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One of the biggest ways we waste money in our grocery budget is by having to throw out uneaten food. Let’s face it, although some leftovers get gobbled up, we often find ourselves with odds and ends. Every little bit of leftovers you have to throw out is money you could have saved. So how can you make the most of these leftovers?
Here are some specific ideas for those tricky leftovers. Try some of these tips and maybe you’ll find yourself running out of leftovers!
Pasta: Pasta just never seems as good reheated. It can get hard, dry, or even gummy, depending on how you prepare it.
One of the best things about pasta is that makes a versatile starter for many different meals.
Bread: Uh oh, you overbought bread during that last sale. In an ideal world you’d either freeze or use up all the bread but sometimes you just can’t finish it in time. What now?
Cheese: Cheese has the wonderful ability to be able to used in many different dishes. In many cases the type of cheese doesn’t impact much besides taste.
Rice: Another great base to start a dinner from because it is bland. But rice can be funny after it’s refrigerated and become brittle or hard. So I don’t recommend simply heating it up in the microwave. The results won’t be that great.
Meats: Depending on the type of meat there are plenty of options. And since the meat is already cooked, leftover meat can get you a meal in no time at all.
Vegetables: Leftover vegetables might often find their way into the trash. Fortunately there are a lot of ways to use vegetables that do not require a large quantity.
The bonus for the nuggets and the soup is that both of those could be easily frozen and eaten at a later date.
I hope this gave you some ideas the next time you find yourself at a loss with what to do with all those leftovers. The big thing is to remember that you DON’T always need a lot of a type of leftovers in order to make something tasty. Also, trying to look for meals or snacks that might use up more than one leftover and don’t be afraid to try something new!