Leftovers for Dinner – And No One’s Pouting…

Leftover DinnerAlmost every time I make something, there’s some part left over.  Sometimes a small reusable container full, sometimes a whole plate full.  Nothing wrong with that then.  We both have varying schedules and it’s nice to have something to heat up and eat quickly without too much work.  Tonight I don’t think either of us was particularly in the mood to cook, although I’m almost always happy to string something together.  Tonight I made dinner out of mostly a bit of this and a bit of that.  One of those meals where a little bit of microwave, a little bit of stove top, and a little bit of toaster makes a great meal.

There’s possibly nothing better than breakfast for dinner.  I love eggs, any time of the day or night.  I suppose that’s why diner’s are so successful, I’m not alone in that assessment.  When I’m having a lazy night, eggs are a great way to make dinner quick and tasty.  

We had just enough left over mashed potatoes for both of us to have a nice serving.  No need to make homefries then.  Leftover mashed potatoes heat up quite nicely in the microwave, provided you cover them with a moist paper towel.  We also have some of that Spicy Thai Basil Chicken over rice left over as well.  Now we’re getting some where.  That also heats up the same way quite nicely.  Two starches and I haven’t even gotten to bread yet, this is shaping up nicely.

Leftover DinnerFor eggs I’m more of a simple fried egg kinda guy.  Scrambled eggs are great, but most of the time you get them somewhere they are over-cooked to death.  Dry and unappealing.  I don’t make them that way, but it’s stuck in my head that fried is always better.  Not sure what that’s about but it is what it is, as they say.  That and I think fried eggs cook more quickly.  Usually easier but if you look at the pictures you’ll see I managed to break one of the yolks.  That’s my luck.  You break it – you own it, so now egg’s on my plate.  No biggie.  To use even more left over stuff, some of the chicken fat I’ve got hanging went to fry up the eggs.  Even better.

The last bit to get going is some English muffins.  You always need some sort of bread to go with fried eggs, if only to sop up that fantastic egg yolk goodness.  That and to be able to say you’ve got three starches going for yourself.  That’s no small feat.  So from wandering around wondering what exactly we were going to eat, to actually munching on dinner was about 10 minutes.  Not bad.  And repurposing a few meals into one means I’ve still got some Spicy Thai Basil left over for lunch or that mid-night snack.

No directions here, just some idea what you can do when you’re cooking all the time and have a fridge full of leftovers.  They don’t have to be sad and painful.  A little food inspiration before you’re inundated with leftovers on the upcoming Holiday.

Leftover Dinner

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