I love leftovers. However, some members of my family (mainly my daughter) does not seem to feel the same way. My 14 month old daughter will love a meal I prepare, but when I try to serve it the next day she does not want even a taste. As a registered dietitian who works with families with feeding difficulties, we typically recommend only offering the same food once every 2-3 days as able. So, I have been spending some time thinking about how I can repurpose my meals. I take leftover meals and change them somewhat, which has really helped with my daughter's intake. Here are some of my favorite ways to repurpose leftovers: 1. Make a grilled cheese or quesadilla. I occasionally make a thick vegetable stew or lentil puree. I love the nutritious aspect of the dish so I want to make sure I serve it as many times as possible. I will take the puree (or even puree some vegetables with a protein) and spread it on bread or a tortilla with cheese and grill it up. Viola
2. "Fried Rice". Most of my staple dishes include some sort of grain, vegetable and protein. I like to sauté the leftovers, crack an egg or two in the middle and sauté until the egg is cooked. Add a few spices, like coriander and cumin and you have yourself a delicious new meal.
3. Pancake sandwiches. My daughter loves pancakes and so do I (it's a great way to PACK in some great nutrition). When we have leftovers I like to make pancakes peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, or even spread some hummus on a pancake.
4. Egg scramble. Take those leftover vegetables and add them to some eggs in the morning. Breakfast is served.
Do you have a favorite way you like to repurpose? Let me know!