Friday, April 3, 2009

Utilizing Leftovers

During Thanksgiving I stocked up on turkeys at .69 a pound. I bought 3 turkeys. From one turkey I can plan at least 3 meals to feed my family of 6. If you have the freezer space you can easily cut down your food cost by stocking up when the price is right. Cooking in large amounts and then planning additional meals around whats left over can be helpful.

Most of the time buying in bulk can save you money. This is especially true when purchasing meat since there usually isn't very many coupons out there for meat. Buying a whole chicken will be cheaper then buying just chicken breast and you will be getting more meat. Here are a few suggestions for planning meals with leftovers.

~1st Meal Oven roasted chicken dinner
~2nd Meal Chicken sandwiches, BBQ chicken or chicken noodle soup

Roast Beef
~1st Meal Crockpot Roast Beef dinner
~2nd Meal Cold roast beef sandwiches, BBQ sandwiches or French dips

~1st Meal Roasted turkey dinner
~2nd Meal Turkey sandwiches, pot pies or tetrazinni

~1st Meal Sliced ham dinner
~2nd Meal Ham sandwiches, breakfast casserole, omelet or ham and potato soup

~1st Meal Meatloaf dinner
~2nd Meal Meatloaf sandwiches or crumble up the loaf and add to spaghetti sauce or use for toppings on a homemade pizza


  1. Great! Thank you for sharing.Hugs, Bobbi Jo

  2. There was one week that my husband and I roasted a chicken and created 6 different meals with it. There are only 2 of us to feed, but it was the only meat we used all week.

  3. I definitely need to get better at figuring out how to serve items a second time without serving them as leftovers. Thanks for the ideas!