Leftover Creations

Leftover Creations

Have you seen the pin about transforming your leftovers? This is a game changer and I have to tell you about it!

Kris over at Attainable-Sustainable shares the secret to transforming your leftovers. Are you ready for it? Here it is:

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

Pure genius. And so simple, right?  This little tip has made a HUGE impact on my kitchen. I don’t like the old household rule of “cleaning your plate”… I prefer our family care for our bodies by stopping when full.

Does that mean all of what’s leftover gets thrown out?  No way! What doesn’t get eaten is put in the fridge or freezer to eat later. At least, that’s the plan…

But, one can only eat the same thing so many times before it’s no longer enjoyable. So the plan aside, REALITY is that same leftover food ends up getting nudged around in the fridge until it’s no longer safe to consume and does get tossed.

I used to get so upset about this waste. I hate tossing food- food that my hubby’s paycheck purchased, food that I took time to plan on our menu, and then labored in the kitchen to make. I dreaded cleaning out the fridge at the end of the week, knowing I’d inevitably find SOMETHING in there that needed thrown out.

Thankfully, Kris’ tip for transforming leftovers came to the rescue!  By adding liquid to dry leftovers or dry ingredients to the wet ones, the leftovers are totally transformed into something new and fresh!  That little addition ups the flavor and brings life back into what would have been a sad leftover (or trashed) dish. Hooray for no more waste!

Some of our favorite leftover saves have been:

  • Leftover roasted chicken and veggies turned into soup by adding bone broth
  • Leftover sweet potatoes and black beans turned into breakfast hash
  • Leftover taco filling turned into tortilla soup

A recent leftover transformation—

  •  A sauteed kale pasta dish turned into vegetable soup

I know some people won’t touch leftovers at all. Maybe this tip to transform them completely will help.  Will your family eat leftovers?  What do you find yourself throwing out the most? Share in the comments and maybe our Savoring Joy community can find ways to transform it using this secret formula. 🙂


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