Today, Jules offers creative ideas for livening up leftovers:
“My husband and I recently realized we were in a food crisis. I love to cook and he loves to eat, but neither of us is too hot on leftovers; we were wasting too much. I just have this thing about them - I don’t enjoy them and am marginally freaked out by them. In reality, I know that anything I cook or eat fresh is good for another 3 days (beyond that, leftovers really do begin to collect bacteria). So I decided that what I needed to do was come up with creative ways to use leftovers for another entire meal. It turns out I do like leftovers…so long as they’re served in a totally different way than the night before.
Before we get to the ideas, here are a couple of preliminary notes about leftover handling:
And finally, a note to the cooks: The below suggestions do not give specific amounts of ingredients and cooking times will vary. So a bit of kitchen experience or confidence is helpful; the goal is to provide a springboard for ideas to revamp your leftovers. Give it a try and experiment with what works for you.
WHAT TO DO WITH…
Leftover chicken breasts:
Leftover brown or white rice:
Leftover cooked carrots, cooked cauliflower, or really any other root vegetable:
Leftover baked potato:
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