Ways to use up leftover food
19 Apr

When you plan your meals right, you won’t have too much of it left over and that is the smart way to reduce waste. However, with some individuals, leftover food gives the cook in the family a much-needed break. Leftover food is also perfect for elderly people or those living alone who choose not to cook every day.

Here are some tips, ideas and easy ways to use leftover food.


Fried rice is one of the simplest ways to use up cooked leftover rice. Add meat, eggs or vegetables for a delicious meal which kids will love. You can also make a tasty rice custard or pudding dessert with cooked rice by adding eggs, milk, sugar and raisins. Rice can also be made into rice cakes or cutlets and patties.


Make a delicious roll or sandwich with some garlic, olive oil, tomatoes and some leftover meat. You could make paratha rolls with Kawan Frozen Parathas. All you’ve got to do is heat the paratha for 3 minutes and spread a little sauce and mayonnaise on it, top it with chopped  veggies and some leftover chicken and there you go. A flavoursome and filling paratha roll to relish as a snack or your dinner. Find more simple recipes here.


Leftover bread is best made into croutons and bread crumbs. Croutons are a yummy accompaniment to salads and soups. Breadcrumbs are perfect for frying and baking your chicken dishes. Leftover bread can also be used to make mini pizzas.


The steamed or grilled vegetables that you served as a side dish one night can be turned into soup on another day.

In a mixer, squash the vegetables with 3 or 4 cups of vegetable or chicken broth, then warm the soup in a pot. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and finish the soup with a bit of olive oil or croutons.

If your goal is to avoid food waste, then you can find a great use for pretty much anything. It just takes a bit of creativity, but it’s so worth it when it’s tasty, healthy and saves you money!

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