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"Planned-overs" Save Time and Money

I always run out of time to prepare food after I get home from work. I grab take-out food too often for my budget. I have some time on Sunday afternoons to do some cooking, but I could use some ideas.
"Planned-overs" Save Time and Money

Beefy Quesadillas

With a little planning, you can get more mileage our of your meal preparations with "planned-overs."

  • Make a beef roast and enjoy part of it with potatoes and carrots. Use the remaining meat for stir-fry, chili, or quesadillas (such as this months recipe). Or try shredding the beef and mixing it with barbecue sauce. Serve on whole-wheat buns.
  • Make a double batch of bowtie pasta and serve with spaghetti sauce for the first meal. Refrigerate the remaining pasta. On the next night, add mayonnaise, chopped vegetables, and canned tuna or planned-over roasted chicken to make a main-dish pasta salad.
  • Hard-cook several eggs. Peel and add chopped celery, onion and mayo to make egg salad sandwiches. Or slice some eggs on a chef's salad.

Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service
Featured in Food Wise March 2017 newsletter (PDF)

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