Leftovers and Food Safety

I really had to think about what to offer this month-we are all in the same boat and I am struggling to cook for my family 5 days a week just like everyone else.

We are buying more groceries than we normally do and we definitely have leftovers. I know that I have leftovers and some are consumed faster than others. How long can you keep leftovers before they need to be tossed? What about all the unopened packages of food you just bought?

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One Pot Vegetarian Chili Mac and Cheese

from Two Peas and their Pod


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 onion diced

  • 1 red bell pepper seeds removed and diced

  • 3 cloves garlic minced

  • 1 pouch Hunt's Recipe Ready Tomato Paste 2 tablespoons

  • 2 cups vegetable broth

  • 1 14.5-ounce can Hunt's diced tomatoes

  • 1 15 oz can Hunt's tomato sauce

  • 2 15 0z cans small red beans or kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  • 2 cups uncooked macaroni pasta we use whole wheat

  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions for garnish, if desired


  1. Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven or soup pot over medium high heat. Add onion and red pepper and sauté until tender, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and tomato paste, cook for two 2 minutes.

  2. Stir in vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, red beans, black beans, chili powder and cumin. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

  3. Add the uncooked macaroni and stir to combine. Place a lid on the pot and turn the heat up to medium high and bring to a boil. Stir often to loosen the noodles from the bottom of the pan. When it reaches a boil, reduce to low and simmer until the pasta is cooked, about 12-15 minutes.

  4. Remove from heat and remove the lid. Stir in 1/2 cup of the shredded cheddar cheese. Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese and place the lid on until cheese is melted. Garnish with green onions, if desired. Serve immediately.

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