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As a busy mom, what do you do when a meal is finished? Do you wash dishes and wrap up the leftovers? Do you actually eat the leftovers, or do they sit in the fridge getting yucky? As a busy mom, you want to make sure you make plenty of frugal meals for your family - and that includes a strategic use of leftovers. With the simple tips in this article you will learn a number of frugal cooking recipes that will help use up leftovers.
One of the problems with leftovers, is that we tend to serve them day after day until they are gone.. Say you prepare a giant roast beef for Sunday dinner - there are plenty of leftovers, but the family will get tired if you keep serving slices of roast beef over and over for the rest of the week. You will have to get creative with your meal planning to keep dishes on the table that your family will actually eat.
You can start by chopping that roast up into bite size pieces. Add in some frozen vegetables, and some instant rice. Cook in a large frying pan or a wok, add in soy sauce and a beaten egg and you have a frugal meal of beef fried rice.
That's just one way that a leftover roast can be re-used. Don't forget beef stroganoff, a classic that's simple to make - just add some cream of mushroom soup, sour cream and egg noodles and you have a classic comfort food dish.
Left over hamburgers don't need to go to waste - just take them and break them apart - they can become the basis for a traditional spaghetti meat sauce or you can add some taco seasoning and create a meal of tacos or burritos that is sure to be a family crowd pleaser.
Using a little creative thinking can turn any bunch of leftovers into frugal meals that last the whole week. Just take a moment to plan your main "big" meal and then brainstorm 2 or 3 other meals that can be made with it and make sure you have all the ingredients on hand in your pantry.
You'll be more likely to re-use leftovers if you don't have to hit the grocery store for last minute items. If you have enough leftover leftovers, you can even freeze this meal and pull it out of the freezer on another night.
By strategically using leftovers you will save time and money. Just watch your grocery bill go down and your free-time increase. You can even use the savings to order in one night - don't worry - we won't tell.
Andrea Stein is the founder of CookingGadgets101.com, a cookware and kitchen news and review site. A passionate cook and foodie, Andrea has made CookingGagets101.com the place for honest and comprehensive reviews of cooking and kitchen tools. Stop by to get a your free Frugal Cooking Guide.


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