Reuse Leftover Chicken, Fish and Vegetables into Delicious Recipes
Leftover Foods: Turn Them Into Delicious Recipes Again
What do you do with your leftover food?
Do you just throw it?
Is it right to throw it away, just like that?
The purpose of writing this article, is to suggest some innovative ways, to reuse the leftover foods, so that one can save the money, as well as avoid the wastage of Food.
This is a universal problem, almost in every kitchen, all over the World.
You relish the freshly made bread, vegetables, cakes, desserts so much. But when you have leftovers, nobody in the family wants to eat it.
But can you throw away the food you prepared, with so much effort?
No, you can't, and you shouldn't.
The food materials are grown in the fields, with so much labour, and are quite expensive too, and we must remember that.
Having fresh fruits and vegetables, and other groceries at your doorstep, in the kitchen, involves continuous hard work, of many days and many people are involved in the whole process.
We should also keep in mind, that many poor people have to sleep without any food, because they cannot afford it.
Here are some options and delicious suggestion, to reuse the food, which can be leftover in the kitchen.
Using Leftover Chicken and Fish to make delicious recipes
It is quite common in every household, that after hosting a big party---some pieces of fried fish, or some grilled chicken pieces, are leftover.
Interesting and delicious recipes can be created with them, although they are the leftovers.
- If the chicken is boneless, it‘s so easy. Fry some chopped onion, garlic, ginger, capsicum, green peas and add chicken pieces. Now combine, either boiled rice or boiled pasta, into it. Add salt, pepper, chilly flakes. Fry for 3 to 4 minutes and your tasty treat is ready.
- The leftover chicken, or fish pieces, can also be added in fresh soups or gravies.
- All you have to do is, just use a little bit of imagination, to convert the leftover chicken into delicious kebabs, and the leftover fish, into tempting fish balls or fish pakodas.
- For this purpose, you have to shred the leftover chicken or fish, into small pieces, and spread them over a chapati or bread slice. Add grated cheese (optional), onion rings, lettuce leaves and tomato sauce. Roll them, and your chicken roll or fish roll is ready to be eaten.
5 delicious leftover turkey recipes, source: YouTube
How to reuse the Leftover Bread:
When the bread is freshly baked from the oven, it tastes delicious but when 2 or 3 slices are somehow left, it becomes hard and no one wants to eat them.
1. It‘s a good idea to cut the leftover bread, into small squares, fry them and use them, in soups and salads. The crispiness of such breads add to the taste of your soups and salads.
2. You can even use the leftover bread, for binding purposes, in the cutlets and kebabs.
Just soak them in water for few seconds, squeeze out the water, mash and mix, in the required mixture. This acts, as a perfect binding ingredient.
3. You can dry the leftover bread in the Sun, or simply microwave it for a minute. Later on, grind it in the food processor, to obtain the perfec, homemade breadcrumbs.
How to reuse the Leftover Vegetables and Lentils (Daal)
Mix Leftover Veggies and Lentils, along with the Dough:
- You can mash and mix, the leftover vegetables, in the whole wheat dough, and roll out, into chapatis or the Indian parathas or rolls.
- If required, you can puree them or mash them, before kneading along with the dough.
- Leftover daal or lentils, if mashed and kneaded with wheat flour, can be made into delicious parathas. You may add spices, and green coriander leaves, if you like.
- Similarly, you might have some leftover boiled vegetables.
- Boiled leftover vegetables, can be combined and mashed, to make vegetable cutlets. Add some spices and fresh mint leaves to enhance the flavuors. Coat with breadcrumbs and shallow fry them.
- Leftover vegetables can be fried along with the leftover white boiled rice. It will taste even better, if fresh and fried onion rings, are added to it, along with fresh and green coriander.
- Boiled and leftover vegetables taste delicious in white sauce, or manchurian sauce.
How to reuse Leftover Fruits:
- Some of the fruits, such as banana taste best, when they are fresh. If they are leftover for two days, no one wants to eat them. You can mash them, and add in cake batters, to make lovely banana cakes. Adding cinnamon powder and spices, will add to its taste.
- Leftover fruits can be cut into small pieces, and caramelized with a little sugar, and cinnamon powder. They taste great, as a dessert.
- Leftover fruits such as apple pieces, pineapple chunks, grapes etc. can be combined, into custards or puddings.
- Overripe fruits can be combined, into milkshakes or curd shakes.
- Leftovers fruits can be combined into delicious smoothies. And you can add one, or many varieties of fruits into the smoothies.
Why to reuse leftover food?
The main purpose of using the leftover food, is to avoid the wastage, and thereby save some money. In addition, to the above mentioned recipes, there can be several other delicious options.
It generally happens after a big party, that no one wants to eat the same food, which they had relished before, and during the party.
With a little creativity and imagination, you can think of so many other ways, to make the leftover foods, tasty again.
In this way, not only will you save your money, but save the planet as well, by not wasting food.
Please remember that the food, you are throwing away, could have been a meal, for some poor person.
Awesome recipes with leftover foods, source: YouTube
Do you use leftover food in your kitchen again?
© 2013 Chitrangada Sharan