You know how your refrigerator can be full, yet there’s still nothing to eat? We had one of those days yesterday at Casa Wolk-Stanley, but that didn’t mean that anyone went hungry. In fact, last night’s dinner was so wacky and inventive that I had to share.
Here’s what we ate:
- My husband ate a large portion of spaghetti with marinara sauce. The sauce was leftover from some spaghetti and meatballs, and the pasta had been cooked the night before.
- My younger son ate a homemade individual chicken pot pie, assembled from leftover pot pie filling from Pi Day, (March 14th = 3/14 = 3.14 = Pi Day. Get it?!) and some leftover pie dough scraps from the freezer. It looked delicious and he scarfed down every bite.
- My older son ate tortellini with kale pesto. I try to keep a stash of Trader Joe’s dried tortellini on hand, as it’s filling for teenage boys, and pairs well with a number of different toppings. I had made a batch of kale pesto over the weekend, and it was sitting ever so patiently in the fridge waiting for this exact moment. (Kale pesto is made using chopped steamed kale, garlic, olive oil, salt, parmesan cheese and occasionally nuts. It’s all whirred together in the food processor and then stored in the fridge indefinitely. The ingredient amounts are loose, and it’s a great easy/healthy go-to food. A single batch is enough for four-five uses.) He ate the entire bag of tortellini, which is probably supposed to be six servings!
- I ate a great big salad which included a forgotten quarter of an avocado from the back of the fridge. I also ate a very small serving of leftover black bean chili from last week. (I wasn’t that hungry, as I’d had a late lunch.)
My fridge is now freed from almost all of the small amounts of leftovers that would otherwise go to waste. Nothing was enough to feed the entire family, and none of it was tempting enough for the family to rush towards, yet it was still mightily delicious.
And now I can go to the grocery store and fill the fridge back up without an iota of guilt.
Ahh . . . .
Do you have creative ways to use up your leftovers? Please share your ideas in the comments section below.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”