Tips on Recycling Leftover Food

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Cooking a meal that serves exactly the number of members in your family is very difficult. Having some food leftover after a meal is not an uncommon phenomenon. Throwing them away is an absolute wastage of these foodstuffs especially with the rising grocery prices. In addition, mothers are always under pressure to cook a good meal that seem interesting to their kids while being highly nutritious at the same time. Here are some ways to use your leftovers and whip an interesting meal for your family.

Steak and Potatoes:

Steaks and potatoes are really easy to re-use. Cut the steak into thin slices, heat it and serve it with sauce. For a variety you can try Argentinian dipping sauce, vinegar or even a rancho sauce. If you want to add some spice and flavor the steak, then cut them into cubes, sauté it lightly in butter, ginger, onions and garlic. Mix some sauce into the pan and stir for a minute and simply serve it with sweet sauce when cool. Potatoes can be mashed or simply fried in oil. If you are the diet conscious kind, then you can roast the leftover potatoes. Another great option is combine mashed potatoes and fried ones, bake them in an oven and enjoy a great Shepherd’s pot pie.

Steak and Potatoes


There are innumerable ways to re-using beef. Mince the beef, sauté them lightly with onions and tomatoes, dress them with plain yogurt and eat them like shawarma. You can also dress using mayo mixture if you are not a yogurt fan.

If you want to have something fried and roasted, then beef patties are a great choice. Put the beef into your food processor. Add some chopped onions, pepper, salt, roast broth, breadcrumbs along with the beef and mince the ingredients. Fry them in pan and voila! Your own beef patties are ready.

For rice lovers, mix the rice, a range of your favorite vegetables (carrots, corn, and green peas) and the meat and simply season it with salt and pepper. If you wish to make it taste a little more interesting, then add some sauce such as soy sauce, oyster sauce, etc.


Like ham and beef, chicken is another versatile food that can be used in a number of ways. Mince the chicken with noodles and have chicken noodles. Dice it and dress it for a great, yet simple chicken salad. You can mix chicken, noodles and soup to have chicken noodle soup. You can even chicken risotto or soft tacos using the leftover chicken. You can use the carcass and bones for making a stock gravy, broth and soup. Simply add bay leaves, carrots, celery, water and onions and let the solution simmer for a few hours. This is one of the most delicious and nutritious home-made stocks that is economical and free of artificial preservatives.

Chicken Tacos

When you prepare a meal using the leftover food, the golden rule is to first check what are the ingredients you have and then proceed accordingly. A pinch of spices, salt, pepper, onions and a dash of butter in a hot pan along with a small amount of sauce for cooking can do wonders to the preparation. These are risk-free, hassle-free preparations that are tasty, nutritious and free of artificial preservatives. What’s more? Home-made cuisine using leftover food is equivalent to dollars spent in a restaurant. You also save money on the grocery bills.


Hams are one of the most versatile foodstuffs and can be used in a variety of ways. You can slice them and make ham and cheese sandwiches, make ham pot pie or make patties. Mice the ham meat in your food processor and simply proceed the way you would with beef patties. You can even use the meat in soup and make potato and ham soup or split pea soup. Dice the ham and use it for making omelets and scrambled eggs. This is a healthy and nutritious way of using the leftover ham.

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