Leftovers could sound like undesirable outdated meals however transferring leftovers from one meal to the following – slowly dwindling the stockpile – is a problem and an artwork type in my kitchen. Actually, I don’t suppose I can think about a day the place I don’t use some form of leftover in a salad, smashed on toast, or beneath a fried egg. Leftovers hold me from losing meals and provides me a psychological and bodily ‘break’ from cooking a complete new meal.
Three methods I’ve discovered to assist essentially the most in using leftovers is to at all times make additional, portion out my leftovers into totally different containers (equivalent to greens, grains, beans, or sauces), and have a well provisioned pantry filled with instruments for repurposing outdated meals into new ones.
COOKING EXTRA VEGETABLES
Prepping greens in giant batches does take a bit extra time, however it’s price it when it solutions the ‘what’s for lunch’ query. Roasting up a number of kilos seasonal veg will get me by means of per week of meals. Tandoori cauliflower that went on the facet of final nights curry can discover a place in right this moment’s tandoori wrap, and possibly even tomorrow’s breakfast hash. On the finish of the week, mismatched vegetable leftovers can get tossed in a salad, grain bowl, or a wrap.
Most entire grains and legumes take a while to arrange. Doubling and even tripling what a recipe requires saves time sooner or later – and extra grains and legumes do properly for per week at a time within the fridge or for months within the freezer. I could cook dinner up an additional cup of plain quinoa and use it for breakfast porridge and even fritters in a while down the week.
PORTIONING OUT LEFTOVERS
Whereas it wont work for all conditions, portioning out leftovers from a meal into particular person elements may help make future meals extra manageable and appetizing. Conserving the sauce separate is crucial – in case your making fritters solely sauce what you intend to eat instantly. The identical goes for many salads – costume solely what you intend to eat proper then. Grain and noodle based mostly salads are typically high quality, and even tastier, when dressed a number of occasions. Keep away from mixing all of your leftovers collectively and also you’ll find yourself with elements as a substitute of a soggy pish-posh of meals.
Beet Salad with Broiled Feta and Sesame Sunflower Seeds
Kale Bulgur Fritters with Garlic Yogurt
Brown Rice Carrot Fritters with Chipotle Sunflower Sauce
Roasted Carrot Multigrain Pilaf with Pepita Pesto
Cauliflower Cakes with Brown Rice and Cheddar
Any leftover might be introduced again to life with contemporary herbs, a squeeze of lemon, some good high quality olive or nut oil and a pleasant ceramic plate to place all of it on. Try my pantry staples- for concepts on breathe life into your leftovers.