On Enjoying Leftovers


Whenever someone says, “I have nothing in my fridge”, I wonder if they actually have nothing in their fridge or if they just don’t know what to do with a semi-random assortment of foods. Many days, I don’t make something specific for lunch: I’ll just take out four or five things and work with them to make a bowl or salad. This particular day happened to be a good one, as I had really flavorful, tasty things to pick from. I had some leftover roasted broccolini and turmeric cauli rice, and I also had some baba ganoush and salmon, both already prepared. Even though these individual things don’t sound like a lunch on their own, when thrown together over a bed of lettuce, they made the perfect lunch! Below find some tips for salvaging your leftovers and crafting the most amazing leftover lunch you’ve ever had…

  1. Even if you only have a couple bites of something leftover after dinner, don’t throw it away! As you can see in this photo, the little bit of cauliflower rice I had left over was only about 1/4 of a cup. Rather than throwing that away, save it in a glass container for a salad or bowl!
  2. Make extra roasted veggies, always. Roasted veggies are one of the easiest things to prepare in mass quantities, so next time you roast a sweet potato, add another to the mix so you have it for meals later on!
  3. Try to keep some fresh veggies on hand so you can enhance any bowl or salad at the drop of a hat. I like having cherry tomatoes, onions, and cucumber in my fridge to ensure I won’t be stuck without anything fresh.
  4. Save sauces and use a near-empty sauce container to make a new one! Tahini jars are one of the best things ever because you can whip up a sauce really quickly and dispose the jar after use. For a quick tahini dressing, combine lemon juice, tahini, and salt and pepper to taste. So easy and so yummy!
  5. Lastly, try to keep a couple of canned goods in your cupboard to jazz up a sad bowl. I like black beans and harrisa sauce. Having these two helps reassure me that if worst comes to wort, I can always have black beans with a fried egg and a dollop of harissa. (Bonus: if you have plain yogurt to balance out the heat from the harissa, you’re really set!)

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