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ways to add new life to
tired old leftovers
me fickle, but no matter how much I may like the flavors of any single
dish, two – three at best -- consecutive meals of said dish are pretty
much the maximum that my variety-craving tastebuds can tolerate. Unless
you’re one of those weird people that eats solely for the purpose of
replenishing lagging energy/nutrient levels, you’d sooner let a
leftover collect mold in the fridge and splurge on takeout, than
dutifully hack away at your remainders for more than a few dinners in a
row. There is, however, a more creative and economical way of coping
with the bottomless meal remnants: give your surplus a quick makeover.
Below, six of my favorite tried and true methods for re-inventing those
tired leftovers ... (note: a printer-friendly version can be found at
the end of the article)
I’ve got to admit that the
first time my boyfriend offered to whip me up some scrambled eggs for
dinner, I was more than a bit skeptical – they’ve always struck me
as a breakfast food. It’s a dumb pre-conception – if anything, the
heartiness of an egg concoction is actually better-suited to later in
the day, when you’ve actually had time to work up an appetite. At any
rate, scrambled eggs, omelets, and the omelet’s fancier Italian
cousin, the frittata, are all fabulous ways to recycle your leftovers.
Ideal candidates |
cooked veggies, grated cheese, deli meats, cooked meats, sausage
Necessary materials | eggs
(duh), skillet (for a frittata, it should be cast-iron –
8"/9"-size if you’re cooking for two; 6"-size if
cooking for one), cooking oil
Basic recipe (serves 2):
Beat 4 large eggs in a bowl. For scrambled eggs and frittate, stir in
the leftovers (except cheese).
step2. In a skillet, heat 1 tbsp.
oil on medium. Swirl to coat the pan. When the oil is hot (to test: drip
some egg in the pan; if it starts to cook, you’re good to go), add the
over this way ...
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