In this series by guest contributor Penny Golightly, we discover how she made real day-to-day savings at home and how you can follow her footsteps and save too! This week, she we're making the most out of leftovers...you know, like they used to in the good 'ol days!
Leftovers are wonderful things. They can save you extra preparation and cooking time, you benefit from savings if you’re buying in bulk, and some meals simply taste better the next day. I regularly plan for leftovers on purpose, but I’m always happy to use up any accidental ones too.
Before reliable freezers and refrigerators became widespread, there was a grand tradition of using up any and all uneaten cooked food. For example, you’d have a roast chicken, potatoes and greens for your Sunday dinner. On Monday you might have cold cuts of chicken, served with bubble and squeak made from the greens and potatoes. Then on the Tuesday, there would be chicken and vegetable soup made by cooking down the carcass. Nothing was wasted.
Nowadays we tend to shop more frequently and like more variety in our eating patterns, but leftovers can still fit our modern lifestyles. For example, freeze that extra portion of lasagne today and you’ll have an easy homemade microwave meal next Friday, when you come home tired after work.
You don’t have to stick to reheating the same dish. Add a different flavour kick by using garden herbs, spice blends and pastes, chilli, or mustard. Change the texture by pureeing or chopping, or add a crunchy topping, some sauce or some melted cheese. Turn other leftovers into fillings for sandwiches, pita breads or pasties.
If you’re looking for more leftovers inspiration, the BBC Good Food website has some good recipe ideas.
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