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Leftovers, leftovers, leftovers. That's what we'll be having this week. We've been going from one event to the next and leftovers are spilling out of our refrigerator.
What We Do With Leftovers
In our home we kind of always have leftovers in one form or another. I cook too much. My husband snacked before dinner and isn't that hungry. I wasn't that hungry. Etc. Etc.
Usually my husband eats our leftovers for breakfast or lunch. He's really good about that and that keeps them at bay.
Occasionally we have more leftovers than he can eat and I create new dinners from them. Since I cook varied meals throughout the week they don't often go together. Meaning I can just make a big soup from them as the tastes will catch.
One of the main things we do with our leftovers is just reheat them in separate little pots (I'm not a big fan of the microwave) and each person picks what kind of dinner they want that night. Not very innovative but it works in a small family.
Better Things to Do with Leftovers
But there are better things to do with leftovers.
List the leftovers. Put a magnetic pad on your refrigerator. When you put away a leftover, note the item, date, and, if you're recycling containers, note that too. (“Green beans, 2/16/17, cottage cheese container.”) Next time you go for a meal or snack you'll be able to know what you have at a glance.
Discover some creative uses for your leftovers. Shepherd's pie, vegetable soup, and casseroles are just some of the innovative ways that you can use your leftovers. Crumble stale (but not moldy) bread in the blender to make bread crumbs, add seasonings and you can freeze them if you do not need them right away. Stale bread can also be made into homemade croutons for salads. And leftover meat can be incorporated into chicken salad, wraps, or soups and stews.
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My Weekly Menu Plan:
Monday: Leftover Pizza
Tuesday: Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Russian Shredded Beef Sandwiches
Thursday: Lentil Soup and Turkey Sandwiches
Friday: Oven Nachos
What’s on your menu?
- Find more menus to inspire you from other bloggers at Organized Junkie.
- Read some Menu Planning articles for tips on planning your weekly menu