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…
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!)