Eating leftovers doesn't have to be boring. It's easier than you think to transform yesterday's dinner into a delicious new meal. Be sure to label leftovers with the date so you know when they're approaching their last days.
3. Buy in Bulk
Prepackaged items can force you to buy more than you need, leaving a lot of waste behind. Many supermarkets have bulk food aisles where you can buy staples such as rice, pasta, flour, beans and spices in whatever quantity you choose.
Another shopping tip: if you require only small amounts of produce for a recipe, pick them up from the salad bar.
4. Organize the Refrigerator
Have you ever ended up with too much mayonnaise because you missed that jar hiding behind the milk carton? Designate areas for condiments, dairy and other categories so you know what you have at a glance.
When you unpack groceries, place new items in the back so you'll use up older products first.
Surprise! Expiration dates usually refer to quality of food, not safety. Learn the lingo of product labeling so you don't end up discarding perfectly good food.
7. Practice Portion Control
Sometimes your eyes are bigger than your stomach and you end up with a plateful of half-eaten food. No matter how hungry you are, it's more efficient to start with a smaller portion and go back for seconds than to fill your plate immediately.
8. Leave No Food Behind
Don't throw away those odds and ends! Smoothies, soups and stews are delicious ways to use up the last scraps of items like milk, produce and meat.
9. Share with Others
If you find yourself with excess amounts of canned goods or other non-perishables that you know you won't use, donate them to a local food bank or soup kitchen.
What's your favorite way to dress up leftovers? Tell us about it in the comments!