Kitchen Hack: Transform Your Leftovers, Eliminate Waste 4

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Sometimes a refrigerator just gets overwhelmed with leftover goodness. And sometimes, the cook just doesn’t want to serve the same thing again, even though there’s still plenty of life left in that casserole or soup. A little bit of kitchen wizardry can transform your boring leftovers from last night’s dinner into an entirely new dish.

If your family grumbles about leftovers, here's a little trick. Instead of serving the same meal again, transform it into something new!

Here’s the secret to salvaging leftovers:

If the leftovers are dry, add liquid. If the leftovers are wet, add dry ingredients. 

That’s it. Simple, right? But boy, when I discovered that trick it transformed the way we use up leftovers.


Need a little inspiration? Here are just a few ideas:

Leftover casseroles and other “dry” meals

  • Enchiladas + more veggies and broth = Mexican soup
  • Chicken and rice casserole + chicken broth and some shredded carrots = chicken soup
  • Refried beans + beef broth = bean soup
  • Roasted potatoes + mayonnaise + spices = potato salad
  • Pancakes, waffles, or stale bread + milk and eggs = “bread” pudding
  • Au gratin potatoes + milk = potato soup

Leftover soup

  • Chicken soup + rice = chicken and rice casserole
  • Tomato soup + ground beef + seasoning = marinara sauce
  • Clam chowder + potatoes + cheese = seafood scalloped potatoes
  • Chorizo soup + ground meat + tortillas = enchilada casserole

Here’s your chance to get creative in the kitchen. Stir that leftover sour cream-based holiday dip into a “kitchen sink” soup. Use that stale banana muffin by crumbling it and adding it as a topping to an apple cake. Sure, you might have a few weird meals as you learn to mix and match, but think of all the waste you’ll avoid once you become a master of leftovers!

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