Five simple ways to makeover leftovers
Many families throw away money every week when they clean out the
fridge. Not eating leftovers or losing them in the fridge can bust the
grocery budget. While many kids (and adults) might not like eating
leftovers, there are simple ways to give leftovers a second chance.
better the second time around after the meat has had time to absorb the
seasoning. Give taco meat a new twist by serving taco salad, or mixing
it with re-fried beans and cheese and rolling it in a tortilla. Add it to
eggs for a spicy breakfast, or use it in a mexi-cali cornbread casserole
. Serve nachos on game day with taco meat, chili beans, cheese, and sour cream. The kids will love tater-tot nachos
and these twice baked taco potatoes
are a super cheap meal when using leftover taco meat.
chicken can be transformed into many different meals. Chop it up and use
for chicken salad, mix it with salsa and black beans for chicken tacos.
Shred it and add bbq sauce for bbq chicken sandwiches. Use it in
chicken pot pie, or add to to stir-fry veggies. Chicken is so versatile
it is worth cooking a whole chicken in a crock pot
and creating at least three meals from one chicken
Spaghetti and meat sauce
Serve it a little differently the next night as baked spaghetti
Use the meat sauce to top a pizza or fill a calzone. The noodles can be
mixed with vegetables in a pasta stir-fry, or mixed with a little cream
and romano cheese for an alfredo dish.
Leftover mashed potatoes taste great for breakfast when fried up as potato pancakes
. Use mashed potatoes to top shepherd's pie or as a filling for twice baked potatoes
Mashed potatoes can take center stage with a potato bar. Set out
several toppings and let everyone top their own cup of mashed potatoes.
Taco meat, shredded beef, grilled steak, chili, shredded cheese, sour
cream, grilled vegetables make great toppings.
A large roast can
last several meals with these leftover ideas. Use in shredded beef
tacos, by shredding the roast and mix with salsa. Shred the roast and
add to a salad with corn, black beans, and salsa for a twist on taco
salad. Mix shredded roast with bbq sauce and serve on rolls. Use
leftover roast in beef and bean soup
or as a filling in shepherd's pie.
This is the
easiest way to serve leftovers. Empty the fridge and create a buffet of
leftovers. Family members can go through the buffet and choose their
favorites on an oven safe plate. Reheat in the oven (or microwave) and
Grocery savings can be found in the fridge if by
planning one leftover night a week. Don't waste time and money by
throwing leftovers down the drain.Toni Anderson is founder of The Happy Housewife,
where she blogs about practical ways to live well, save more and have
fun. Toni is a military wife and stay-at-home (schooling) mom to seven
kids. She is also a Savings.com DealPro and teaches Savings Nation workshops that help people learn how to save up to 50% off their grocery bills.