Turkey Caprese Sandwiches

You can use either deli sliced turkey or roast turkey slices in this easy and delicious turkey caprese sandwich. One of the best ways you can save money on groceries is to shop when food is on sale, and you can freeze turkey roasts, whole turkeys, and turkey breasts as well as deli turkey slices.

Tex-Mex Beef Casserole

Planned leftovers helps me to not only reduce waste but speed up prep time on meals using the leftovers. Because the Carne Guisada is already prepared, creating this dish is just a matter of assembling the layers and baking. We almost always have rice in the refrigerator, but if we don’t, it’s easy to cook some in the rice cooker (if you don’t have a rice cooker, you are missing out on the easiest way to make rice—no more burned rice because it cooked too long). The meat is already seasoned, so if you don’t like spicy food, consider using a can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes instead of the tomatoes and green chilies.

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pie is comfort food that I grew up with. My grandmother made this often for my grandfather because he loved it so much. Her version contains sliced hard boiled eggs in it, but my husband is not an egg fan so I leave them out. What I never leave out is the bottom crust, because I feel cheated if I cut into a pot pie and discover that there is only a top crust.

Sloppy Joe Pizza

Sloppy Joe Pizza is a tasty way to use up leftover Sloppy Joe meat sauce. Serve with a salad for a complete meal.

Southwestern Hamburger Skillet

This southwestern style stovetop recipe from the Frugal Mom Menu is a quick and easy way to use up leftovers and canned ingredients that you have on hand. If your family likes spicier flavors, substitute enchilada sauce for the tomato soup and add a can of green chilies or tomatoes with green chilies. Other additions that work well are corn and black olives. Although the recipe calls for kidney beans, black beans or red beans can be substituted.

Crockpot Cheesy Ham and Corn Chowder

Combining crockpot recipes with planned leftovers is a great way to maximize both time and money savings. Use leftover ham, and for even faster prep choose frozen diced potatoes instead of peeling and dicing them yourself. If you prefer to avoid processed ingredients, you can substitute Cream of Something soup mix for the cream of […]

Reuben Sandwiches

This Reuben Sandwich Recipe is a great way to use up leftover corned beef, or even to set the crockpot up to cook the corned beef and make the sandwiches in the evening. It’s a crowd-pleaser!

Basil Lime Chicken

Basil Lime Chicken makes enough for a meal with extra to stock your freezer with cooked chicken for quick meal prep. The chicken needs to marinate in the tasty Dijon lime marinade overnight, so be sure to plan ahead.

Vegetarian Burritos

Burritos are typically a low cost meal and are very filling. This vegetarian burrito recipe can be adapted to what is in season and what your family likes. I like to cook a batch of dried pinto beans and serve Pinto Beans and Cornbread for one meal, then use the leftover beans to make Vegetable Burritos. If it’s available, we like to add chopped fresh cilantro. When red bell peppers are expensive (and their price can vary widely – I just bought a package of 6 for $3.99 and have at times paid that much for one pepper), omit them or substitute a green bell pepper.

Ham and Cheese Tortellini

We do a lot of planned leftovers at Menus4Moms, and this is one of our easy leftover ham recipes. Ham and Swiss Sliders are also a good choice for what to make with leftover ham. What some other choices? Take a look at The Ham Plan, a detailed cooking plan for preparing and freezing several hams. If you prefer to avoid cream soups, try the substitution recipes here or here.

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