We can’t always estimate the quantity of foods that we cook specially if we intend to have dinner with friends, so, most of the time we have plenty of leftovers to think about. I hate wasting food, this is why I ask friends to take some with them if I went overboard cooking. But not all of my gals would take some with them, and I am always left to deal with the excess goodies. Over the years, I have learned to recycle my excess foods and maintain their quality. I am no expert though, I just listen to friends as we talk about the lefties as we like to call it. Here are some ways of recycling that had proven effective for the longest time.
Roast pork, turkey, chicken, and beef make good sandwiches, when you do not mix your salad with the dressing, you can always put them in, makes a healthy no waste wiches.
Family all time favorite! My late husband used to say that cottage pies are not only the best way to deal with the lefties, but tis also one of the best way to hide your veggies, children will eat them without a fuss. Pork, beef, or lamb, as long as you mince them, throw in some carrots, brussel spouts, and peas in it, top it with mashed potatoes, grate some cheddar or parmesan on top, bake in the oven for 30 minutes, then you’re good to go. Catsup on the side wouldn’t hurt, kiddies love them.
I’ve a friend who likes to cook turkey during Thanksgiving or Christmas and she discovered that stewing leftover turkey with the veggies makes a hearty lunch. Throw everything in the pot, bones included, season with salt and pepper, boil everything for at least 40 minutes, then toast some baguettes, take out some butter, you have a nice meal to eat.
Omelette is one of the greatest recipe man had ever thought of. All sorts of things can be mixed with eggs. When I have leftover cauliflower, broccoli, or cabbage I always make an omelette. Always have a thing for experimenting foods, I mix any lefties with eggs and ending up with a unique breakfast that my children love. I find mixing any veggies with cheese the most effective way to make the fussy ones to eat healthy.
Saving the taste for future use, I make veggies and meat stock for my soup. Put in the freezer, it could hold for days and when I need to make soup, I’ll have some in handy. Sometimes, I just pour some in a cup and sip it like coffee or tea, bread on the side makes a good snack.
Put my stock into good use, mix it with noodles, vermicelli or egg noodles, with a bit of garnish I have an instant snack to give to my children that made them happy. This dish is recommended for mums that has so many things to do and think about. Quick and easy, and yet healthy and tasty!
Since my children love spring rolls anyways, I’ve no problem feeding them with lefties. Chop carrots, cabbages, and spring beans, meat is optional, wrap in egg wrapper, deep fry, strain for excess oil, instant dish in a jiff! Sweet and sour sauce on the side with rice is the best way to serve them.
These are just a few dishes I’ve thought of so far, maybe I’ll add more later. May have to experiment again, but it will be all worth it when I see my children enjoying their meal and there is absolutely no need to throw foods away.