

Cream Cheese – dip or spread for toast

Bananas– make bread (My Mom’s Moist Banana Bread) when bananas are over ripe they’re actually better for bread. Freeze to make smoothies. Or freeze to make banana bread at a later date

Spinach– If it’s starting to wilt, just steam or saute it, after all when you cook it,you’re basically just wilting all of it

Baked Potatoes – twice baked potatoes, dice and pan fry as a side dish or to go in something like a breakfast burrito

Maraschino Cherry Juice-use to make a cherry smoothie (I’ve done this with the juice leftover in the cherry bottle and it adds cherry flavor and makes the smoothie a pretty pink color)

Pasta– make a casserole, throw in soup, serve with melted butter and Parmesan cheese! (this is really yummy!)

Coffee-freeze in ice cube trays and use to make coffee smoothies or use in ice coffees, this way as the ice melts it’ll add coffee flavor, rather than watering it down

Tea-Same as coffee

Old Bread– grate and freeze for bread crumbs (may be easier to grate if you freeze it first), cut into cubes and use in casserole, bread pudding or make croutons

Broken Cracker Crumbs-crumble into bread crumbs (I do this a lot with saltines) or use as a casserole topper

Broken Corn Tortilla Chips – keep in air tight container and use as casserole topping or bean soup or chili topping (I do this a lot…we always have an excess amount of corn chip crumbs!)

Meat Loaf-make a tasty meat loaf sandwich. When I was a girl my mom would make a meal of meat loaf, corn and potatoes, then for the next meal she’d just pan fry them all together! It was just as yummy as the first meal!

Carrots-carrot muffins, cake, bread or carrot raisin salad

Apples-pie, cobbler, apple sauce, apples and onions (I want to try this sometime, but haven’t yet)

Juice-freeze for smoothie use or freeze in a yogurt cup with popsicle stick in it to make a popsicle (you’re kids will thank you!)

Meats – stir fry, sandwiches (Whatever Sandwiches), soup, pot pie or pizza topping

Refried Beans – bean dip

Potato Skins-If you’re peeling your potatoes for a recipe scrub the skins and use to make cheesy potato skins

Eggs-deviled eggs, egg salad sandwiches or throw in stir fry

What are some creative ways you use up leftovers?


3 Responses to “How to use up leftovers”

  1. Mom March 18, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    Carrots can be cooked up and pureed, then use just like pumpkin for any pumpkin pie or bread recipe. Might need to drain them well.

  2. Liz June 11, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    I am still working on the leftover using skills, but today I took a leftover hamburger roll, spread a little leftover pasta sauce on it, sprinkled it with cheese, and put it in the oven for a little bit. It tasted kinda like an English muffin pizza, and stopped my tummy from growling. 🙂 I think I’ll do that with my other leftover hamburger roll tomorrow!

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