I hate throwing food away.
Left-overs should be reheated, frozen or used as part of a new meal.
The last option is what I’m focusing on this time; using left-overs as part of a new meal and adding just a couple of items in order to use everything.
(This isn’t the healthiest example, but it sure was delicious!) 😉
It started out like this:
Meal # 1: Tacos. I made a pound of taco meat. (Since I had all the ingredients for tacos, there was no additional money was spent.) A pound of meat was way too much, so I froze half of it, like I discussed in Saving Money With Big Batch Cooking and Baking. What didn’t go into the freezer, I put in the fridge and the next night, we had…
Meal #2: Nachos. We made a big plate of Nachos Supreme with cheese, taco meat, onions, and peppers. I bought some nacho cheese and chips. ($5.00) Now on to…
Meal #3: Nachos again. Because Nachos Supreme is that good! But, we still have chips left. So…
Meal #4: Chips and hot sauce. Bought hot sauce ($3.00) This is more of a snack than a meal, but we love chips and hot sauce and it’s a good way to use up those chips! Any hot sauce that’s left over can be added to a chili or soup recipe.
There you have it! For an additional $8.00, we had 3 extra meals for 2 people. Those extra meals cost us just $1.33 per person. Plus, we didn’t waste anything!
- Using left-overs in a delicious way
- Not wasting any food
- Using food money wisely
Assuming that the average home cooked meal is around $5.00 per person, we were able to stretch those dollars and save some money! (3 meals x $5.00 per meal = $15.00 x 2 people = $30.00.) / (3 meals x $1.33 per meal = $3.99 x 2 people = $7.98.)
MONEY SAVED: $22.02!!