Leftovers Made Whole

Oh, food. You are the tomatoes to my lettuce, the peanut butter to my jelly, the cinnamon to my oatmeal. What would life be without you? Oh, food, you truly complete me.

We have always shared a special bond.

We have always shared a special bond.

But what about when food becomes incomplete? When it is half eaten and needs to be revived, to live another life with a whole new personality? I have attempted to do so countless times… (turkey everything after Thanksgiving, anyone?) Today is one of those days.  And here, proudly, is how I made yesterday’s leftover whole again.

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  1. Spaghetti Squash

One of the best and worst parts of eating spaghetti squash is that one big squash yields days and days of leftovers. Angela wanted some spaghetti squash to make into a healthy lasagna and we were left with piles of squash in the fridge.

I made some of it into a salad yesterday along with the leftover quinoa we had .

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Today I made the final batch of the squash into a salad with Asian dressing:

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1/3 cup soy sauce

1/3 cup sesame oil

1/4 cup xylitol or other sugar equivalent

1/4 cup Japanese fish stock or chicken broth

Hot chile oil or Sriracha sauce to taste

If you desire some acidity to the flavor, add 1/4 cup rice vinegar instead of the fish stock.  I only used less half the dressing and will have some leftover for tomorrow.

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  1. Sandwiches and Wraps

Anything edible can go into a sandwich or wrap. I have yet to find a single counterexample.

I made a wonderful healthy version of tuna salad yesterday and it was amazing. Today I ate it in a grilled sandwich and it was great!

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Got milk?

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Grill marks are good for the soul.

  1. Soup

I love my soymilk machine for making creamy soups. I put just about anything in there and it becomes delicious soup.

A few days back I made this roasted kabocha squash dish…

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…and I made the leftovers into some heavenly soup!

1 cup kabocha squash

2 carrots

1/2 onion

4 slices peeled ginger

2 cloves garlic

a dash of each: cumin, turmeric, paprika, coriander

salt and pepper to taste

Sauté all the ingredients other than the squash until soft and put everything in the soymilk machine and press PASTE.

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One thought on “Leftovers Made Whole

  1. Found your blog a few days ago, been back every day since then. I have been enjoying your blog very much. Love your writing style and the pictures attached are beautiful. The recipes are alos easy to follow. Thanks for sharing!

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