Leftovers: Broccoli Beet Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette #HealthyFridays

Broccoli Beet Salad

My Take on Leftovers

There are so many children in this country who go hungry to bed or to school. In the same token there is an abundance of food thrown away on daily basis. Whether it’s leftovers from last nights dinner or expired food items we never had the chance to cook. Regardless, below is my take on leftovers. By the way for all of you who have been blessed with an abundance of food consider helping out with this great organization: No Kid Hungry.

This nonprofit organization is helping to eradicate child-hunger from American Schools. Every fifth child goes hungry to school. That’s a terrible fact. Watch the video to learn more about No Kid Hungry.

Remember What Your Grandma Used To Say… 

I don’t want to bore you with my leftover food. The point I’m trying to make is leftovers can be used to make yet another good meal. My Grandmother made me eat all my food on the plate. So we never had leftovers. These days’ leftovers are being thrown out in many households. That’s sad, as my Grandmother would have said: “there are children in Africa dying for hunger and we throw out our food”.

She had a point, although I’m not fond of over-eating, just serving the right amount of food the first time. Our kids are growing up with an abundance of luxury. They have cell phones, video games, the fanciest  TV’s, cars and food galore. For them it’s absolutely normal and most of them can’t live without their gadgets. We grew up with none of these items and we were happy. This young generation is completely spoiled rotten, if I may say so. Well, I guess we as parents spoiled them in the first place, but how can we not give our kids these luxuries when all their peers have them.

Broccoli Beet Salad

The Bright Sight of Leftovers

I always try to cook something healthy for my family. But sometimes I don’t have the time and I look for an easy way out. Especially Fridays when we come home from a busy week we just want to relax and don’t think too much about cooking. On Thursday I had baked a ziti with beans for my boys and me, but had some leftovers. My wife had broccoli and red beets left from her dinner. She eats mostly vegetables with little meat or fish, but no starch. So the ziti was off limit for her.

However, the point is combining different leftover foods doesn’t have to be difficult. With a little imagination many foods can be assembled and presented in a nice way. I know it’s not restaurant quality, but at least no food is being thrown out. Again, I’m talking about home cooked food that is one day old not 3 or 4 days old. Especially store-bought meals like Chinese food must be discarded after 24 hours latest, simply because we don’t know how long the food has been kept warm or how old the food was at the time of cooking.


Broccoli Beet Salad


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Broccoli Beet Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette
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Recipe type: Salad, Appetizer,
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • 1 Broccoli, cut in rosettes
  • 3 medium sized red beets
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ½ tbsp honey
  • ½ tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • Season with salt and pepper
  1. Season broccoli and red beets with salt and pepper and steam for a few minutes. Vegetables should be still slightly crunchy.
  1. Mix vinegar, honey and slowly add oil until all ingredients are incorporated. Add all other ingredients and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Pour vinaigrette over broccoli and beets and let stand for a few minutes before serving.

What do you do with leftovers?

Do you mind eating leftover foods?

What do you think about “No Kids Hungry” Organization?



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  1. Lovely post, and a beautiful presentation! I’m just happy that my husband eats leftovers – some men refuse to have anything reheated. Nothing goes to waste in my house. When my kids were growing up, I became very creative at using whatever was in the refrigerator and pantry to cook meals. I still do it, but I don’t have to do it for the sake of frugality any more, phew!
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  2. My mother and grandmother always said the same thing about African children starving and I still worry about it today. We also had to eat everything on our plate and it has taken me a long time to unlearn that. I have taught myself to stop eating when I am full despite there still being food on my plate. We seldom have leftovers because my husband eats anything I put on the table. I have to put some food aside before serving it if I want some for the next day.
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  3. When we have leftovers, it’s almost always because we planned to have them. I make soup in bit batches, for example, so I can freeze some for later. And some foods are just as enjoyable to me reheated as they are the first time around (think Thanksgiving dinner – I love leftovers from that). Anyway, lovely recipe – I don’t believe I’ve ever combined broccoli and beets together in a salad. Great idea. Really good post – thanks.
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  4. I love having leftovers! Things taste so good the next day, and I am always pleased not to have to make the whole meal from scratch 🙂 It is horrifying to think that some people go hungry whilst others throw away good food 🙁
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  5. Elva Horne says:

    Buy only what you actually need. Cook leftovers. Share food with your neighbours. Use it up. It is the simple wisdom of our grandmas, the very same grandmas who admonished us as children not to waste food and to think of all the hungry children in Africa. Do the industry and the retailers dictate your shopping habits – or do you? Who is actually in control of this situation? You are of course. You are in control.

  6. Jewell Tillman says:

    Sodexo at Landon School has been donating food to DC Central Kitchen and the Capital Area Food Bank for over 16 years. Of course, in our business, one of our top priorities is preventing food waste in the first place, but when there remains excess un-served food that has already been prepared, Sodexo’s policy is to feed hungry people.
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  7. Ah, childhood meals: Flinging peas at your sister, hiding more peas under the mashed potatoes, and being scolded by an adult for avoiding the consumption of said peas — “Clean your plate! There are starving kids in Africa.” At a young age, we learned to feel guilty for wasting food while other people don’t have any. And maybe we should. Because here’s something astounding: The amount of food waste produced globally each year is more than enough to feed the nearly 1 billion hungry people in the world.