Eat up those leftovers with relish!
Busy parents know there’s nothing better than being able to pull leftovers out of the fridge or freezer to reheat for a quick, easy meal. And leftovers are an economical way to feed a family, particularly if you buy in bulk and batch cook so you have lots of leftovers on purpose. But unfortunately Tuesday’s meatloaf and Thursday’s spaghetti aren’t always an easy sell to kids – or to picky adults who would prefer something freshly prepared instead.
There are times when reheated stew is just going to have to do, no matter what the crowd says, but sometimes all it takes is a little simple culinary magic to reinvent leftovers and turn them into a completely new meal that will please even the pickiest eaters.
In short, be sneaky.
It starts with planning a weekly menu with the intent of using some of your meals – or portions thereof – to create a second, “brand new” meal later in the week. For instance, if whole chickens are on sale, pick up two and roast them both at the same time. Eat one with mashed potatoes and roasted carrots the first night, then use the second one cold in sandwiches, or cut up into a quick and easy chicken noodle soup, a hearty chicken a la king, or kid-friendly chicken enchiladas.
Unless you’re a trained chef or an amateur kitchen guru, you probably need a little help coming up with ways to reinvent your leftovers. Luckily, the Internet is a fantastic resource that’s right at your fingertips! Check out these sites for amazing suggestions for making leftovers into new meals your family will devour:
With the holiday season quickly approaching, now is a great time to find out what you can do with all that turkey and stuffing you’ll be eating from now until January! Read our article on Sinkie Day, (so named because the day after Thanksgiving you often find yourself eating leftovers straight out of the containers over the sink) for some great ideas for turning your holiday leftovers into fantastic new meals.
While you’re at it, read up on safe food storage practices in our Food Storage 101 article to make sure that your leftover meals are as safe as they are delicious.
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