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Plan your Leftovers
By Monica Resinger

Using leftovers not only saves money by using up foods that you have on hand, 
therefore decreasing shopping trips, but it can also save time. The most 
obvious way you can save time using leftovers is that the dish is already 
and all you have to do is warm it up the next evening for a meal. This, 
however, can get boring.  Another, more exciting way to use leftovers is to 
plan your 

To plan your leftovers means to plan on cooking more of something in your 
current meal to use for an upcoming planned meal. For example, if you are 
roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, and roasted vegetables for dinner 
tonight, you could plan on cooking double the amount of roast beef that your 
normally eats so you can use the extra in tomorrow night’s dinner which is 
planned to be open faced, hot roast beef sandwiches and green salad. You could 
even go the extra length and make double the amount of mashed potatoes and 
roasted vegetables to make potato pancakes and pasta salad with sliced roasted 
vegetables to go with the open faced hot roast beef sandwiches. You would have 
most of your upcoming meal already prepared for you. 

Of course, this takes a little time to plan, but cooking this way will save 
you a lot more time than what it took to plan it and as a bonus, you‘ll be 
saving oodles of money! Planning will ensure that you have the right 
on hand for your planned meals. 

To plan your leftovers, you just need to think about the way you use your 
leftovers. You could sit down with a notebook and pen and write down all the 
in which you use leftovers and ad to it when you find new ideas. Make a few 
pages for each different type of leftover such as 'chicken', 'beef', 
'potatoes', 'bread', 'vegetables', 'pasta', etc.  If you'd like to skip this 
part or 
need more ideas for what to do with your leftovers, check out the e-book ‘The 
Leftover Recipe E-book’ here: 

Once you have written down all the ways you use leftovers, you can then plan 
your meals for the week in either your notebook (this is a great idea because 
you can use it over and over again) or on a calendar. Say you want to have 
chili and cornbread this week. Plan on making a double batch of chili to use 
next night for chili dogs (or maybe even a triple batch so family members can 
use some for lunches). Once you have your menu planned, then you’ll need to 
make a shopping list to ensure you have all ingredients needed. 

Have fun with it and save lots of time and money!

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