First off, I’ve realized I need to find a way to be consistent with this blog. I’ve obviously found that posting several times a week isn’t going to work for me. Therefore, I’m going to start by just posting once a week on Tuesday. From there I might throw in an extra post here or there, but you can count on a new post every Tuesday for sure. 🙂
Something Renee and I encourage clients to do for an easy lunch is to pack leftovers from dinner the night before. I know that not everyone likes eating the same thing two meals in a row, so I often try to turn leftovers from one meal into something different for the next. Usually this just means throwing taco meat on a salad, or chopping up chicken and making chicken salad. However, this week I found another easy transformation.
The other night Matt made delicious mashed butternut squash and gala apples with cinnamon and nutmeg. A whole butternut squash makes more than enough for 2 people, even for two meals, and I hate throwing out food so I knew I’d have to do something to make eating squash for 3 days a little more exciting. I decided to try my hand at butternut squash soup. I googled around and looked at a few recipes and decided to just wing it. I threw the mashed up squash, apple and spice mixture into the blender and added milk a little at a time until I got a thick soup consistency. I added a splash of apple cider for a little more sweetness, then put it on the stove to heat up. Result? Delicious, thick soup. I suppose it would be more of a bisque. Whatever you wanna call it, it was pretty tasty. Easy transformation from dinner side dish, to lunch soup.
Other ideas for remaking leftovers:
- Pasta? Pasta salad: Mix it up with some fresh veggies, diced lunch meat and cheese, and salad dressing.
- Potatoes? Dice ’em up and saute them in a pan for home fries at breakfast.
- Steak? Slice it thin, saute with onions and peppers, add melted cheese and put on a roll for a steak and cheese sandwich.
- Chicken? Dice it up with some celery, carrots and/or relish add some mayo, ranch or plain yogurt for chicken salad.
- A little bit of everything? Throw it all in one pan with soy sauce or teriyaki sauce and your choice of spices for a quick and easy stir-fry.
- You can pretty much throw any left overs over a bed of lettuce/greens for a salad.