shutterstock_77614246We’ve got a ton of ways to use leftovers so you never have to throw out food again! Using leftovers will save you a good amount of money as food wastage costs you $$$.

  • Use leftovers within two days and reheat until steaming hot and do not refreeze
  • Don’t reheat leftovers more than once
  • Freeze your leftovers. Wait until they’ve cooled before you put them in the freezer
  • Always defrost leftovers completely, either in the fridge or in the microwave
  • Make sure your fridge temperature is below 5C


Here’s 20 quick tips to get you started

  1. Add leftover roast veges to curries and casseroles
  2. Freeze leftover bread for making breadcrumbs for rissoles and meatloaves
  3. Freeze browning bananas for a banana cake or muffins
  4. Bake stale tortillas – cut up, drizzle with oil and cook in a moderate oven for a few minutes to crisp
  5. Save leftover rice for a side dish or add to soups and casseroles
  6. Leftover pumpkin can be added to mashed potato or a casserole
  7. Eat leftovers for lunch the next day – a great way to feed hungry kids quickly!
  8. Turn wrinkly fruits into smoothies
  9. Clean out the fridge of soft veges every week and make a soup or casserole to use them up
  10. Freeze small portions of leftover wine, lemon juice etc in ice cube trays and use when needed
  11. Freeze leftover biscuits for making a cheesecake base or just crumble over icecream
  12. Grate limp zucchini and carrots and use in a frittata
  13. Leftover cooked chicken goes great in pasta bakes
  14. Don’t forget the good old bubble and squeak
  15. Cooked beef, lamb or pork are perfect for adding to salads, soups or curries. Try making a hearty pie with your leftovers or mix with some rice for a pilaf-style dish
  16. Grate leftover cheese into a zip lock bag and freeze in portions
  17. Leftovers are great for babies. Mashed bananas, potatoes, veggies and blended meat are perfect for baby food. Buy some small jam jars, sterilise and store the baby food in the fridge for a few days or freeze
  18. Peel the outside of broccoli stalks with a peeler and use the inner of the stalk in soups and fritters
  19. Nutritious potato skins can be chopped and added to soups and stews
  20. Turn limp veges into yummy purees and mash

Here are 10 simple ways to use up leftovers that even the kids will love. You’ll eat well too.

The following are great ideas for using leftover cooked meats and vegetables, preferably without sauces.

  1.    Simply reheat and eat
  2.    Make an omelet
  3.    Fried rice
  4.    Make pizza
  5.    Fill a sandwich or toasties
  6.    Make a salad
  7.    Make a pie
  8.    Wrap in a burrito
  9.    Make a soup
  10.    Freeze it to use later. Just be sure to label it with the contents and date.



You can also find lots of wonderful recipes for leftovers on our Pinterest page. We cover leftover rice, pasta, potatoes, chicken, curry, veges and loads more!

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