Menu planning for your family can be difficult when you’re juggling everyone’s likes and dislikes. To make it easier, here’s a list of eight foods for multiple recipes. Keep these on hand because they can be used for all sorts of meals.
8 food for multiple recipes
Good ol’ plain iceberg lettuce. Start by having a salad – chop it up and prepare it any way that you and your family like. Leave it plain though, and have each person add their own toppings and dressings. What to do with the leftover lettuce? Use it on your tacos the next night. It’s already shredded and ready to go! What about throwing it on a sandwich as well for that extra crunch? They key? Always buy the head of lettuce, not the bag. You can cut it up any way you want and you get a ton more lettuce for way less money!
2. Hard boiled eggs:
One of my families all-time favorite foods because they can be used in so many ways! Hard-boil for a quick protein snack. Have a few left over? Make some deviled eggs for dinner or chop ’em up and add them to a salad. Once you cook them, they are good to go any way that you choose!
Steam up some rice for a yummy stir-fry but leave some out for later use on another recipe. Use the extra rice for some soup to make it bit heartier at the next meal, or try to make some rice pudding for dessert with it!
If your home is anything like mine, we all love pasta. We cook ’em up and eat them with even plain butter some nights. (Try it, its delicious!) We always leave the pasta plain to doctor up at the end because we can use them so many different ways for other dishes. One night, spaghetti by just adding meat and sauce. The next night? Make up a broth and add the pasta with some vegetable for a nice veggie soup. Is there really a wrong way to eat pasta? If so, I haven’t discovered it yet!
Always a winner, no matter what. A raw potato is such a blank canvas. Start by boiling them and soften them up a bit. Once they are primed and ready, mash ’em up to make some amazing and delicious mashed potatoes. Some left over? So many options! Use the leftover mashed potatoes in the morning for fried potato cooks and use a bit and make homemade potato bread. Don’t let any of that potato goodness go to waste!
6. Steamed veggies:
We always use our leftover veggies and make a hearty and delicious soup. It’s easy. Whatever veggies you have left over from dinner, add ’em to your crock-pot with some brother and seasonings, and let the simmering begin!
Who doesn’t love a good apple? We enjoy them fresh in our house, but once they turn a little turn ripe or get bruised, we alter our use by frying ’em up with a little bit of butter and cinnamon or chopping them up and making homemade apple bread. So delicious and still getting the awesome health benefits of the apple!
Did you know that bread is extremely versatile? Yup, once that bread is no longer soft, we use it as a side item to multiple recipes. We’ve made homemade croutons to accompany salads or toasted it up for cheesy bread or garlic toast. Just because it turns a little hard, doesn’t mean it’s past its prime!
Stop stressing over trying to plan the menu each and every week! Stop and look at the food items that you have in your home. You may be surprised that your kitchen is stocked full of some of these amazing food items that you can reuse for many other recipes! Get creative, and have fun trying out new foods and new ways to use them in your cooking! Know any other versatile foods that can be used in multiple recipes? Comment below!