Leftovers, My Best Friend


A few weeks ago my neighbor and I were talking about whats for dinner. I said a smorgasbord of leftovers and he was like, ” Ugh, hmm, I don’t do leftovers.” My jaw dropped and fist cocked back, well not quite, but almost. “Oh, really?” I gave him quite a hard time about his bourgeoisie response. Because really, ain’t nobody got time or money for that. Only people who outsource their cooking would even consider leftovers as a non-option. Seriously – I cannot fathom turning my nose up at food that I shopped for and labored over.

Is it just me? Or are there any other leftover lovers out there? Hey, don’t get me wrong, there are a few things that I wouldn’t tolerate as leftovers, mainly soggy salad and too-old sushi. But by in large, leftovers are a best friend who always got yo back.

Some things even taste better as leftovers, right? I mean, two-day-old enchiladas are hard to beat. Other favorites include: soup, chili, chicken, rice, quinoa, pasta, roasted vegetables, ground turkey, stuffed peppers, kabobs, risotto, turkey breasts and BBQ anything and everything. Even if the portion is too small to substitute as a full meal, you can beef up leftovers with mixed greens or throw it into a scramble with a few eggs. The possibilities are endless.

When I cook, I actually plan to make more so that my family and I can eat the rest as leftovers for at least one meal. Really, what modern woman doesn’t? It’s just too easy.

As a prolific salad maker, I even have a soggy salad solution. I prep more salad toppings than I will use for the meal. I toss the toppings in salad dressing and then set aside the extra portion (i.e. leftovers) before adding the greens into the mix. When I’m ready to make a salad the next day, I just toss greens into the leftover toppings. Voila!

Are you a leftover lover? What is your favorite dish to eat for leftovers?

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    11/20/2014 at 2:16 pm

    I love leftovers and always feel like I get to be a bit creative with them if I don’t have enough for a whole meal. I also enjoy the feeling of not throwing away and wasting food. I think soups are some of my favorite because the longer they sit the better the flavor gets.

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    11/20/2014 at 4:39 pm

    Leftovers are the jam!!! For all the reasons listed above and more. For me leftovers = love my mom used to make a plate for me and put it in the fridge on nights I wasn’t home for dinner especially if I was missing out on a favorite. Now sometimes I do the same for Chip…just keeping the love alive…with leftovers haha.

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