Repurposing Meals

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!