Tasty Thursday: Leftovers

I've heard various stances on how people feel about leftovers. Some people love them and some people hate them. I, personally, am a fan of leftovers and think that sometimes eating food the second time around is just as good, if not better then the first time. For some reason, I have a love for reheated couscous. It gives it a different taste and it's just all around amazing! Anyway, I find that often times leftover food ends up in the trash can after a day or two, which also means wasted money in the garbage. I don't know about you, but I'm not a fan of cash in the trash. Leftovers have a lot of possibilities for future meals, so I figured I would share a few of my favorite revamped leftovers. Here are a few of them.

Chicken Salad

You've made a roasted chicken or cooked a chicken breast, but have some leftover. What ever shall you do? Well, grab some spare mayo in your fridge, add some pepper, chopped celery, touch of mustard and you've got yourself some tasty chicken salad that you can use in a sandwich for tomorrow's lunch. If you want to go really crazy, you can check out this recipe here which includes different ingredients to make it a little less bland. I'm a simpleton and think that a little mayo and celery does just fine for a decent chicken salad sandwich.


Omelets are great because essentially all you need for these is a little leftover...well whatever you have, and a few eggs and you've made yourself a tasty breakfast. There are endless combinations for omelets. Generally, if I make a pizza the night before, I will have various veggies hanging around. I'll chop them up and add a bit of the leftover mozzarella with them and make myself a tasty and relatively healthy breakfast to start off my day. I've also taken everything and whipped it all together, almost like a scrambled egg bowl of greatness and done that instead of an omelet. Either way, If you add an egg or two to some leftover veggies, you'll have something tasty going on.

Potato Skins

These are one of my personal favorite things to make using leftovers. Occasionally while making dinner, I'll make some baked potatoes and have a few left over that I didn't eat. Rather than turning them into hash browns or home fries like many people do, instead I will cut them into quarters, scrape out most of the potato insides and cover them with cheese, bacon, salsa...well pretty much anything tasty I can find. Chives work as well. After that, I throw them into the oven until my cheese is nice and melted. All you need after that is a bit of sour cream and your potato has found new life in the form of a pretty tasty appetizer or midday snack. If you don't want to waste any of the potato, take the scraped out part and turn them into home fries. Yum!

Obviously this is just a few ideas that I've done in the past. There are lots of different ways to take leftovers and make them tasty once again. My mom used to pack me meatloaf sandwiches in high school the day after we had it for dinner. While I do love myself a good meatloaf sandwich, they don't generally smell pleasant and I tended to sit alone those days. No one likes a smelly sandwich wafting near them! Tasty yes, but oh so pungent. If you need some ideas for leftover repurposing (not a real word...I made it up), check out this website. You pick what ingredients you have in your house and it gives you recipes to make. It can't get any easier then that!

What are your favorite leftovers?

Seth P.