The sales haven’t been great. Good coupons seem few and far between. We’re working hard to make real, whole foods a priority. Sometimes, what I lack in funds I can make up for in time, but you know… as much as I enjoy my kitchen, I really can’t spend hours a day preparing healthy, from scratch meals, either.
What’s a mom to do to serve her family quality meals for less? One of my favorite mealtime strategies is using leftover makeovers.
Spending a full day in the kitchen cooking a month’s worth of food doesn’t work well for me, but since when I’m in there anyway, it does make sense to make a bunch of one item or recipe to be used later. Yes, you certainly can (and sometimes I do) freeze the extra for a future night “off” from cooking. That works fabulously. But you can also take parts of a meal and make them into something entirely new.
Let’s start with baked potatoes and rice, shall we?
I like to bake lots of potatoes at once in a glass dish with a lid. No need to wrap in foil, just don’t forget to poke a few holes (oy!). I’ve also heard they “bake” well in a slow cooker, but haven’t tried that method myself. For future meals I can make
- twice baked potatoes
- cheeseburger potato casserole
- homemade hashbrowns
- desperation dinner
- baked potato soup
If you prefer your taters mashed, here are some Recipes for Leftover Mashed Potatoes.
I don’t know what it is about rice that seems like its a big ol’ hassle to make (it’s so not!) but I do try to make a lot at once and freeze the extras to bulk up future meals very inexpensively.
- fried rice (adjust cooking time)
- add to the meat mixture in loaded tostadas
- cheesy broccoli and rice with chicken
- chicken fajita soup
- veggie beef soup
- chicken and rice soup
How do you use leftover baked potatoes and rice at your home? I’m currently preparing Leftover Makeover posts for roast beef, ham, and whole chickens. What others would you like to see?