Minimize food waste by planning a leftover night or using similar ingredients for different meals!
Take any meat (cooked or uncooked) and vegetables you have on hand and sauté them up in a pan with your favorite sauce (soy sauce, teriyaki, etc.) and toss over brown rice, quinoa, pasta, cauliflower rice or whatever you have on hand
A homemade roasted chicken or store bought rotisserie chicken can be used for different meals throughout the week
- Toss it over a salad one night
- Eat it with roasted vegetables and either a sweet potato or regular potato on the side
- Use it for chicken tacos
- Make homemade chicken salad (using celery, grapes, nuts, plain Greek yogurt)
- Use the chicken for white chicken chili
Leftover fish can be used in a variety of ways as well.
- Fill a tortilla with any flaky fish and combination of vegetables to make fish tacos
- Top a salad with tuna, salmon, shrimp
- Use to make salmon or tuna patties
- Leftover vegetables can be chopped up and put together in a soup – add meat, beans or pasta to bulk it up
- Use leftover vegetables and/or meat to make a quiche, omelet or frittata.
- Use leftover vegetables to make veggie and meat or black bean quesadillas
- Add meat and vegetables to any leftover pasta and add either a white or red sauce and bake
- Take leftover spaghetti noodles along with vegetables and beat egg, pour into muffin and bake
- Toss any fruit into a smoothie
- Bananas – use as a sweetener in different dishes – muffins, banana bread, ice cream (https://tasty.co/compilation/banana-ice-cream-4-ways), etc.
- Stale bread can be used to make breadcrumbs or croutons
If you don’t have enough leftovers for a dinner meal, use the leftovers for lunch the next day
- Wrap leftover meats and veggies in a tortilla or stuff it into a pita pocket
- Top a salad with leftover meats and vegetables. Can add fruit and nuts as additional toppings.