How many of us save the leftovers every night, only to have them clutter your refrigerator and never get eaten? We finally throw them away before or after they look like a science experience gone bad.
When we finish a meal, most of us wash the dishes and wrap up the leftovers. If you fall among the ones that save the leftovers only to throw them away, how about saving some time and money by using those leftovers for new dinners?
Some people like leftovers and some do not. Still then, many will eat them one day out, but quickly get tired of eating the same thing over and over. Here’s a way to fix the problem if you or someone in your family is the same way.
For example, you prepare a roasted pork loin and rice for dinner one night. The family wants something else for dinner the following night so the pork loin gets pushed to the back of the refrigerator. Normally, that’s where it will stay until you clean out the fridge, right? It doesn’t have to.
Eating leftovers the way they were originally served is probably what’s turning family members off from wanting it again the next night. Your family doesn’t have to eat the pork loin as-is. Instead of packing up the leftovers, chop that pork loin up into bite size pieces.
Then, in a large skillet or wok, stir fry the leftover rice with a bag of frozen veggies, an egg, and some of the chopped pork loin to make pork fried rice. Add a little soy sauce and you’ve got a whole new dinner for your family.
This is just one way that leftovers can be turned into a new dish with a new flavor. The same can also be done using chicken, seafood, or beef.
If you have hamburgers left from dinner, chop them up until they resemble ground beef again. The meat can be combined with taco seasoning to make beef tacos. Or use it to create a pot of chili. If you have the imagination, there are an unlimited number of possibilities of what you can do with meats and side dishes from a previous night’s dinner.
Using a little leftover magic can make one meal last for two, three, or even four more days. But, you don’t have to eat it all in the same week. Fix a new meal with the leftovers and freeze it until you are ready to have that particular meat again. On that day, dinner will already be made, all you’ll need to do is heat it up.
You will save money on your grocery bill and won’t be throwing it away in the trash can as spoiled leftovers.
What other great meal ideas do you use leftovers for?