Repurpose Leftovers and Savor the Savings -- Savings Experiment

Repurposing leftovers is a great way to save money while satisfying your taste buds -- you just have to use a little creativity in the kitchen. Here are a few great tips on how to take your leftovers from bland to grand.

You don't need a big budget to make a filling meal. For instance, if you have leftover pizza in the fridge, cut it into small squares and use it as the bread base for an exciting egg casserole or fritatta.

Extra mashed potatoes are surprisingly versatile. For one, you can make homemade gnocchi with them, just by adding egg yolks and flour. They're also an excellent flour substitute. Simply freeze the leftover mashed potatoes and you can use one part mash to two parts flour in almost any recipe.

If you have leftover rice, try mixing it in with pancake batter. Although it sounds a bit strange, the rice will actually expand the volume of your pancakes, and add a distinct flavor that goes well with jelly.

Pasta with potatoes and grated cheese in a casserole dish
Pasta with potatoes and grated cheese in a casserole dish

Those with a sweet tooth can create a healthy treat from ripe bananas. Just freeze the fruit for an hour, and then mash it up to create a silky version of ice cream.

Using these easy tips, you can create multiple meals without dipping too deep into your budget. Bon appetit!