Leftovers Roundup

For those of you lucky (or unlucky?!) enough to have leftovers, I have a few suggestions for repurposing them, so you don’t have to eat the same ol’ thing for yet another meal.

Potatoes

If you happen to have leftover roasted potatoes, you can always try my Smashed Potato and Kale Soup or Smashed Potato Salad, which would go great along side my White Bean Burger – or any other veggie burger or veggie dog.

If you have leftover mashed potatoes, try using them as a topper for a Shepard’s Pie. I really want to try this one; it looks so good!

Raw Veggies

If your veggie tray was bigger than your guests’ stomaches, try making vegetable soup. I love clean-out-the-fridge vegetable soups. Just throw all of your left over veggies in the crock pot with a bottle of your favorite tomato juice or juice blend or a box of veggie broth and a little water, season to taste, crank up the heat and voila! The soup is ready when you are. Or, if you’re in a hurry (like I usually am), saute your denser veggies (celery, carrot, bell peppers) with onion and garlic in a little veggie broth or water (or oil if that’s how you roll) until they’re tender, add the rest of your veggies, a box of veggie broth or a bottle of tomato juice/juice blend, season to taste, bring to a rolling boil, reduce heat to a hard simmer, cover, and cook until all of your veggies are tender. The lid will help keep the heat in the pot and on the veggies. If you’re REALLY short on time, don’t forget about frozen onions and jars of chopped/minced garlic; they’re great time savers that don’t sacrifce quality.

Dip and/or Dressing

Don’t think you can stomach one more snack of veggies and vegan ranch dip? Try repurposing your dip into a sandwhich spread. Puree about a cup of your favorite beans (I usually use chickpeas) in a blender or food processor (be sure to rinse and drain first if using canned) until smooth (or leave it a little chuncky if that’s how you like your sandwhich spread). Stir in about a quarter cup of your leftover dip/dressing, some diced pickles, celery, onion, carrot, etc., and seasonings to taste (salt, pepper, dried parsley flakes, etc). Add my dip/dressing if mixture is too thick. Chill for a bit in the fridge if time, then spead on your favorite bread, crackers, veggies, pita, pita chips, tortilla, tortilla chips – whatever you can think of!

Sandwich Spread in a Pita

Apples

Make an apple pie but have left over apples? Not sure what to do with them? You can always make my Apple Pie Smoothie, or try a Two Minute Baked Apple!

Two Minute Baked Apple

1 med – lg apple, quartered and cored

1 TBSP raisins

1 TBSP maply syrup

2 TBSP oats

1-2 tsp cinnamon

2 pks stevia (or 1-2 TBSP sugar)

Quater and core apple. Add to bowl. Add raisins and maple syrup. Mix oats, cinnamon, and stevia. Sprinkle on top of apple/raisins mix. Cover bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Apples will be tender but not mushy. (They still have a little bite. For softer apples, microwave and additional 30 seconds until desired tenderness is reached.)

You can subsititue pears for apples.

Before their warm, steamy trip around the microwave2 Minute Baked Apples

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