One of the easiest ways to save money on groceries is to reduce food waste by finding creative uses for leftover ingredients. Whether it's a few vegetables, a piece of meat, or some cooked grains, there are countless ways to turn your leftovers into a delicious meal or snack.
Roast Vegetable Frittata
If you have leftover roasted vegetables, turn them into a tasty frittata for breakfast or brunch. Simply whisk some eggs and milk together, season with salt and pepper, and pour over the vegetables in a skillet. Cook on the stovetop until the bottom is set, then transfer to the oven to finish cooking. Top with some shredded cheese and fresh herbs before serving.
If you have leftover rice and some vegetables, make a quick and easy stir-fry. Heat some of our extra-virgin olive oil in a skillet, add the vegetables and stir-fry for a few minutes, then add the rice and stir-fry for a few more minutes. Add some soy sauce, sesame oil, and any other seasonings you like, and you have a delicious and satisfying meal.
If you have a few vegetables that are starting to wilt, turn them into a flavorful vegetable soup. Saute some onions and garlic in a pot, add the vegetables, and cover with vegetable or chicken broth. Bring to a boil, then simmer until the vegetables are tender. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth and creamy, and serve with some crusty bread.
Leftover Meat Tacos
If you have leftover meat, turn it into delicious tacos. Simply warm up the meat in a skillet with some of our extra-virgin olive oil and Elevate Mediterranean spices, then serve in tortillas with your favorite toppings, such as salsa, guacamole, and cheese. You can also use leftover meat in quesadillas, salads, or sandwiches.
If you have leftover fruit, turn it into a refreshing smoothie bowl. Blend the fruit with some yogurt or milk, then top with granola, nuts, and seeds for added crunch. You can also add some greens, such as spinach or kale, for extra nutrients.
Croutons and Bread Crumbs
If you have leftover bread, turn it into croutons or breadcrumbs. Cut the bread into cubes and toss with some of our extra-virgin olive oil, salt, and herbs, then bake in the oven until crispy. Use the croutons to top salads or soups, or use the bread crumbs to coat chicken or fish before frying.
Leftover Pasta Salad
If you have leftover pasta salad, turn it into a tasty pasta bake. Simply transfer the pasta salad to a baking dish, top with some cheese and breadcrumbs, and bake in the oven until heated through and golden brown. Serve with a side salad for a quick and easy meal.
By getting creative with your leftovers, you can reduce food waste and save money on groceries. These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg, so don't be afraid to experiment with your own ingredients and come up with your own delicious creations.