Did you have spaghetti bolognaise for dinner last night? Do you have a little bit leftover? Before you toss it to the dog, try this amazing recipe for leftover Bolognaise muffins. Our leftover Bolognaise Muffins are not only delicious but they are also cost effective and a great way to reduce your food waste, love your leftovers and give the kids a healthy snack for their school lunches for the rest of the week. Winning x 3!
So if you have leftover bolognaise in the fridge, freezer or on the dinner table, then give our easy savoury muffin recipe a go. Keep in mind that if you have more than one cup of sauce to use, then simply double the ingredients:
Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Pour all ingredients in a bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until well combined.
Line muffin tins with paper cases.
Spoon 2 heaped tablespoons of mixture into each tin.
Place into oven for 20 minutes.
Remove and turn out onto wire rack to cool.
Recipe Hints and Tips:
- Reducing your food waste is all about recognising the potential of your food. You've just made a fresh, homemade, healthy and versatile sauce. Now it's time to stretch it out.
- Bolognaise can be used in a number of delicious meals including spaghetti, mince scrolls and lasagna. When meal planning, make your meals stretch by choosing staples and planning what to do with the leftovers. For example, you may whip up an extra large dish of bolognaise sauce on Saturday. Split half of the sauce up and add it to a lasagna. Cover the lasagna in GLAD Wrap, twice wrapped and store it in a casserole dish in the freezer.
- Split the other half up and serve it with fresh spaghetti tonight. Then, the remainder can be used for our leftover bolognaise muffins. One recipe; a few ingredients; stretched three ways.
- When you are storing bolognaise muffins, it is important to get as much air out of the freezer bags as possible. We use Ësandwich' sized Snap Lock Bags which hold one muffin (or three mini muffins) perfectly and come with an easy snap lock so you can feel that the bag is properly sealed. We also wrap the muffins in GLAD Wrap first to double protect them from freezer burn, helping them remain fresh and moist when it comes time to eat them!
- When freezing snack foods, check that the temperature of your freezer is at minus 16 degrees Celsius. This will prevent your meals from getting that frozen look.
- And, finally, when storing muffins in the freezer, use the side panel as the designated "snack" section. After I label and date the Snap Lock Bags, I store the muffins on the side, next to my week's supply of yoghurts for school, so it is easy to grab these items in the morning when it's time to pack lunches. Store in freezer for up 4 months.
- Leftover bolognaise muffins are a great alternative to sandwiches for the kid's lunches (and hopefully the kids will come home with empty lunch boxes rather than half chewed sandwiches). By using your leftovers from the night before and with the right freezing techniques, we estimate that you could save around $17.00 for the rest of the week. Sure, it might mean that the dog has to actually eat tinned dog food instead of your leftovers, but, we assure you, he won't mind.