If you are anything like me, you will tend to cook enough for a small army. Maybe, it is the way I was raised but I always make sure there is always plenty to go around. There is nothing worse than leaving dinner guests hungry.
In saying that, two things happen in our house and I would say most people would have to agree.
- Firstly, the leftovers are taken the next day for lunch. My other half will take the leftovers for his workday lunch. This uses our leftovers and prevents temptation when the Chuck Truck arrives and ultimately saves some money. Although, there does come a limit to how many days he is willing to eat the same thing. I dislike eating the same thing two times in a row and have a diversion to eating them so it’s left to Mr. M.
- Secondly and more commonly, the leftovers are wrapped in clingwrap, stored in the fridge until they are unrecognisable and then thrown away when we need to create fridge space.
It seems most of us have a conscience when it comes to throwing away perfectly good food. We wouldn’t even contemplate emptying purses and wallets into the rubbish bin but yet by throwing away excess food, this is what we are doing.
I can hear you asking, “Why don’t you simply cook less?” This is well and true but meat items such as whole chickens and legs of lamb cannot be segmented when you want a lovely roast dinner. The goal is to make use of these leftovers in a creative way to not only save time and money but also to create variety and interest. This makes for a quicker and easier dinner the next night without having to eat roast meat sandwiches for the next week.
We regularly have meat remaining when we do a roast. Chicken is turned into Risotto, Pasta, Soup or Wraps. Lamb is turned into fantastic Yiros or Shepherds Pie and our Roast Pork or always turned into succulent Pork Sliders or refried for Vietnamese Meat Rolls. Bolognaise sauce can be used for Mexican Tacos with the inclusion of kidney beans and topped with Guacamole and cheese or used for a Parmagiana sauce on Schnitzel. Leftover rice is always used the very next day as Fried Rice. Cold cooked rice is the only way to make successful fried rice and I will deliberately cook extra for the next nights dinner.
So next time you have leftovers, think how can you use them again and save time and money.
Happy Cooking xx