We came across a fabulous tool called Recipe Matcher that allows you to find free printable recipes to use the leftovers in your refrigerator! This thrifty tool is a must have for all frugal homemakers who want to minimize food waste by using the foods they already have. My absolute favorite way to use this is to design a menu plan using up what is in the pantry.
Here’s how it works: Recipe Matcher is like a search engine for food, and it allows you to search by a list of ingredients, a type of food or dish, or even by a main ingredient. Once you put in the items you want to search by, you are returned with a list of free printable recipes that match your choices.
As an example, let’s say that you made tacos for dinner last night. You want to find out what you can make for dinner tonight to use the leftover taco ingredients. So you would go to the Recipe Matcher tool, and in the ingredients box type in:
- Cheddar cheese
- Ground beef
…and then hit search. 5 pages of printable recipes are returned with meals you can make using those ingredients!
Using Recipe Matcher to Make a Menu Plan
Let’s say you have a busy week and don’t have time to shop for any new groceries. You have to design your menu around the food in your pantry, and you need recipes that are designed to go in the crock pot for every dinner this week. This task should be a snap using the Recipe Matcher. You simply type in the list of foods you have, move to the next section (Cuisines) and check off the box for crock pot recipes, then hit search. Within seconds, you’ll have a list of crockpot recipes to choose from using ingredients you already have in your kitchen!
We’ll be reminding all of our frugal homemakers of this tool in our weekly printable meal planners, the Take and Make Menu Plans, to help you use up all your leftover ingredients. Fantastic!