The holidays are a time when many people go “all out” in the kitchen and share their favorite dishes with family and friends. And while meal planning can help prevent the number of leftovers, sometimes it’s just inevitable that there will be some things leftover! Not to worry, there are many ways to reinvent those leftovers into delicious new meals and prevent food waste.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
1. Easy add-ins. Leftover vegetables and meat make quick and easy additions to lunchbox favorites like quesadillas, grilled sandwiches or stir-fries, like this Savory Stir-Fry.
2. Puree leftover vegetables and freeze. Simply put the purée in an ice cube tray and freeze. The next time you’re making a soup, sauce or casserole, add a cube or two for an extra burst of nutrition. This Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna is a perfect recipe for adding a few more veggies! Purees also make great homemade baby food. Don’t have a baby? Then make some for a friend or family member who does!
3. Don’t forget the bones! Use turkey and ham bones to make delicious soups! No time to make soup right away? You can store them in a resealable bag in the freezer until you’re ready.
4. Make it meatless. Use leftover sweet or mashed potatoes, like these Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes, to make potato pancakes. They’re quick and easy, and taste great paired with a salad for a meatless meal option.
5. Have a repeat meal. Use divided reusable, heatable storage containers to freeze leftovers. When you’re ready for a quick meal, you can have your own frozen dinner from food you made yourself!
With a little planning and creativity, those leftovers can be put to great use that in the end that saves you time and money, plus provides a delicious and healthy meal for your family.
What are your favorite ways to use up leftovers after a big holiday feast?