With the lockdown set to continue for a couple more weeks, we’re all still trying to go to the shops less often and make our food go further – and that means making the most of leftover meat and veg is an absolute must!
If you’re stumped for ways to use up the bits that are going spare in your fridge, we’re here to lend a hand. With a bit of Slimming World know-how, it’s surprisingly simple to turn your odds and ends into delicious, healthy meals that you can enjoy for breakfast, lunch or even dinner.
Our members have found some inventive and tasty ways to put their leftovers to good use, from sizzling skewers to colourful chillies – and we’d love to hear your ideas, too! If you’re looking for some inspiration, take a look at how our savvy slimmers are waging a delicious war on waste…
Fire up the barbie
Staying at home doesn’t have to mean missing out on sunshine season, and if you’re lucky enough to have a garden or balcony, a barbecue is a great way to maximise your leftovers. Shredded cabbage, carrots and lettuce will make a tasty slaw to go with your Slimming World burgers, while surplus meat and veggies can be turned into healthy skewers, like Libby’s (@libbys_swjourney) tasty tandoori chicken kebabs. And if you don’t have a barbie, these taste just as good cooked under your grill.
Have a rummage through your vegetable drawer… Do you have some broccoli, peppers and onions that need using up? Then you’re already halfway to serving up a satisfying stir-fry for lunch or dinner. Stir-fries are a great way to level up your leftovers because you can throw pretty much anything you’ve got into the pan, along with some noodles or rice, and you’ll have a healthy meal in no time. Lou (@sw_run_love_repeat) took her spare veggies and transformed them into this colourful egg-fried rice dish for her lunch, and you could make yours even more filling by throwing some leftover chicken, pork or beef into the mix, too.
Batch of the day
Making extra portions of your favourite dishes not only means you’ll have fewer leftover ingredients to worry about – you’ll also have delicious meals to enjoy for lunch or dinner over the next few days. Or, if you really want to get ahead, you can freeze them, so you have a healthy meal ready to go on those hectic days when time is too tight to cook from scratch. Soups, pasta bakes and casseroles all make brilliant batches, or you might feel inspired by Michelle’s (@shelljackson) gorgeous pork chilli, which she enjoyed so much she had it again the day after.
If your Sunday roast has left you with some surplus chicken (or beef, pork or lamb), cooking up a curry is a fantastic way to transform uneaten meat into a quick and easy midweek meal. Our leftover chicken curry recipe is a delicious way to use up any roast chicken you didn’t manage to finish off on Sunday.
Whether you’re a stir-fry star or master of the barbie, send us your foodie pics (or share on social using #theSlimmingWorldblog) and let us know how you’re loving your leftovers.