Leftover Creations

by Ashley

To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of leftovers unless it is something that I absolutely LOVE.  I think it is because I like to switch things up and eating the same thing I just ate the day before isn’t always appealing to me.  (Breakfast is the exception since I always seem to have my “breakfast phases”.)  Today for lunch, however, I was totally feeling some of our leftovers from last night: spaghetti squash with homemade marinara sauce

I did decide to get a little creative with it by sauteeing a big handful of spinach, tomatoes, and mushrooms in a skillet before tossing them into the spaghetti squash/marinara combo.  Man oh man, did it hit the spot!  And it was a meal FULL of vegetables… You can’t beat that! 

I really enjoyed this meal for several reasons.  First, I hate food going to waste, so it felt good to help finish up leftovers.  Second, I loved that I packed so many veggies in one meal.  Third, it cured my craving for what we had for dinner last night while also having some variety to it.  Lastly, I proved to myself that I can enjoy leftovers if I just get a little creative by switching it up a bit!

This started me thinking about what other dinners we have that usually result in leftover food and what I could do with them to “spice them up” for a meal the next day.  Here are some of my thoughts:

  • Grilled/baked salmon: Throw it in a salad, make a salmon salad sandwich (similar to tuna/chicken salad), top with cheese on wheat crackers.
  • Tacos: Use crunched up taco shells and taco filling to make a big taco salad and/or taco soup.
  • Grilled veggies & chicken: Top a salad with them and/or put them in a soup.
  • (Thai) curry with veggies & chicken: Top a salad with it, make a curry sandwich, eat cold as a cracker dip.
  • Meatloaf: Makea meatloaf sandwich, crumble it on a salad or put in a soup, make a meatloaf taco.

Those are just a few of our favorite/most common dinners.  I realized you could pretty much add any leftover food to a salad to spice it up a bit.  My challenge for you (and myself) the next few weeks:  Don’t waste your leftovers!  Be creative with them to incorporate them into your other meals. 

P.S. Don’t forget to enter your name in the free giveaway for Nutty Granola!  You still have until Thursday morning!

Questions:

  • Do you like eating leftovers?
  • Do you usually “spice up” your leftover food or eat it “as is”? 
  • What are some other ideas you have to do with common leftover dinner dishes?
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5 Comments to “Leftover Creations”

  1. I adore leftovers. Some dishes are actually better after sitting overnight! It lets the flavors really marry.

  2. Such a creative post!!!
    I usually eat my left overs as is, but now i think i’ll try to spice it up a bit. thanks for the tip!!

  3. i hate leftovers, but i also try to plan my meals for the week so that i won’t have leftovers, but i’ll use up whatever i buy or open. i basically just know what i’ll have leftover ingredient wise, so i only cook what i need and then use those leftovers to make other things. i’ve never liked leftover pasta, so i especially avoid that. your ideas sound so great on what to do with your leftovers!

  4. I don’t really do left overs 😦 I always think I am going to but then I end up throwing it away! I think if I was clever like you though I would be more apt to eat them

  5. Meatloaf is always better the next day. Grandpa always enjoys leftovers usually just the same way.

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