A heel of bread here, a nubbin of celery there, these are often items that go bad before they can be used up. Learn how to handle them and you’ll achieve total leftover dominance! Leftovers may dry out as solids soak up the liquid over time. Resuscitate them and change the flavor by adding a different liquid. You can bolster the dish by adding a fresh ingredient and a new herb. Or puree it so it’s texture goes from chunky to smooth.

Add stock to your casserole and serve as a hot soup. This works well for casseroles that contain rice or beans. I have a favorite casserole I like to make that is basically sausage, lentils and tomatoes. To make a delicious soup I add a container of lentil soup. It’s delicious!

Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup

Make a stir-fry using leftovers. Just refry with a new ingredients and add some salad dressing. Thin with a sauce and serve over pasta, lentils or grains. I think stir-fries are one of the best ways to use up leftovers.Five Spice Pork Stir Fry

With leftover chickens or pork it is best not to reheat too often or the meat will dry out. Instead chop up the left overs and add to soups, stews or pasta dishes. I love using a jar of curry sauce over leftover chicken. Add some chopped carrots and make a whole new dinner!

Chicken or Turkey Curry

Chicken or Turkey Curry

Have some leftover celery in your crisper drawer? Chop and mix into green salads, slice the celery into thin sticks for a quick snack or add to your next soup!

Irish soup. homemade

Irish Yellow Broth

There are endless ways to use up leftovers. Keep an eye on what’s in your fridge and don’t let food go to waste!

10 comments on “Avoid Waste- Upcycle Your Leftovers

Jess on November 9, 2015 7:13 pm

This is such a great idea!

Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

Jamie @ Medium Sized Family on November 10, 2015 3:05 pm

I always try to “upcycle” my leftovers, too. I had never considered turning a casserole into a soup!! That’s such a great idea! I have a lot of leftover casserole from last night that I was considering serving over baked potatoes.

Nancy Wolff on November 10, 2015 11:38 pm

LEftover casserole over baked potatoes sounds yummy too!

April J Harris on November 17, 2015 12:00 pm

Love this post, Nancy! You’ve shared some great ideas and recipes to help love our leftovers – avoiding food waste is a real passion of mine! Thank you for sharing this fantastic sustainable living post with us at Hearth and Soul.

Nancy Wolff on November 17, 2015 5:22 pm

Thanks April,
I love finding creating ways to use up leftovers and not have to throw them away!

Elaine on November 17, 2015 1:45 pm

I do this all the time!! i usually freeze them until ready to use…. Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! Hope to see you again this week! Pinned!

Nancy Wolff on November 17, 2015 5:21 pm

It’s always fun to find new ways to use up leftovers! 🙂

Katy SkipTheBag on July 2, 2017 8:15 pm

Soups are such a great way to use up leftovers. I’m just sad that the weather here is usually too warm for soup (Ok, not THAT sad, I’d rather it be nice than freezing!) 🙂 Thanks for sharing on the #WasteLessWednesday blog hop

Rosie (@greenrosielife) on July 5, 2017 9:50 am

I adore making meals from leftovers – in fact they are often my best tasting ones!! #wastelesswednesday

Nancy Wolff on July 5, 2017 12:48 pm

I love the challenge of cooking with leftovers! 🙂

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