As a Muslim wife and mother we must not waste. Allah(SWT) does not like the one who is wasteful. We must watch what we throw away and what we save and do more saving than throwing. I struggle with this a lot and am trying myself to perfect this in my life as a Muslim.
I think when we have leftovers we can do so many different things with that food. Many times we have leftovers in our home. I will most of the time use it for lunch or dinner the next night. This way I get a free night of NO COOKING!!! :)
I ALWAYS have leftover bread. Well, there are so many things you can do with leftover bread. Use it for toast the next morning for breakfast. I have even broke mine into small pieces and put it in the freezer to add to meatloaf or meatballs. You can also break your bread drizzle it with olive oil and sprinkle it with some garlic salt and bake it in the oven for some homemade chips. Then dip it in some salsa. A very nice treat. You have to do this with leftover pita bread, though, not regular bread. However, you can make your own croutons for salad with regular bread. Just cut it into cubes and bake it or fry it and there ya go!!
Leftover meat can be used in a soup or stew. I do this often. I will take my leftover meat and throw it into my crock pot and add some veggies,pot, and spices and set it on low and let it cook the day away. Again another free day of no cooking for me. You can also take leftover chicken and make chicken salad for the next days lunch.
I will often give my husband whatever we had for dinner for his lunch the next day. This way he can have a hot meal for his mid day meal and keeps him going.
I also like to freeze soups when I make them and have them ready for a night when I am not in the mood to cook. All I have to do is pull out my frozen soup in the morning an let it thaw and then when it's time for dinner just make a pot of rice and dinner is served.
We need to please Allah even with our food. Save and use it. Not only will you save money but you will be doing what Allah has asked for you to do.