Smart cooks know that leftovers are a strategy for saving money and time and getting flavorful food on the table fast. Show your leftovers—and wallet—some love by creating completely new and delicious meals that taste nowhere near eating the same thing twice.
When it comes to versatile leftovers, chicken wins. Use leftover chicken breasts from dinner to make Betty Crocker’s Chicken Salad Sandwiches for a filling deli-style lunch. Turn it into a gourmet sandwich by adding golden raisins, dried cranberries, and sliced almonds to the chicken salad, then tuck inside a flaky croissant. Use leftover dark meat chicken from Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters to make loaded chicken quesadillas. If you are single and only prepare meals for yourself or if you’re looking for new dinners for your family, you will want to read The Kitchn’s 10 Ways to Use a Rotisserie Chicken to Make Dinner Tonight for ideas on how you can get multiple meals from one chicken.
Plan meals with leftovers in mind. One great example of this is planning to make meatloaf for dinner, then meatloaf sandwiches the next day for lunch. Use the leftovers from last night’s round steak dinner to make beef and broccoli for dinner tonight. Chili, a winter favorite, is a great plan-ahead meal for leftovers. Check out HuffPost’s Leftover Chili Recipes That May Come in Handy During a Snow Storm. And try our perfectly seasoned Ground Beef and Black Bean Chili recipe.
Whether you pre-plan your meals with extras in mind or you cook on the fly with what’s on hand, leftovers save you money in the long run, eliminate food waste, and will turn you into a more creative cook!