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Surprise! How to make your leftovers better than the original

LeftoversOminous photo of the leftovers currently in my fridge.

Leftovers get a bad wrap because they can be…well…less than spectacular. Unfortunately, I constantly have a plethora of containers taking up space in my fridge from both home-cooked and restaurant meals. But having leftovers can be downright useful! They make the easiest lunches and dinners on those days when you don’t have time or energy to make a brand new meal.
 
So how to combat the problem of having leftovers languishing in the fridge, uneaten, until way past a time when they’re palatable?

 

Remember your RE’s:

  1. Reseason – You often need to add a little extra salt to foods after they have been refrigerated. You’ve probably noticed this just from experience, but refrigeration can alter the acidity balance in foods, making your perfectly-seasoned soup tomato soup taste duller the next day. Consider adding some more or different spices in addition to the extra salt, or if you really need a kick, a dash of hot sauce or vinegar to restore that acid balance.
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  3. Reheat – Learn which foods will or will not benefit from reheating, and treat it accordingly! This article is a great resource on how to treat your favorite leftovers.
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  5. Repurpose – Add your leftovers to a new meal you are cooking. It’s a great way to not get fatigued at the flavors and textures of last night’s meal. I love to throw old roasted vegetables into my salad, or heat up an extra piece of chicken to put with newly made vegetables.

 
BONUS:
By loving your leftovers, you no longer feel pressure to finish every last bite when you’re eating at home or at a restaurant. As you’re sitting enjoying your meal, think about the amazing lunch you can be having the next day, and pack some of it away! Your waistline will thank you.

One final note: As you all know, please do not eat leftovers that are more than 5-7 days old or smell funky. Fully reheat all meat products to prevent contamination. Safe food == Yummy food!

 
What is your favorite leftover meal? I think mine has to be throwing a leftover meatball (reheated if possible) onto a salad with some torn up bread. The spicy sweet of a balsamic vinigarette goes great with the tang of the sauce on the meatball, and the bread holds it all together. I highly recommend. Share your favorite leftover meal below!
 

  Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful day,   samantha attard sig



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