For some people, the idea of eating the same meal twice is unthinkable, especially when it comes to kids. For me, when a meal is really good, I don’t mind eating it again for lunch later in the week. It’s kind of the same idea as taking leftovers home from a restaurant. This saves time and money.
For those who do not like to eat the same meal twice in one week, I still recommend cooking enough food to have some leftover. The reason is because new meals can be created by combining leftovers from different nights. Sometimes, you have enough food to combine and reheat but sometimes you may need to cook some pasta or rice to change it up and stretch it out.
For instance, I like to take leftover meat which I cut up and put it in a skillet with some leftover veggies. I can make a sauce or gravy for it using a box of broth or soup. Just warm it through on the stove and I have a whole new meal in about 15 minutes.
I like to use soup and salad a lot. A leftover piece of chicken goes great with a bowl of soup. I always try to keep our favorite soups on hand for just that purpose. Plus, you can throw together a salad with things you already have such as lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, and any other veggies that are hanging around in your crisper. I love to grab green peas out of the freezer and toss them on a salad; they are great raw. Chop up some leftover chicken and warm it up, if you like, for the salad. What do you have that is canned? Corn, red beets, black beans, etc. can all be added to a salad. Put some tortilla chips on the side and call it a taco salad.
Challenge yourself to be creative. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Make omelets for supper with leftover beef, or sandwiches from sliced meat. Chicken salad is easy to make with just a few ingredients; you can do the same with leftover salmon. Enjoy it in a pitta, tortilla, or make a lettuce wrap.
Once you get your creative juices flowing you will be surprised what you can do with leftovers. What’s even better is that you can create and save any new recipe that you create right here by going into your cookbook and selecting Add New. You can share it with friends, too.