Leftovers: Plan Ahead for Easy, Money-Saving Meals

Second-Day Meals of Leftovers

I've covered a lot of topics suggesting how to make the most of your leftovers. You can fold them into healthy salads, make great tasting tacos or sandwiches, and turn stale bread into a wealth of recipes.

While it's great to make the most of unexpected dinner remains, sometimes, you need to prepare to even have leftovers to begin with. A great way to make sure you're saving money and have enough food is to cook a bunch of different things at the beginning of the week. Here's some ideas to get you started on Sunday so that you're set for the rest of the week. 

Whole grains: Make a big batch of brown rice, quinoa, marcussamuelsson.com/tag/quinoa kamut, or farro and use the grains as a base for your meals all week. Then add the following items for a great meal!

Protein: Try roasting a chicken for a variety of meals, or choose a vegetarian-friendly alternative like beans or tofu for a GRAB meal! Prepare enough protein ahead of time for 1 week's worth of lunches and dinners. If you get palate boredom, try preparing one container of diced tofu, 1 container of beans, and a batch of hard-boiled eggs.

Vegetables: This is an exciting season to try new produce! Vegetables are growing rapidly and many varieties are available at your local market. Try asparagus, radishes, or one of these top 5 spring and summer greens for something refreshing and crisp, or go for a vegetable that is beneficial to your skin.

Condiments: So if you're planning on eating a version of the same meal throughout the week, you've got to keep it exciting, right? Try making your own homemade condiments to spice up your food. Whether it's papaya ketchup or homemade pesto, homemade condiments can bring vitality to leftovers. Store the condiments in separate containers and add when you're ready to eat.

Even though you're taking the time to prepare all of these recipes at the beginning of the week, you'll thank yourself throughout the week when you've saved so much time. Store your meals in re-usable containers for ready-to-go meals.

How do you make the most of your leftovers?