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.
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.
- 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
- Season broccoli and red beets with salt and pepper and steam for a few minutes. Vegetables should be still slightly crunchy.
- Mix vinegar, honey and slowly add oil until all ingredients are incorporated. Add all other ingredients and season with salt and pepper.
- 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?
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