Happy New Year! I hope you are all enjoying your family and friends and some relaxing time together. With the holidays, it’s easy to throw out a lot of leftovers, especially if you are treating your guests to many home cooked meals. I really don’t like to throw away food, so I’ve come up with some fun and delicious ways to use up those leftovers!
- Left over salad – I love left over salad on a toasted bagel, but it’s also good sautéed in an omlete (egg or egg substitute) or just sautée and add an egg to the top for breakfast the next day.
- Left over bread – Never EVER throw out leftover bread! Use it for bruschetta or freeze for later use in meat balls (or meatless balls/loaves). Another great option is to make bread crumbs in your food processor and store in a zip lock bag in the pantry.
- Leftover veggies – Whether you have roasted or raw, soup is a great way to use up leftover veggies. Veggie soup may sound basic but if you add a few of your favorite flavors (garlic, rosemary, thyme…) and some grains, it turns into a great healthy leftover meal.
- Leftover mashed potatoes – If you’ve never made potato pancakes, this is a great way to use up left over mashed potatoes!
- Leftover breakfast sausage or meat substitute – Make these quick and delicious french baguette sandwiches, just slice a baguette or any loaf of bread in half, add the sausage or toppings of your choice, top with cheese and bake for 15 – 20 minutes at 350 degrees. The options are really unlimited as to what you put on top – so easy to offer a vegetarian or vegan option AND great for feeding guests a quick lunch.
If using leftovers is not for you when guests are still around, consider investing in some quality freezer proof containers and remember to label everything you save for later….there is nothing worse than frozen mystery food!