Leftovers are a common problem for solo cooks. Not just extra servings of a dish, but also all the vegetables, seasonings, meat, rice, and other ingredients left over from making the dish. Making the Sauteed Beet and Snap Pea Salad in the next post, for instance, leaves behind nearly a dozen foods:
The Leftovers List
One serving of the finished salad
- Steak strips
- Couple handfuls of sugar snap peas
- 2-3 beets from a bunch
- Beet greens
- Beet green stems
- Cumin dressing
- Rice or quinoa
Problem or Possibility? All those leftover items in the frig could lead to some anxiety. “What am I going to do with all of them? They’re taking over my frig!” Or those leftovers might become sparks of inspiration for a whole week’s worth of meals–plus at least one lunch:
Lunch the Next Day
- Leftover Sautéed Beet and Snap Pea Salad with Goat Chevre and Toasted Walnuts
- Whole Wheat Pita Wedges
Make creative use of leftover salad by serving with a different side and new toppings (substitute another cheese or nut to suit your tastes)
- Sweet Potatoes with Cumin Dressing
- Salmon with Lime and Cilantro
- Garlic Sautéed Beet Greens
If it’s too hot for sweet potato fries, microwave then grill wedges and toss with dressing. Grill the salmon, too, and top with lime juice and cilantro. Try sprinkling apple cider vinegar over the sautéed beet greens.
- Early Summer Meal Salad: Lettuce, Sautéed Beets and Summer Turnips, Spicy Pumpkin Seeds, Garbanzo or White Beans, Cherries or Apricots—plus anything else you have on hand!
- Lemon Tarragon Vinaigrette (or store-bought dressing of choice, e.g., Drew’s Sesame Orange or Braggs Vinaigrette)
- Whole Wheat Pita Wedges
For an interesting addition to a salad, cut and saute the rest of the beets, along with some summer turnips, as directed in the Beet and Snap Pea Salad recipe .
Stir Fry with Snap Peas, Onions, Summer Turnips, Steak Strips and Carrots
- Leftover rice or quinoa
Use up leftover summer turnips from Night 3’s salad. Cut them and the carrots into 1/4″ matchsticks. Flash fry steak strips in a separate pan for best results. Combine everything and top simply with soy sauce and San-J Szechuan sauce for a little heat. Serve with rice or quinoa warmed in the microwave.
Night 5—Super Easy Meal
- Readymade Lentil Soup with Beet Stems
- Whole Grain Toasts with Chevre and Roasted Peppers
- Optional Chicken—grilled, rotisserie, deli or sautéed
Relax at the end of the week. Simply slice leftover beet stems very thinly and stir into Amy’s or another favorite lentil soup. Simmer 5 to10 minutes until tender to taste. Meanwhile, cut whole grain bread into quarters and toast or grill; top with chevre and diced roasted peppers. Serve chicken on the side if desired.