Let’s face it, leftover foods get a bad rap. What if those leftovers were re-imagined and turned into something different; would they be more appealing? When last night’s roast chicken becomes tonight’s fajitas, it seems like a delicious new meal. Here are some tips for reinventing leftovers:
— Slice or chop a small quantity of meat to make it stretch further.
— Add veggies and grains that are different than what was served with the previous meal.
— Can the leftovers be turned into a soup, stew, stir-fry or casserole?
— Make a large salad and top it with leftover chicken, fish, or other protein.
— Use leftovers to stuff hot baked potatoes; top with grated cheese for an instant crowd-pleaser.
— Making a casserole? Double the recipe and freeze one to bake and serve later.
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Submitted by Amorette Payment, UAF Cooperative Extension Service, Nutrition Educator, Kenai Peninsula District.