Save Money On Groceries- Repurpose Leftovers!
I can’t help it, it’s not just about money, I hate wasting! Maybe the fact that I was partly raised by a great aunt who lived thru 2 world wars. She was born in 1900! (she was in her 70s when I was a kid and she was very healthy and active) Her motto was “Rien a la poubelle!” (Translation: Nothing in the garbage) And she meant NOTHING! She knew what it was like to not have enough and even when she was better off financially, she was still very careful.
As I am getting older, it is all coming back to me (and she thought she was wasting her time!) and I try my best not to waste (good) food. There is so much you can do with leftovers.
If you have enough leftovers, it’s easy to do a Leftover Dinner Night! Or if you have a good single portion, you can take it to work for lunch. But what if you don’t have enough for any of those options? Check out some of my suggestions below.
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Here are a few of my repurpose left overs “recipes”:
Repurpose Leftovers Ideas:
1. Stale Pita bread : Homemade Pita Chips
- Cut up the pita bread and add vegetable oil, sugar and cinnamon (even a little vanilla if you have some) and bake in the oven briefly et voila!
- Or add olive oil, Italian seasoning and parmesan or any other mix you may enjoy. They are so expensive at the store!
2. Stale Bread : French Toast (Called Pain Perdu in France)
- To make French toast all you need is eggs, milk, vanilla and sugar. You can also add cinnamon, berries or chocolate chips.
3. Or (Still With) Stale Bread : Homemade Croutons
- Make homemade croutons – Cut up the bread in little squares, season to taste (I like to mix with olive oil, Italian seasoning, garlic and parmesan) and put in the oven for about 15 mns. It’s so good, they don’t always make it into the salad!
4. Ripe Fruits : Smoothie
- Freeze them to make a smoothie later, almost any fruit, you can even add your leftover spinach leaves. My son makes a killer smoothie with berries, banana, coconut milk, spinach and vanilla. Check out the recipe: Clean Eating Coconut Milk Smoothie
5. Ripe Bananas : Banana Cake or Muffins
- Freeze them and make banana bread or muffin at your convenience!
6. Ripe Apples : Applesauce, Muffins or Pie
- Make homemade applesauce, apple muffins or apple pie.
7. Ripe Tomatoes : Homemade Salsa
If you have very ripe tomatoes or leftovers tomatoes from making stuffed tomatoes?
- Make a home made Salsa, it is so good. Don’t forget the cilantro, it makes a world of difference!
One of many Homemade Salsa Recipes
8. Small Amounts of Meat Or Vegetables
- Cut it up in small pieces and make stir fry or fried rice
9. Leftover Ham : Quiche
- If I am not ready to use it, I cut it up and freeze it until I am ready to make quiche. I make mine without crust, it’s gluten free and much faster to make.
10. “Everything But The Kitchen Sink” Frittata
- A large frittata or small muffin size frittatas with various fillings, easy to take on the go and perfect for breakfast.
11. “Everything But the Kitchen Sink” Omelet
- Make an omelet filled with whatever you have leftover: grilled peppers, chopped ham, broccoli, grated cheese…
12. “Everything But The Kitchen Sink” Soup
- Mix all your leftovers in broth and add some rice or noddles.
13. “Everything But The Kitchen Sink” Salad .
- Toss all your leftovers together: raw vegetables or even cooked, bits of cheese, onions, meats with lettuce and your favorite dressing.
Don’t Forget To Freeze Your Leftovers
If I am not ready to make any of those recipes , I freeze the leftovers until I am ready to do so. I don’t usually wait very long before I use them, maybe up to two-three weeks. My oldest daughter thinks my banana bread is better when I use the frozen bananas!
Reduce Waste + Save Money On Groceries!
We reduce waste and save money at the same time, and it’s all healthy food. What’s not to like!
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Do you have any special recipe to “repurpose” leftovers you care to share?
For more ideas, check out the following: