Monday, August 6, 2012

Saving Money on Groceries by Repurposing Leftovers


As Americans, we have started living in a throw away society, instant gratification. Fast food, throw away plates etc… this is one of the reason’s we have the high obesity rates we do today. I am not lecturing I promise because I have lost 50 lbs myself.  What I am saying that all those conveniences come at a price. The first being our health and the second being a really high grocery bill.

We all know what fast food does to our health and our weight so I am not even going there . With the economy in the state it is in and people losing jobs, all of us probably are in situations in which cutting back on our grocery bill could really help. I know it is really hard with the price of groceries going up to think how can I cut back anymore. You can, you just have to be willing. The first and for most thing you need to do is to cook from scratch if you haven’t. Whether it be boxed food in the grocery store or fast food those things come at steep prices.  Do you realize what you can make out of 1 bag of flour (bread, cookies, pancakes etc….  If you can not cook, there are so many tutorials online, all recipes has a ton of cooking videos so does taste of home. All you have to do search.  Once you have your pantry basics, you are set to make anything your heart desires. Here is a link to a series on how to build up your panty on a budget.

Once you are cooking and making things from scratch, another way to cut cost is by repurposing your leftovers. Having leftovers does not mean having the same exact meal every night! You take your leftovers and transform them. I like using leftover chicken into chicken quesadillas’, left over ham or pork into  fried rice or quiche. All you need is a basic recipe and here is my basic formula’s for  a basic quiche and basic fried rice.

Basic Quiche

5 eggs

1 cup of milk

1/2 cup to 1 cup of cheese

salt and pepper to taste

approximately 1 cup of leftover meat and veggies

1 pie crust  or  make it crust less


Mix eggs, milk cheese and leftovers, salt and pepper. Pour into a pie shell or pie pan. bake on 350 for approximately 1 hour until set in middle. Here is a picture of my 

Southwestern Sausage and Green Chili Quiche



Fried Rice

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3 cups of leftover rice

2T of soy sauce

1 small onion diced

1 and 1/2 cups of leftover or frozen veggies

3 eggs scrambled

2T oil

optional 1 cup of leftover meat.

In a large pan add oil and saute on medium high until soft. Add rice and cook for 3 or 4 minutes. Next add veggies ( if frozen, cook until warmed through) and meat if you are adding. Finally take mixture off of stove and add soy sauce and eggs.


I am planning another post this week on Eating Healthy and Well  on a shoestring budget…

Here is my menu plan for this week!


Monday: Leftover fried rice

Tuesday:  Roasted Chicken and veggies

Wednesday: Chicken Quesadillas' and homemade salasa

Thursday  Grilled Pork Chops and  Cinnamon Apples

Friday: Pizza Pasta 


Hope you check out my blog tomorrow if you are a cheesecake fan you will love this next recipe! Smile

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