Reinventing Leftovers

Do you ever get to the end of the week and are just so tired of eating leftovers? You may open and close the fridge a few times and hope something new miraculously appears before your eyes. I know I’ve been there. It’s time to think outside the box and imagine what our leftovers could be!

Take Inventory

Take a moment, open your fridge, and inventory what’s remaining for the week. Take a peek at the pantry and see what may be hiding behind that old bag of chips. Any soups or sauces could be frozen and used at a future date. (You’ll be thankful for the surprise when you search your freezer in the future). If you find some bread on the verge of going stale, cut it up to make some croutons for a salad or make grilled cheese sandwiches. Did you find any chicken from a previous dinner? Chop it up and make a wrap or a quesadilla with that can of beans you found in the pantry! Turn simple ingredients into something delicious with a little thought and brainstorming.

Using your leftovers is a great way to save on your grocery budget. Instead of ditching them once you’re tired of them, consider another way to incorporate them into a new dish. Taking inventory of everything in the kitchen is a helpful tool in ensuring you use what you have before going out to buy more. When paying the prices for groceries these days, we want to use every last bit of what we’re spending our money on.  

Quesadillas are the ultimate leftover hodgepodge. Many different things in your fridge can be turned into a quesadilla or a wrap with the help of pairing ingredients and sauces. For instance – if you found chicken, cheese, and ranch, add them together, and it’ll be great! Leftover buffalo chicken dip? Throw it on a quesadilla! You’ll be thankful you’re using up what you have!

Quesadillas Recipe:

Serving Size: 1 serving

  •             2 Tortillas
  •             1 Cup Shredded Cheese
  •             ½ Protein (Chopped Chicken, Black Beans, Pork, etc.)
  •             ½ Cup Chopped Bell Peppers
  •             3 Tb Scallion

Heat a tablespoon of oil in a skillet on low. Add a tortilla, ½ the cheese, your fillings of choice, remainder of the cheese. Flip once the bottom tortilla starts getting crispy.

Be on the lookout for more delicious recipes to come!


Author: Beth Anne Allen

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