It’s the end of the week and it’s time to clean out your fridge. Don’t trash these leftovers if you have them. Put them to these great uses instead.
If you made a big roast and didn’t quite finish it at dinnertime, don’t throw it away. Cut what’s left into chunks and use it in a beef stew, or shred it and coat it with barbecue sauce for a tasty barbecue sandwich.
Ground beef or turkey
If you cooked up a bit more ground meat than you needed, simply freeze what you don’t use and thaw it out the next time you make spaghetti sauce or tacos. You’ll be thankful for the saved step.
So you couldn’t finish that giant steak your hubby cooked up? Don’t toss that pricey meat. Slice it up and sauté it with onions and peppers for a great steak sandwich. The secret is to cook the veggies completely before adding the meat. It’s already cooked, so it just needs a quick warm-up or it’ll end up tough.
Chicken breast is quite possibly one of the most versatile leftovers out there. Chop it up and add it to a salad, or create a wrap or sandwich. You can shred larger amounts and add it to soups or casseroles.
Why is it that recipes never call for the exact amounts of broth in the can or box? Freeze the leftovers in an ice cube tray for cooking later, or use it in place of water when cooking rice.
If the contents of your veggie drawer are starting to look a little sad, chop them up and add them to a frittata, potpie or vegetable soup. You can also try these easy ideas for individual veggies.
- Peppers — Fry them up with chicken and use them in fajitas, or slice and freeze them for later.
- Onions — Make a simple onion soup.
- Zucchini — If you have large amount of zucchini, make zucchini bread or shred it for later baking use. For smaller batches or any kind of leftover squash, chop it up and add it to chunky pasta sauces.
- Carrots — Brush thinly sliced carrots with olive oil and bake them for easy baked vegetable crisps. This also works with sweet potatoes, parsnips and other root vegetables.
- Potatoes — Make home fries to serve as a simple side.
Don’t be sad about that bottle of red you didn’t finish in time. Use it in any one of these sauces or stews.
Mix up a jar of white wine vinaigrette to top your next salad.
Leftover spaghetti sauce can be frozen to use later, but you can also use it on a pizza sub or as a dipping sauce. For another option, beef up a half a jar of leftover spaghetti sauce by adding a can of diced tomatoes.
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