Throwing away good food to make space for new groceries can be hard, especially if you’re still trying to get your kids to eat by lecturing them about other kids from distant impoverished countries. Follow these recipes for a guilt-free method of reducing all that refrigerator clutter and keeping the picky eaters happy.
1. Spaghetti Sauce and Parmesan Cheese
Just butter up some bread, throw it in a pan, slather on the leftover spaghetti or pizza sauce and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese for easy pizza. Cut into triangles for added authenticity.
2. Canned Tuna and Boxed Stuffing
Combine two cans of tuna with 2 cups of stuffing mix. Add cream of mushroom soup or heavy cream until all the stuffing is just soaked through. Shape into small patties and cook in a pan. These are delicious and even kids who don’t like fish love them.
3. Lunch Meat and Tortillas
One good homemade breakfast is enough to get rid of tortillas that would have otherwise remained untouched. Slice up lunch meat and combine with shredded cheese and peppers, onions, or mushrooms for amazing omelets. Spoon them into tortillas for a delicious breakfast or wrap them up for breakfast burritos on the go.
4. Uncooked Spaghetti and Frozen Veggies
Let the Spaghetti cook in a separate pot while you cook the vegetables in soy sauce. Strain the spaghetti when done and throw it in with the veggies. Add more cooking oil and soy sauce if necessary. Cook for about 2 minutes and you have a simple Lo mein. Add any type of meat for a more complete meal.
5. Canned Black Beans and Rice
Cook the beans in a pan and flavor with cumin. Add cooked rice along with an appropriate amount of cooking oil. Serve and top with whatever leftover dip you have. This works great with shredded cheese, sour cream, and salsa.