Easy to Make Meals Using Leftover Vegetables

I’ve added a store to the site with three e-books that I hope you’ll check out. One of them is about eating vegetarian food on a budget so I thought I’d post a short excerpt from the book here with some ideas about what sort of budget friendly meals you can make that are veggie centric and use leftovers.




Making a stir-fry is super-easy. All you need is any mixture of veggies, soy sauce, honey, ginger and some cornstarch (or even flour if you don’t have it).

Cook the veggies in oil in a large, hot plan in the order of cooking time length, adding a new veggie every couple of minutes. Mix 1/2 cup soy sauce, 2 tablespoons honey, 1/2 teaspoon ginger, 1/2 cup water and 1 teaspoon of cornstarch

When the veggies are almost done, put the mixture into the pan, cook until thick, and serve over rice. You can also add cold leftover rice straight to the pan to make a great veggie stir-fry rice dish.



Put any veggies such as white potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, green beans, corn, and even cabbage into 6 cups of veggie broth. Boil until the veggies are cooked through. Thicken the broth with flour or remove some of the potatoes from the pan and blend before adding them back to the soup.

To make the soup even hardier, add some black beans and a can of chopped tomato to the mix. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic. Another trick to make a hearty broth is to use half V8 Juice and half broth.



If you have any type of leftovers, this is a great time to make wraps. Use large flour shells, whatever leftovers you have, wrap up, and then heat in a hot non-stick pan to get the outside gets lightly browned.

You can even do this with leftover salad, black beans, and salsa without heating the wrap for a great meal on a hot day. You really can put anything in a wrap – whether it’s a flour tortilla or another type of wrap.


Feel free to post your ideas for using leftovers and be sure to check out the books, which you’ll find to the left of this post.

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