Using leftover food
Love your leftover ingredients
When preparing a shopping list and planning meals, recognise those ingredients that are likely to create additional opportunities e.g. a roast chicken. This could be the basis for sandwiches for the family the following day, or perhaps a risotto for the following evening. Write your shopping list taking these leftover ingredients into account. If sufficient meat and vegetables are left over, individual portions could be frozen as an easy meal for a busy day.
Save money with leftover food and use it as packed lunch
Turn dinner into a packed lunch and save money – these leftovers could provide a delicious filling for your sandwiches. Another option would be to use leftover vegetables, meat and fish tossed with lettuce or pasta and your favourite dressing.
Purposely cooking too much
Many ingredients can be purposely cooked as leftovers, e.g. a double portion of pasta and rice that can be frozen for another occasion. Whilst concerns have been raised in the past regarding freezing and defrosting cooked rice, it is perfectly safe following the correct guidelines. This Love Food Hate Waste video highlights the process.
Using leftover vegetables for soups, stir fry’s and even a little bubble and squeak!
Leftover vegetables have so many uses in soups, stir fry meals or even just as bubble and squeak. A real favorite with many people, using leftover vegetables from your roast dinner for bubble and squeak is delicious anytime. In fact, in the past it was seen as a traditional British breakfast, AND it can be frozen for a future occasion.
Pasta sauces…just a little blend
There are endless opportunities to use leftovers as soup or as a pasta sauce – the simplest of sauces is made by blending leftover vegetables with a tin of whole tomatoes and using with your favorite pasta.
Frequently throwing away bread? Keep reading…
Bread and other bakery products are one of the items that most frequently gets thrown away. This excellent ‘Bakery Pudding’ recipe makes use of stale croissants, doughnuts, muffins and pancakes and can also help to finish up leftover jam, honey or marmalade. Why not give it a try! If you’re looking to use up your loaf, then why not treat yourself to a portion of bread and butter pudding.
Do you have leftover fruit or perhaps you have been blackberry picking – here’s an excellent recipe for a quick and easy apple and blackberry crumble which could be adapted to use other fruits as well.
Brown bananas aren’t always bad!
If you have some brown spotted bananas that need using up, try out these banana and honey muffins.
With all these possibilities, why not dedicate one night of the week as a ‘leftovers night’. Turn it into a fun activity for all the family and continue to search the many other excellent recipes available, in addition to those above.