"Double Duty Dishes" HOW TO WHIP UP A FEW EXTRA MEALS IN FIVE MINUTES USING YOUR LEFTOVERS
Roast chicken, extra salmon, grilled veggies, a piece of steak…how many times do you end up with leftover food and you’re stuck microwaving it, or worse- throwing it out?
How about planning for leftovers, so you’re making more than one meal at a time?
I always make double the amount of what I need to serve, just so I can have a few extra meals with little effort.
For instance, with extra steak you can make: fajitas, steak salad with red and yellow peppers, avocado, red onion, arugula and romaine, throw it into a stir fry after veggies are cooked.
With leftover salmon and cod, try salmon or cod cakes(just add scallion, capers, diced red pepper, leftover potatoes, lemon, dill and a touch of mayo or a beaten egg. Roll in Panko crumbs and press into a four inch round cutter before baking in hot oven.
How about salmon salad for an elegant lunch, tuna salad for a casual barbecue, salmon crepes for a dinner entree, tuna salad wraps for lunch.
Here’s an easy salmon salad recipe: Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and gently fold together.
4 oz piece cooked, chilled leftover or poached wild sockeye or king salmon
½ scallion, chopped fine
¼ c. chopped, seeded cucumber(or ¼ of a cucumber)
1 T. sliced almonds
2 T. Greek yogurt(preferably full fat, organic)
few sprinkles dill(or 2 springs fresh dill)
salt and pepper to taste
2 lemon wedges(for juice)
I once made seven meals for two utilizing every bit of a roast chicken, just to see how far I could stretch a five pound bird. Here they are:
Slices from one breast, off the bone with pan juices
curried chicken salad, from breast and thigh
chicken and spinach quesadillas(thigh and leg)
black bean and chicken enchiladas(breast and leg)
spicy chicken wing snack
chicken stock- made enough for one gallon of broth plus leftover for the soup below
vegetable soup made from the chicken stock vegetables, broth, herbs and blended
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