Hey guys so I know I’ve been MIA for the past few months on here. It was summer and I did a lot of traveling to see family, i went on a few vacations and i actually just moved into a new apartment with my boyfriend which has all been super exciting We are finally getting settled into our new place and our kitchen is now fully stocked with all of the best stuff that we both love! Something that we struggle with as a couple sometimes is what to eat. I am a pescatarian and have been since i was younger and he eats meat basically with every meal lol. Meat is something that i decided to give up because of the animal cruelty that goes on in the meat industry today and the mass production of it all which is so un-necesary seeing that americans and people in general throw out SO much food including meat that just is an animal’s life that goes to waste! This is a personal choice I’ve made to not eat it however i do buy and cook it still for family, friends and most of the time my boyfriend. Now that we are on our own in our apartment I’ve found that there is a lot of leftover meat and food in general now that theres only two of us and i don’t eat a lot of what he eats.
A very common meal for him is chicken and rice. I make about 3-4 chicken breasts in the crockpot and i shred it so he can mix it with his rice. After a few days of this he gets tired of the same old meal so I’ve been trying to come up with ideas on how to use this leftover food and re-purpose it into something he will want to eat again so it doesn’t go to waste! The shredded chicken i made at the beginning of the week has since then been made into chicken tacos, chicken and rice, a buffalo chicken crescent roll ring (which he raves about) and i have even put some of it in his eggs in the morning. The rice we usually make in pretty big quantities and whatever is leftover after a few days we make into fried rice and add shrimp or veggies to make it into a meal. The same thing can honestly be done with any kind of meat like pulled pork, steak and even leftover lunch meat. All of these stuff can be added to casseroles, breakfast, tacos or other cool recipes that can be found all over the internet.
If you don’t eat meat you can repurpose veggies and other foods the same way! I cut a ton of veggies in the beginning of the week and just store them in a tupperware container. Throughout the week i add these veggies to my omelets and eggs, to rice or zoodles to add some more substance and i use them as a side with some fish for dinner. These saves me a ton of time with meal prep every day and i also don’t have to do as many dishes (which is always a plus in my book).
Not only does this re-purposing save us tons of money on food every week but it also saves time! We both are students and we both work so we have very little time during the school year to plan a new meal every night. Its way easier to throw some meat in a croc pot before work or class and repurpose it for the whole week and by doing this you don’t get sick of the same meal every single day.