One of the best ways to save money on food is not to waste it! When you read the statistics of how much food Americans throw away each year, the number is staggering. And while I am not a proponent of dumpster diving for food, I do think we should be proactive in not letting things go to waste.
A great way to divert good food from hitting the trash can is to eat it up within four days, the USDA guidelines for leftovers that are properly stored. However, sometimes, we get a little tired of eating the same item several days in a row.
That’s when we need to give leftovers new life! A little creative work in the kitchen can take last night’s dinner and make it into something tasty and new. Corn on the cob becomes Corn Salad. A little bit of meat and veggies becomes a great soup. And leftover chicken and gravy create the filling for a delicious Chicken Pot Pie.
One favorite Re-Do at our house is Baked Potato Homefries. Simply chop leftover baked potatoes and saute them in oil with spices, onions, and pepper. Easy, filling and a delicious way to enjoy leftovers.
Baked Potato Homefries
2 Tablespoons cooking oil
2 baked potatoes, diced
1/4 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced bell pepper
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
salt and pepper to taste
In large skillet heat oil until shimmering. Add potatoes,onions, and diced pepper. Cook, stirring frequently until onions and peppers are tender and potatoes are lightly browned. Stir in parsley and salt and pepper. Serve hot.