My dad was the KING of leftovers. In other words… he could find a way to take a piece of crusted three day old bread, four day old chicken and weave the two of them into a culinary leftover masterpiece- with the chicken tasting so incredibly succulent- anyone would be hard pressed when questioned as to whether or not that was a dish created from several day old leftovers.
My dad was also born in a work camp during the Holocaust, and so having lived through that kind of horror-his entire existence was colored and shadowed by that experience. Nothing was taken for granted- every day was a glorious wonderful gift and all food, the sustenance of life was revered, treasured and not just cavalierly cast off in the garbage.
I know what you’re thinking– who likes to eat leftovers- I can BARELY get my kids to eat food hot off the stove (and believe me I EMPATHIZE with you- because I have my own picky eater living with me!). And so we often will make chicken salad with leftover chicken and throw those leftover veggies into a stew.
Still, if you are willing to brave the naysayers ( those being your kidlets) and try and spice up those leftovers- here are some fabulous idea care of RAGU ( did I mention I’m a Ragu Moms the word Ambassador?! That’s me on Page 2 )
#1 Leftover veggies
Place leftover veggies in individual bowls. Let the kids place leftover RagÃº ® pasta sauce on bagel, top with veggies and bake. Try a recipe like Mini Pizza Bagels. By Sarah Page Senior Kitchen Application Chef, Unilever Consumer Kitchens.
Veggies make great leftovers – in omelets, lasagna, stew, frittata, gazpacho By Dr. Felicia Stoler
Registered dietitian and author
#3 All entrees can be consumed within two days
We often pack the leftovers up into containers that the kids can just throw into their lunch bags. By Dr. Felicia Stoler Registered dietitian and author
So mamas and papas out there tell us- how do you deal with leftovers?