The wonderful world of leftovers
...one of my favourite ways to enjoy food!
You really can't beat them - especially for lunch the next day or discovering a frozen portion of your favourite meal on nights when the last thing you want to do is cook, but you can't afford a takeaway.
So to celebrate the wonderful world of leftovers here are my top 10 favourites:
- Leftover curry - why is it that curry tastes so much better after a day? Take it out of the fridge or freezer, cook till piping hot. My own preference? Chickpea curry in a pitta with yoghurt and cucumber for lunch, Bliss!
- Leftover nut loaf - if you're not a veggie this probably isn't high on your list but believe me a slice of leftover moist herby nut roast in a seedy roll with a few salad leaves and a slick of mayo makes it worth spending the time making it!
- Leftover pasta - this is easy to do but is a great way to use up the cooked pasta you have leftover after adding 'a handful for the pot'. Add either dressing or mayo, some sweetcorn and tomatoes - perfect pasta salad in a Tupperware pot for lunch!
- Leftover bread - the crust and the last few slices which used to get thrown away and now get blitzed up into breadcrumbs. Now breadcrumbs on their own aren't great but add a bit of cheese and stuff a mushroom, or top some cauliflower cheese...now that is a wonderful way to use leftovers!
- Leftover cheese...nope...you know me by now...never ever happens! However if by some miracle we didn't eat it all I'd grate and add to the freezer to use straight onto pizzas, in sauces etc.
- Leftover bolognaise sauce - this idea came from my husband and I was sceptical at first but then tried it and am now a convert...bolognaise soup. Add the sauce (which has been in the fridge overnight), add some stock and broken up spaghetti and heat till piping hot - add some cheese on toast or garlic bread for a warming, tasty and surprisingly different lunch. Mine is made with soya or quorn but the meat version works well too apparently.
- Leftover cooked veg - if I have a mix I blitz into soup. If it's just peas I'll add them to a potato or pasta salad. Leftover broccoli? I add to a sitrfry the next night (quicker to cook!)
- Leftover mashed potato - mix with grated cheese, chopped parsley and some pepper. Mould into balls or flat cakes and fry till golden. Alternatively use to top leftover bolognaise sauce...shepherd's pie anyone???
- Leftover pesto in the jar or homemade - freeze leftover pesto in an ice cube tray so you have portions that can be stirred straight into cooked pasta in a saucepan on the hob. Same goes for most sauces!
- and finally leftover baked beans - I love baked beans, my husband not so much. Si I have half a can on toast and don't know what to do with the rest...ah-ha! Freeze them. They freeze brilliantly and you just defrost in the microwave till hot. Can't tell the difference at all!