Leftover Bits Transformed
As usual, my boys returned from school hungry and ready for a second lunch. Making creative snacks is a great way to use up leftovers – not to mention get your kids to eat a healthy snack. A Panini is just one way to put all those little bits and pieces from other meals to good use. After making a quick search of the refrigerator, I found the makings for a tasty panini.
We made an Italian meal a couple of nights ago and had a few things left: salami, roasted red peppers, marinara, homemade bread (now a little stale) and mozzarella cheese. I also keep a pot of fresh basil growing in the window, so I picked a few leaves and grabbed some olive oil.
I quickly assembled these goodies and put them on the Panini maker. You would never know the bread was on its last legs. These crunchy, warm sandwiches turned seemingly useless scraps into something amazing! Trust me, I got no complaints from my boys as they gobbled them up. What else was I going to do with 6 slices of salami and some random veggies?
Be Creative With Leftovers
There are certain dishes that lend themselves to being reinvented. I use up all kinds of things that, on their own, wouldn’t be enough for more than a bite or two. Omelets, salads, quesadillas, paninis (of course!) and soups are great for absorbing all those little extras.
So, don’t throw it out! Transform it! You’ll be able to stretch your grocery bill a little further, and don’t we all know that every bit matters! Have you ever ordered a sandwich like this at a restaurant? How much did you pay? This one cost pennies, tasted wonderful and helped me clear out my fridge.
Seriously, just look at this deliciousness! I dare say you could pair this with some homemade soup and call it dinner!
What creative ways have you come up with for using leftovers?