Monday, April 13, 2009

Living up Leftovers

I get really tired of eating the same dinner two nights in row, but I find that each dinner I make has plenty of servings so it wouldn't be very cost effective to just throw them away. So here's the solution I've come up, meal plan to use your leftovers in a different way so it's like a whole new meal. I find this works best with a large pieces of meat like a roast or whole chicken, which are perfect for the crockpot (but that's a whole post in and of itself). Here are some of my favorites:

  • Use leftover corned beef and cabbage for Reuben sandwiches.

  • Make a whole roasted chicken and shred leftover chicken for tacos, salads or burritos. Also you can use to make a great chicken noodle soup.

  • Roast Beef. Use leftover roast for french dip sandwiches.

  • Use leftover meatloaf (yes I eat it and love it) for meat in pasta sauce.


  1. Other ideas: use your leftover meat bones to make stock and freeze it. You can use basically any meat and vegetables to make a soup, then freeze leftover soup for some night when you're in a hurry. You can serve almost anything over rice to stretch it. Or take leftovers, add liquid and cooked pasta and make a casserole. Take your leftovers for lunch. Buying lunch at work adds up really fast.

  2. Use leftover vegetable parts to make vegetable stock. When you cut the ends off of asparagus, carrots, squash, whatever, save the "cast offs" throughout the week in a container in the fridge. At the end of the week, make veg stock and freeze it for future use. The stuff you buy in the store is full of sodium--this is much better!