Leftovers, we’ve all had them. Whether from a large holiday meal, ordering too much at a restaurant, catering or just making too much food, leftovers happen.
They aren’t the most appetizing choice as a meal, so they can often be left in the fridge until it’s time to throw them out leading to wasted food. This is a problem as food wastage costs Canada about $31 billion annually.
To help counter this problem, we’ve put together this list of ideas. Re-vamp leftovers and make them as good as the meal they once were!
South of the border, calentado has become Colombia’s most popular breakfast.
Take leftovers from the night before, sauté them up with some diced onion, crack an egg or two on top, and voila; a gourmet breakfast creation anyone is sure to love!
Anything can be turned into a calentado, so open your fridge, grab some leftovers, and give it a try.
You’ve seen it on breakfast menus everywhere. However, French toast had humble beginnings. Originally called Pain Perdu, it was a way of utilizing stale bread instead of throwing it away.
Simply whisk up so eggs and milk, and soak whatever leftover stale bread, you have lying around, in the mixture. You can make sweet and savory versions of it, so your options are endless.
Made too many vegetable side dishes last night? Well here’s what you can do, soup it up!
Take your leftover vegetables, throw them in a blender with some chicken or vegetable stock, puree them, and then heat it up. You’ll have a delicious soup that, unless you tell people about, no one will know was made from leftovers!
By the way, soup isn’t just a way to use leftovers, its also great for getting your daily-recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. WIN-WIN!
Let’s face it; leftover rice doesn’t look the least bit appetizing. Thankfully, it doesn’t need to for it to make a tasty meal.
Take leftover rice, meats of any kind, and vegetables, add some sour cream and salsa, roll them in a tortilla, and you’ve got yourself a delicious burrito! You’ve hidden the fact that leftovers aren’t pretty, but showcased that they are delicious!
The next time you find yourself with leftovers in the fridge, be creative! Turning leftovers into an appetizing meal can actually take less time, effort, and cost less than creating a brand-new one from scratch. You’ll be keeping food out of landfills and money in your pocket.
For more great food ideas, make sure to check in with the experts!