I know what you are thinking: how can leftovers ever be exciting!? When you open the fridge and look at that day old, cold chicken breast, it doesn’t exactly get you thrilled to eat it.
If you are like me though, Sunday nights you get this urge to prepare as much as possible for the week before the madness or work, late hours, traffic, etc. gets in the way. We all know what happens when you walk in the door after a long day at work, sitting in traffic for an hour and totally exhausted….you order takeout or eat a jar of peanut butter. Neither is particularly good for us so what is the alternative?
I like to have food always prepared in the fridge and freezer so healthy meals are quick and easy. The trouble is that when you are hungry, these items can seem less than appetizing. So here are 5 ways you can transform those leftovers into a delicious meal!
It is super convenient to keep store bought chicken, vegetable or beef stock in the house. It can store in the pantry as long as it is not open. There are so many varieties that make low-sodium or no sodium stock as well. This is a healthy, low-calorie way to jazz up your protein. Add any veggies and spices you like and the possibilities are endless. You can even add quinoa, brown rice, squash or potatoes to your soup to make them a little heartier.
Cutting your protein into strips or bite-sized pieces and adding any mixture of veggies, spices and condiments can re-vitalize your leftovers super quick. You can use anything from soy sauce, to hot sauce, to tomato sauce. Add a side of rice and you have a full meal!
Adding fresh tomatoes, herbs and spices to your leftover ground meat can help take you up a few notches. You can also just opt for some store-bought salsa and a can of black beans. Stew together and add a side of avocado and some Greek yogurt. Eat it on its own or make a lettuce wrap or taco!
Most people don’t think of salad as a main but there are so many things you can add to make it a full meal; quinoa, beans, lentils, nuts, fresh/dried fruit and any number of veggies. Get creative and try something new!
- Sandwiches and Wraps
Lastly, a quick and easy way to transform your leftovers it to make a wrap or sandwich by adding any assortment of cheese, condiments, lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, hot peppers, etc. There are so many variations that you can use instead or bread as well: try lettuce or Portobello mushrooms
There are so many ways to keep your meals fun and exciting and they don’t have to take tons of time. Keep things simple and healthy by using fresh vegetables, herbs and spices to add new flavors.
Get creative in the kitchen and have fun with it!