Wasted food is wasted energy, so rather than scraping your plate into the garbage or leaving leftover food at the restaurant where it will end up in the trash, try turning that leftover food into a whole new meal for later on in the week!
Not only does cooking with leftovers reduce waste, it can help stretch your food budget, too! If you’re looking to spice up your leftovers, here are some easy, tasty ways to make yesterday’s meal into a whole new dish.
The casserole route works well with all sorts of different types of leftovers like Italian, Mexican, and bar food. I don’t think I’d try this with Chinese or Thai food, but if you’re feeling adventurous, go for it!
Mix up the leftover food with some cooked pasta or rice, top with cheese (dairy or vegan will do the trick), and bake at 350F until the top of the casserole is brown.
Toss last night’s meal with some mixed greens and chopped veggies for a hearty salad. If your food had a lot of sauce on it, you might not even need dressing.
You can also heat the leftovers before tossing them with your greens. A warm topping on crunchy, cold lettuce adds a bit more interest to the meal.
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