Leftovers food accounts for a large proportion of the food that is wasted everyday. But we can avoid it as these leftovers food can easily be transformed into a wide selection of delicious new dishes.
When you are planning for hosting an event, let’s say Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and New Years Day, it is true that most of the time we end up planning for more people leaving leftovers at the end of the occasion.
Here are some budget friendly tips on how to make the most of leftovers:
- Cold beans can be a nutritious salad when you combine it with little olive oil, lemon juice and some seasoning, like fresh/dried parsley, fresh/dried basil, salt, pepper and a pinch of red pepper flakes to give a little kick.
- Cooked Chickpeas can be pureed in your food processor to make homemade hummus, and black beans are delicious when combine them with chopped tomatoes, avocadoes, scallions/green onions, coriander/cilantro, and lemon juice.
- Other boiled or steamed leftovers veggies can make an instant ragu when combined with a can of chopped tomatoes and some flavorings like basil, thyme and oregano.
- Boiled or steamed potatoes can be diced and can be transformed into Spanish omelets or can be combined with onions and corned beef.
- Stale bread has many uses; it can be brushed with flavored oil, diced and baked it and voila! Express croutons, which can be added to our soups. We can also dip it in eggs and make a French toast as well, a drizzle of maple syrup and some leftover fruits will complete the process.
- Cold roast turkey, chicken, beef and pork can make excellent sandwich fillers! What I do, is I chopped them nicely and thinly then sauté them in butter and garlic, and sprinkle it with fresh parsley. Perfect!
You know, raising kids cost money, no question. As parents, our entertainment is sitting together watching them as they learned with us about the world. My wife shopped with our kids at garage sale and second hand stores, shared things what our friends doesn’t need (I remember during winter time, our heater wasn’t strong enough, our good friend gave us a portable one! Thanks) and we do activities with our kids one at a time so they weren’t overwhelmed and we don’t get broke.
Point being is, don’t waste especially when it comes to food. Bo Sanchez, an author that I admired, once written on his book, Simplify: And Live the Good Life, has a wonderful and clear message; always practice frugality by living simple, so others may simply live.