All you leftover haters out there: you’re crazy. Yeah, I know who you are. The one’s who gawk at me when I eat a salad for breakfast [yes, I did that]. The one’s who look at me cross-eyed when I down some [cold] pork chops and green beans once I wake up.
Ok, so I admit it. That sounds weird when I read it back to myself. Pork chops for breakfast? I don’t know what it is. I just like day old food. The flavors meld and intensify overnight…or something like that.
But I must say- I’m very skilled at making leftovers into new meals. I like to attribute it to the two years I lived off campus at college and was too lazy/too broke to buy more groceries. It also helps that I pretty much love all food so most combinations don’t turn me off. Except anything with pickles. Or olives. I shudder. I still remember one of my good friends in high school would literally be holding back a gag every time I brought a Nutrigrain Bar to lunch. Apparently the texture is gross. I’m cool with it.
So yeah, we had a ridiculous amount of cheese left over from our wine party, but it was nothing two cups of macaroni noodles couldn’t handle. Seriously, I recommend mixing different kinds of cheese together for mac-n-cheese. It’s lovely. Or, as my dad said, “it’s like a different meal in every bite!”
A few weeks ago I managed to make twice as much quinoa as I needed for this breakfast, and I made these amazing quinoa patties. I’m kind of obsessed. ‘Totes’ making extra quinoa on purpose from now on.
Leftover grilled chicken, you think you scare me? Pshh I bought a plantain, sliced it, satl&peppered it, baked it et voila! Grilled chicken and plantain wrap. Throw in some salad greens and a little brie [ok so maybe I didn’t use all the leftover cheese in the macaroni], and you’re golden.
I tend to go with my gut on these random creations, and sometimes it doesn’t turn out so great. But a general rule I go by: if you like the flavors by themselves, you will probably like them together. Just not too many at once. Simple is key my friends.
Using leftovers is a serious skill. Embrace it. Trust me. It saves you money plus you never get that guilty conscious for throwing out food! Or is that just me?
Hate leftovers? I judge you. But whatever- listen to this song! You’ll like it