Make Your Leftovers Go Further to Save Money this New Year

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You can make your leftovers go further to save money as the cost of food continues to rise into the new year. All it takes is to look at things a little differently and make some minor changes.

Try New Variations of Recipes

When it comes down to it, most recipes are really similar. For example, the only major difference between a bolognese and a chili con carne is the addition of a couple of spices. So keep this in mind when making a meat sauce. Of course, you can reuse ingredients like chicken in many ways. For example, this easy chicken and wild rice soup will delight your family and maximize how much you get out of it. Just adding a couple more ingredients can transform a dish.

Invent a Family Casserole 

A winter-warming casserole or stew is the ideal way to use up any vegetables you don't know what to do with at the end of the week. You can put any leftover meats and vegetables, beans, chopped tomatoes, and stock in a pan. Additionally, if you have any opened grains or pulses in the cupboard, you can use them to bulk up your dish and give your kids a boost of vitamins and minerals. This is an excellent way to get the things the kids wouldn't usually eat into their diet.

Make Your Leftovers Go Further with Pies

Maybe you don't want to eat the same thing for dinner more than once. That is just dull. But you can make a pie filling out of almost any leftover food. Using pastry to line a pan is a great way to try something new and save time. Almost anything can be made into a pie. But protein foods like chicken and other meats can handle the extra heat very well. And, of course, you can add cheese to anything for an extra sumptuous layer of richness that nothing else quite offers.

Learn to Make Homemade Stock

Stock is something that most people forget about. This is too bad because homemade stock makes everything taste better right away, and you know exactly what's in it. So, instead of putting all organic waste in the trash, put it in a container and put it in the freezer. You can use vegetable peelings and ends, stalks and stems. Just put them in boiling water with salt, pepper, and a bay leaf, and let them simmer for a few hours so the flavors can get into the water.

Buy Sensibly in the First Place

Food waste is out of control all over the world. For example, even in a small country like the UK, almost 10 million tons of food are thrown away each year. If you find you constantly have too many leftovers to deal with, try adjusting your shopping habits. It's a good idea to work out exactly how much food you need for each week or month and buy accordingly. Making a meal plan helps with this. Then you can control the portion sizes when cooking your family dinners.


There are many intuitive ways to make your leftovers go further. Trying new variations of recipes can help. But you can also make homemade pies and try your hand at making organic stocks.

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