I have finally learned to love leftovers. I learned it by realising the fact that just because a dish is typically just served by itself, it does not have to restrict you to only eating that single dish in one way. Dahl is an easy leftover though, you can put it in almost anything. It adds some protein from the lentils and tons of minerals and nutrients from all the goodies i put in the dish, check out my last post for my dahl recipe. Today i ate dahl for lunch and i ate it again for dinner. I feel like a lucky girl, it was all so delicious.
I managed to create two very different dishes with staple things in our kitchen and some leftovers from the last few days. I love using what i have available in the fight against food waste. And once again, frozen veggies are a wonderful way to get in your vegetables and greens. I used a couple handful of those with some of the sweet potatoes from our tacos to create my lunch. Literally just incorporated whatever we had on hand.
Now, let us take a look at my leftover creation for lunch:
Dahl, fried vegetables and rice noodles
Here you have Mihoen noodles(rice noodles), dahl and some fried vegetables. The vegetables were a couple handfuls of frozen broccoli, a handful of frozen haricot beans and one large sweet potato. The potato was already baked and just needed to be heated, so i put it in my non-stick pan after i had fried the broccoli and the beans in a bit of water for 3 minutes. I cooked the noodles and plated it all together. The dahl worked as a sauce binding the whole dish together in a lovely way. I did not even add salt to this because there was so much flavour in advance. Lovely and easy, just how i think lunch should be. This took me 10 minutes to make, and since the vegetables were frozen, there was no prep time. Everything was just ready to throw in a pan.
Now for dinner i wanted something different, a different way of eating. So i made tortillas for us to indulge in. Here it is:
Tortillas with lettuce, spinach, corn, carrots and dahl
We had a bit of leftover carrots so i grated them and added them in for lovely flavour and freshness. i cut up some iceberg lettuce, opened a can of corn and i was pretty much ready to eat. I put a rye tortilla in the microwave for 30 seconds, and added the corn, the grated carrots, the lettuce, the dahl and some baby spinach. I then topped it all off with some sriracha and some hemp seeds. Awesome and simple and that is why i love my leftovers.They can make cooking so much easier and they do not have to be boring.
How do you like to use your leftovers? Let me know, i would love to see you share and for me to be able to hear your thoughts on leftovers. Hope you found this helpful in reducing food waste and making the most out of the food you have already cooked. Lots of love from here, and have an amazing day!