I have mentioned a couple of times that I dislike waste. I really try hard to eat and reuse leftovers as much as I can. Leftovers make great easy prep lunches, but it can get boring eating for lunch the EXACT same thing you ate for dinner. To get out of the rut and make it exciting a second or third time over, try re-purposing your leftovers. Transform them into something different. It has become a bit of game for me…like the TV show Chopped…this what you have, and go! I think as a savvy shopper and someone who hates throwing out perfectly good food, being able to re-purpose leftovers is a skill that should be learned. It definitely takes trial and error, and some of my creations are flops.
Last night, M1's school had a fundraiser at Noodles. There were so many school friends there, the girls barely ate dinner. Leftovers.
This morning in the fridge I had some egg noodles from the stroganoff I made, some roasted carrots, some leftover BBQ Venison, Yummy Sourdough Bread, Tortillas, and M1's dinner from last night….hmmmm.
So what is my favorite way to re-purpose leftovers…soups. If you have the proper ingredients available, which you should always have some pre made broth on hand, you can make soup out of anything…seriously!
M1's grilled chicken and broccoli leftovers became chicken noodle soup for lunch. I brought the broth I had to a boil, added diced chicken, chopped broccoli, chopped roasted carrots, and a handful of noodles and heated it until hot. Seasoned with S/P/G. DONE! Literally a 10 minute lunch.
Do you have a favorite way to repurpose leftovers? I would love to hear, I am always looking for new ideas.