As you know, the Easy Food test kitchen is always on the look-out for tips and tricks to make your life easier and your food tastier. Here are a few tips we’ve picked up recently to make your food go further …

Today’s spiced vegetables, tomorrows quesadillas

If you have leftover spiced vegetables from the Marinated Beef Fajitas, make next-day quesadillas. Simply pile them into wraps with some grated cheese and cook in a pan or sandwich press until golden. Serve with leftover salsa and sour cream.

Spare egg yolks become creamy carbonara

Keep the separated egg yolks after making the chocolate orange cookies and use them to make a quick midweek carbonara along with bacon left from the BLT Salad and some pappardelle or tagliatelle.

Make more of your mushrooms

Slice leftover Portobello mushrooms and cook with 2-3 crushed garlic cloves in a little butter. Stir in a splash of cream left over from the Chicken Florentine, a little salt and plenty of black pepper. Spoon the mushrooms over toast and top with some leftover chopped fresh parsley for a delicious breakfast or lunch.

SOS – Save Our Shallots

To make a simple tomato and shallot salad, finely slice 3-4 leftover shallots and place in a bowl. Stir together 60ml lemon juice, ½ tbsp apple cider vinegar, 60ml olive oil and some salt and black pepper. Pour this vinaigrette over the shallots and marinate for 30 minutes. Chop leftover cucumber and halve any remaining cherry tomatoes, then place these in a bowl. Pour over the shallot vinaigrette. You could serve this with rocket and some grilled Halloumi for a tasty lunch.