Loving Your Leftovers

By Lauren Wills, Manager of Essential Eating

Leftovers can be a great way to make the most of your meal preparation by creating new meals with food you already have on hand. Leftovers can also help decrease food waste which is great for both the environment and your budget!

How to use Leftovers

  • Plan Ahead

Choose recipes and ingredients that can be used in multiple ways. For example, if you are cooking ground chicken for pasta on Sunday night, consider using the leftovers to make tacos on Monday!

  • Make Extras

Cook/prepare extra food to use in another meal or snack. For example, wash and cut up extra red peppers at supper time to have for an easy grab and go snack throughout the week

  • Store Safely

Regardless of the amount of leftovers you have, you will want to store them safely. Here are a few tips to make sure leftovers are food safe:

  • Refrigerate leftovers within two hours of preparing/cooking.

  • Label leftovers with the date and use the oldest ones first.

  • Leftovers stored in the fridge are safe to eat for up to 3 days.

  • Leftovers stored in the freezer will keep for up to 3 months.

  • Leftovers should only be reheated once

Not sure how to incorporate leftovers? Try these tips!

  1. Use up extra vegetables in an omelette or frittata.

  2. Grate leftover carrots into a batch of muffins for added nutrition.

  3. Cook extra apples with cinnamon to make homemade applesauce.

  4. Add cooked rice or pasta into a canned soup to help increase satiety

  5. Add leftover protein (chicken, ground beef, chickpeas, beans, etc.) to top a salad or add to a wrap.

  6. Slice and toast extra tortillas or pitas to make ‘chips’ that you can have with dip or to add some crunch to your salad

For more information:

Email: lauren@thisishealthful.ca

Phone: 613-828-8586

Visit: 16-2150 Robertson Rd. Bells Corners

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