Our Guide to Repurposing Leftovers & Leftover Ingredients

Getting more life out of your leftovers means that you can reduce food waste and save money. Our infographic guide below shows how easy it is to get creative and make the most of leftovers and leftover ingredients.

If you missed our last few posts, we’ve been in the middle of our Cooking on a Budget series.

Last week, we sent out one of our most useful cooking freebies: a budget meal plan featuring 7 days of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. We planned out a week of meals for you that’ll help you save money and reduce food waste while cooking more healthy meals. Download it here if you missed it.

This week is the last week of the series and I wanted to end it with an issue we see all the time: “I hate eating leftovers.”

I totally get not wanting to eat the same thing over and over again, but the thing is. . .

Cooking for leftovers is one of the best ways to save money in a variety of ways. Tweet this tip

  • Having leftovers on hand means not going out for lunch or resorting to a takeout dinner when you’re too tired to cook.
  • If you’re cooking for 1 or 2, ingredients often come in 4 people servings, which means you’re gonna be left with odds and ends. Unless you’ve meal planned or are good about freezing, a lot of those items will end up spoiling, which equals money in the trash.
  • Remember that time is your most valuable currency! Eating leftovers results in time saved in the kitchen or waiting in a lunch line, which means more time to do other things you value.

So logically, leftovers are a good thing but people rarely do things unless they enjoy it.

I may not be able to get you to like leftovers when presented in their original form, but I can show you creative ways to repurpose leftovers to make them something new and exciting again!

This idea of cooking once and then eating in two different ways is something we do all the time as part of our meal plan service.

I’ve captured all my ideas and secrets in our Guide to Repurposing Leftovers & Leftover Ingredients infographic below. You can even download all that info in an easy printable resource, if you want! Having this guide as a handy reference chart is a good reminder to #reducefoodwaste and save money.

To get this infographic professionally printed to hang on your wall or fridge, check out our Shop, where a portion of our merchandise profits are set aside to support food education.


Repurposing Leftovers & Leftover Ingredients

Get more life out of your leftovers, so that you can reduce food waste and save more money.

If you keep a well-stocked pantry, you can start transforming your leftovers into whole new meals immediately with a few of simple, but creative ideas.

Lastly, if you want to see how we help our community of Kitchen Heroes cook once and eat twice in a variety of ways, check out our meal plan service. You can receive 3 more dinner plans for free when you sign up for a Taste Test account.

For more tips on how to cook and eat healthy on a budget, see the rest of our ‘Cooking on a Budget’ series. And if you love our tips and want to help others save money and reduce food waste, please do share this post with others!

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