The number two way to save money on your food budget is to use up all of the food that you buy. In other words, using up all of your leftovers.
Now I think the reason that people have a problem with leftovers is because that word has somehow become associated with being a negative thing. And I can’t see why. Leftovers are the fastest and most delicious meals you can have the next day for lunch. And all your coworkers will be drooling over the delicious smells of homemade food coming from your cubicle.
However if you’re not using them for your lunch then get creative and use them as a base for the next night’s meal. There will be less preparation time for you since dinner is already mostly made so you will save a lot of time as well as a lot of money. For example today’s recipe is:
The Just as Fast as Yesterday, Strapped for Time, Super Quick Supper
Yesterday’s leftover soup (southwest soup consisting of tomatoes, black beans and corn)
Take the soup pot from yesterday out of the fridge and warm up on the stove over medium low heat until bubbling. If your soup is extra soupy you’ll want to ladle out excess water until you have a more stew-like consistency with some veggies showing at the surface of the water. Crack an egg and let it drop into the soup pot being careful not to break the yolk. If there is another person, add another egg. Put the lid on the pot. Let the soup simmer until the eggs are cooked (you can feel with the back of the ladle when the yolks are firmly cooked).