Last week Christine gave four tips for saving money on holiday groceries. She mentioned that during the holidays stores will occasionally have deep discounts on items like turkeys or hams. This is a good time to include planned-overs in your weekly menu to save money. During the busy holiday season, it can also save you time in the kitchen.
Planned-overs are leftovers you plan into your weekly menu. When you have a day off or an evening free, you can make an entire extra meal such as a casserole or prepare extra ingredients that can be included in recipes later in the week. Let’s imagine we bought an extra ham during a great holiday sale. Below is a sample menu that uses the ham we got on sale and includes some planned-over shortcuts to use throughout the week.
Sunday Ham and Easy Roasted Veggies (cut up the ham to use Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday)
Monday It’s a Meal Strata (cut up extra vegetables to use for Tuesday and Wednesday)
Tuesday Mama’s Pizza Boats
Wednesday Whole Meal Salad
Thursday Ham and Brown Rice (make extra rice for Saturday)
Saturday Fiesta Skillet Dinner
Prepared dishes and cooked ingredients will only last four days in the refrigerator. If you won’t be able to use them within four days, freeze them to use at a later date.
For more dinner menu ideas using planned-overs, check out our How to Use Planned-overs video.