My grandmother was a child of the depression. She used to say, "Waste not, want not," frequently. Unfortunately, not everyone listened to her. New statistics say, 40% of the food in the US goes uneaten. We've always been pretty good about using our leftovers, but we've redoubled our efforts this year. And what little we do throw out, we compost.
I've gotten creative. Last night, we grilled steaks. (Yes, Erie's finally gotten warm enough to barbecue again!) We had leftovers...we've been trying to eat a lot less meat, so what used to be one meal is more than that now. So tonight, I sliced it thin, added mushrooms, heated them with some taco spices. I did black beans and onions in another pan. Then we topped them with salsa and Greek yogurt instead of of sour cream. (If you've never substituted it...try it. It's very good.) Served them on tortillas. There's a bit left for my lunch tomorrow. No leftovers!
An added bonus is, I cook a lot less because one meal can turn into two...sometimes three.
If you have any favorite tricks to using up leftovers, I'd love to hear them.