Waste Not, Want Not: Eating Leftovers!

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Welcome to #ThrowbackThursday! Every Thursday we’ll be celebrating the wisdom of our foremothers with some themed tips from the Great Depression era. Feel free to get in on the fun! Write your own Throwback Thursday tips on our Facebook wall, or tweet @CatchyFreebies with the hashtag #ThrowbackThursday. If we choose your tip for a feature, we’ll send you a sample from our stash! 

This #ThrowbackThursday, we want to focus on preserving your summer and fall harvest (whether it’s from your garden or the grocery store!) by preventing food waste. Food waste is one of the biggest contributors to overall household waste, but it doesn’t have to be! There is no better way to end food waste in your home than by scrounging up another meal out of food you already have. Plus, there are plenty of ingenious ways to use up leftover foods or transform a meal for another day. So buckle in for our favorite ways to let them have leftovers!

If you’re a meal planner, you probably already do something similar on a more informal basis, like this frugal mom who gets a whopping FIVE meals out of ONE chicken! If you’re more like me, you don’t necessarily plan out every meal (sorry, budget!) and/or you just kinda wing it in the kitchen, so you might need a more flexible option.

Enter the Greatist’s master list of delicious, healthy leftover recipes, organized by leftover staples like pasta, cheese, eggs, various meats, and even pizza! Need even more structure? There’s also this part of the AllRecipes site called “Everyday Leftovers,” where you can find hundreds of popular recipes organized by main leftover ingredient, and complete with comments, tips, and ratings!

Got some weird combination of leftovers that has you scratching your head? Puzzle no more, my friends! Get your mitts on this seriously amazing tool called BigOven: you can search three different leftover ingredients to come up with recipes that use them! These (over 350,000!) recipes even come with reviews and tips. Plus, if you make a free account, you can even add the recipes you find to your meal planner and add the ingredients you need to your grocery list! This insanely cool tool even allows you to save recipes to different folders on your account! Tesco’s RealFood site has a similar tool that’s a lot simpler, but with fewer features.

Do you always eat your leftovers? What’s your favorite way to get creative with leftovers? Leave us a comment on Facebook or send us your thoughts on Twitter @CatchyFreebies using the hashtag #ThrowbackThursday!


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