Is your family like mine? A cantaloupe can sit at my house until it is shriveled up like a raisin and never get touched, but if I take that same cantaloupe and cut it up…its gone immediately!! That is exactly how I have started handling leftovers!
Monday is officially my clean-out-the-refrigerator-make-a-weekly-menu-plan-use-up-leftovers day! I’ll tell you all about that in another post 🙂
I usually pick one of three ways to use leftovers…depending on what is left over and what needs to be used before it goes bad. A Frittata or Pizza (if I have things like whole veggies or meat left) or Soup and Sandwiches (if I have seafood or casseroles left)
Today I have stuff from a seafood boil, lunchmeat, and asparagus so first things first, let’s hit Pinterest with the ingredients and see what we find! It looks like corn chowder and hot ham and cheese roll ups are on the menu tonight!
I start by cutting up all my veggies. There is something so therapeutic about dicing up food…working with your hands, so slow, music in the background. It’s as if to say, “Slow down from today’s hustle and start to nourish your soul”.
I like to brown all of the ingredients first. I think it adds another layer of flavor to the dish. Put the sausage in first with the onions and let it get all brown and yummy. Then add the corn and potatoes. Add chicken broth, salt and pepper. Leave all of that to simmer on the stove and then get started on the ham, cheese and asparagus roll ups.
I combined ideas from several chowder recipes, but for the roll ups I went to a Pillsbury recipe on Pinterest. It was so easy! I started by boiling the asparagus and then giving them an ice bath.
Then I rolled out crescent dough and rolled ham, cheese and a couple of asparagus in each roll. Popped them in the oven and waited for the cheesy gooey loveliness to happen.
As always I had a lot of help in the kitchen with floor clean up and moral support.
Fifteen minutes later, the refrigerator is ready for a new week, dinner is on the table, and leftovers are being eaten! (Okay, my youngest pulled the asparagus out of his ham and cheese roll up, but at least I tried!!)
I would love to hear from you and get your tips on what you do with leftovers, leave a comment below ! I’m always looking for new ideas. Connect with me on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest!