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Reuse Leftover Food to Make Delicious Recipes (Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian)

Chitrangada has nutrition in mind when cooking for her family. Making tasty nutritious food is a skill she has perfected over the years.

Baked Vegetable, made with leftover vegetables

Baked Vegetable, made with leftover vegetables

Delicious recipe prepared with leftover chicken salami and pasta.

Delicious recipe prepared with leftover chicken salami and pasta.

Leftover Foods: Turn Them Into Delicious Recipes Again

  • What do you do with your leftover food?
  • Do you just throw it?
  • Is it right to throw it away, just like that?

The purpose of writing this article, is to suggest some innovative ways, to reuse the leftover foods, so that one can save the money, as well as avoid the wastage of Food.

This is a universal problem, almost in every kitchen, all over the World.

You relish the freshly made bread, vegetables, cakes, desserts so much. But when you have leftovers, nobody in the family wants to eat it.

  • But, can you throw away the food you prepared, with so much effort?
  • No, you can't, and you shouldn't.

The food materials are grown in the fields, with so much labour, and are quite expensive too, and we must remember that.

Having fresh fruits and vegetables, and other groceries at your doorstep, in the kitchen, involves continuous hard work, of many days and many people are involved in the whole process.

We should also keep in mind, that many poor people have to sleep without any food, because they cannot afford it.

Here are some options and delicious suggestion, to reuse the food, which can be leftover in the kitchen.

Mixed vegetable manchurian, made with leftovers

Mixed vegetable manchurian, made with leftovers

Using Leftover Chicken and Fish to make delicious recipes

It is quite common in every household, that after hosting a big party---some pieces of fried fish, or some grilled chicken pieces, are leftover.

Interesting and delicious recipes can be created with them, although they are the leftovers.

  • If the chicken is boneless, it‘s so easy. Fry some chopped onion, garlic, ginger, capsicum, green peas and add chicken pieces. Now combine, either boiled rice or boiled pasta, into it. Add salt, pepper, chilly flakes. Fry for 3 to 4 minutes and your tasty treat is ready.
  • The leftover chicken, or fish pieces, can also be added in fresh soups or gravies.
  • All you have to do is, just use a little bit of imagination, to convert the leftover chicken into delicious kebabs, and the leftover fish, into tempting fish balls or fish pakodas.
  • For this purpose, you have to shred the leftover chicken or fish, into small pieces, and spread them over a chapati or bread slice. Add grated cheese (optional), onion rings, lettuce leaves and tomato sauce. Roll them, and your chicken roll or fish roll is ready to be eaten.
Fish pakodas with leftover fish pieces—yummy!

Fish pakodas with leftover fish pieces—yummy!

5 delicious leftover turkey recipes, source: YouTube

How to reuse the Leftover Bread:

When the bread is freshly baked from the oven, it tastes delicious but when 2 or 3 slices are somehow left, it becomes hard and no one wants to eat them.

1. It‘s a good idea to cut the leftover bread, into small squares, fry them and use them, in soups and salads. The crispiness of such breads add to the taste of your soups and salads.

2. You can even use the leftover bread, for binding purposes, in the cutlets and kebabs.

Just soak them in water for few seconds, squeeze out the water, mash and mix, in the required mixture. This acts, as a perfect binding ingredient.

3. You can dry the leftover bread in the Sun, or simply microwave it for a minute. Later on, grind it in the food processor, to obtain the perfec, homemade breadcrumbs.

Leftover vegetables with white sauce

Leftover vegetables with white sauce

Leftover boiled veggies in creamy white sauce

Leftover boiled veggies in creamy white sauce

How to reuse the Leftover Vegetables and Lentils (Daal)

Mix Leftover Veggies and Lentils, along with the Dough:

  • You can mash and mix, the leftover vegetables, in the whole wheat dough, and roll out, into chapatis or the Indian parathas or rolls.
  • If required, you can puree them or mash them, before kneading along with the dough.
  • Leftover daal or lentils, if mashed and kneaded with wheat flour, can be made into delicious parathas. You may add spices, and green coriander leaves, if you like.
  • Similarly, you might have some leftover boiled vegetables.
  • Boiled leftover vegetables, can be combined and mashed, to make vegetable cutlets. Add some spices and fresh mint leaves to enhance the flavuors. Coat with breadcrumbs and shallow fry them.
  • Leftover vegetables can be fried along with the leftover white boiled rice. It will taste even better, if fresh and fried onion rings, are added to it, along with fresh and green coriander.
  • Boiled and leftover vegetables taste delicious in white sauce, or manchurian sauce.
Combine leftover carrots, peas and other vegetables, into the leftover rice, for a wholesome meal. Add butter or cheese, according to your preference.

Combine leftover carrots, peas and other vegetables, into the leftover rice, for a wholesome meal. Add butter or cheese, according to your preference.

A delicious snack, made with leftover boiled potatoes, cottage cheese, boiled peas, and cheese

A delicious snack, made with leftover boiled potatoes, cottage cheese, boiled peas, and cheese

Just bake them for 5 to 10 minutes, in a cupcake baking tray, with grated cheese toppings—The resulting recipe is heavenly delicious.

Just bake them for 5 to 10 minutes, in a cupcake baking tray, with grated cheese toppings—The resulting recipe is heavenly delicious.

How to reuse Leftover Fruits:

  • Some of the fruits, such as banana taste best, when they are fresh. If they are leftover for two days, no one wants to eat them. You can mash them, and add in cake batters, to make lovely banana cakes. Adding cinnamon powder and spices, will add to its taste.
  • Leftover fruits can be cut into small pieces, and caramelized with a little sugar, and cinnamon powder. They taste great, as a dessert.
  • Leftover fruits such as apple pieces, pineapple chunks, grapes etc. can be combined, into custards or puddings.
  • Overripe fruits can be combined, into milkshakes or curd shakes.
  • Leftovers fruits can be combined into delicious smoothies. And you can add one, or many varieties of fruits into the smoothies.
Leftover fruits can be combined into custards or fruit milk shakes

Leftover fruits can be combined into custards or fruit milk shakes

Why should we reuse leftover food?

The main purpose of using the leftover food, is to avoid the wastage, and thereby save some money. In addition, to the above mentioned recipes, there can be several other delicious options.

It generally happens after a big party, that no one wants to eat the same food, which they had relished before, and during the party.

With a little creativity and imagination, you can think of so many other ways, to make the leftover foods, tasty again.

In this way, not only will you save your money, but save the planet as well, by not wasting food.

Please remember that the food, you are throwing away, could have been a meal, for some poor person.

Awesome recipes with leftover foods, source: YouTube

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 08, 2018:

Thank You Rajan Ji for appreciating the article! It means a lot coming from you.

I genuinely believe that food should not be wasted. And thus I always find new ways of reusing leftover food items.

Thank You for reading and commenting!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 08, 2018:

Very useful tips to use leftover foods. Invariably most of regularly have leftover food which cannot & should not go to waste as you explain.

Numerous ideas in your article will help one decide how to turn these leftovers into dishes of one's choice.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 28, 2015:

Thank you Nithya, for your positive comments!

Glad to learn that you liked the message of this hub.

Appreciate your visit and support. Thank you!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on September 28, 2015:

Thank you Dianna, for your generous comments!

I am glad you liked the hub and the message. Your idea of using leftovers is interesting and I would love to try it.

Thank you!

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 24, 2015:

Great post and yes the food that we throw away could have been a meal for a poor person. Informative and useful hub, thank you for sharing.

Dianna Mendez on September 23, 2015:

We use our leftovers around here. As you say, it is a great way to avoid waste and make your budget stretch. One of our favorite tricks is to make a pot of beans and use it all week in different dishes, salads, hummus, veggie burgers, pasta, etc. Love this post!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 20, 2014:

Thanks cmoneyspinner1tf, for reading, commenting and sharing this hub!

Glad to meet you! Thanks!

Treathyl FOX from Austin, Texas on May 20, 2014:

Shared this to my Facebook foodie page. Thanks for connecting with me via Google+.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 27, 2013:

Thanks MarleneB, for reading this hub and your appreciative comments. Yes, we can use the left over food to make them interesting again, thereby avoiding wastage and saving money.

I am sure you will get many more ideas.

Thanks and have a good day!

Marlene Bertrand from USA on March 26, 2013:

You have come up with some mighty fine tips for leftovers. Amazingly, I have never heard of any of these uses for leftovers, but now that you mention them, they all sound wonderful. In our house, we often have leftover bread - the last few pieces. I think I'll try your idea of turning them into tasty morsels to place in my next salad. Thanks.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 21, 2013:

Thanks North Wind, for understanding the purpose of writing this hub. I appreciate you're reading this hub and commenting.

North Wind from The World (for now) on March 21, 2013:

Good tips! I do agree that we should try our best not to waste food when there are those who are literally dying because they do not have any. I do try my best to use all of my leftovers.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on March 21, 2013:

Thanks bzirkone, for visiting my hub. I appreciate your comments.

You are so right, it feels bad to throw away the food, you prepared with so much hard work. Glad you found ways to reuse them.

Thanks for your nice words!

bzirkone from Kansas on March 21, 2013:

Wow.. these are great ideas, especially for leftover bread. I bake a lot of bread and you are so right, the last few pieces get left on the cutting board.. I hate throwing them away because I worked so hard to make them and as you say, it is such a waste of money to to waste the ingredients. Great hub, glad I found you!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 30, 2013:

Thanks DDE, for your support and appreciation. It means a lot to me.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 30, 2013:

Great ideas and so easy to do to. A helpful way in getting rid of leftovers instead thrashing these goodies.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 29, 2013:

Hi kohuether!

Thanks for reading this hub and your positive feedback. You are right, bread pudding is my favorite too.

Katherine Olga Tsoukalas from New Hampshire on January 28, 2013:

Interesting and fun ideas! Another thing I like to do with leftover bread is make bread pudding which is one of my favorite comfort foods.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 28, 2013:

Thanks mr-veg, for your visit and comments. You got the point.

mr-veg from Colorado United States on January 27, 2013:

Nice tip Chitrangada, I agree we should try to minimize the food wastage always !!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 27, 2013:

Thanks KoffeeKlatch Gals, for visiting and commenting on this hub.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on January 26, 2013:

You have some very good suggestions for leftovers. Up and useful.

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