Tradicionalni recepti

Preostale namirnice pretvorite u ukusne obroke

Preostale namirnice pretvorite u ukusne obroke

Ne dopustite da sinoćnja večera propadne; napravite uzbudljiva, aromatična jela koja će učiniti da im sve bude kao novo

Preostale namirnice pretvorite u ukusne obroke

Sljedeći put kad očistite hladnjak, dok ste bacanje stare hrane i ostataka hrane u smeće, razmislite kako ste ih mogli potrošiti prije nego što su istekli i istrunuli. Svake godine, Amerikanci bacaju više od 50 milijuna tona hrane - čine više od 20 posto ukupnog komunalnog smeća. No, pitanje otpada na stranu, velike stvari mogu postati od vašeg ostatka; potrebno je samo malo razmišljanja i kreativnosti.

Ostaci opet može postati sjajno! Mogu se prenamijeniti u potpuno nova jela s novim okusima, teksturama i obnovljenim ukusima. Ovdje smo prikupili hrpu ideja kako vaše nedovršene obroke pretvoriti u prekrasne obroke. No, prije nego što počnemo, znajte da, iako ovaj zaostatak recepata sugerira razna inventivna jela, gotovo sve se može napraviti ili prenamijeniti u juha.

Možete pojačati sve što vam je pri ruci s ukusnim temeljcem, daškom vrhnja i malo dodatnog začina, a zatim to nazvati "juha za berbu" ili nešto slično. Nitko neće znati da ste od navodno ničega napravili nešto impresivno - to jest ako se time ne hvalite.

Preostali kruh

Zaostali kolač, kolačići ili pita

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To se ne događa često, ali ponekad nas "muči" zadržavanje deserti: ustajao kolačići, zaboravljeni komadić pita, kolač koji je jednostavno bio prevelik za dovršiti. Zabavan način da ovim slasticama date novi život jest da ih pretvorite u još jedan desert! Zalijepite sve što imate pri ruci s mlijekom i kuglicom sladoleda mliječni šejk.

Za recept Milkshake Pie od bundeve, kliknite ovdje.

Ostaci kave

Kad vam se čini da ne možete dovršiti taj lonac, nemojte jednostavno iskoristiti neiskorištenu tekućinu u odvod. Umjesto toga, preusmjerite to izlijevanje u ladicu za kocke leda i napravite kockice leda od kave da ohlade vašu sljedeću ledenu kavu bez razrjeđivanja. Drugi način da ga iskoristite je upariti s čokoladom; kava naglašava okus čokolade, čineći pecivo posebno ukusnim.

Za recept Lefttover Coffee Chocolate Brownies kliknite ovdje.

Ostaci pire krumpira

Ostatak pire krompir nikada nisu tako dobri kao kad su svježe napravljeni i vrući; u danima nakon što ih napravite, postaju brašnasti i suhi, ostavljajući mnogo toga za poželjeti. Međutim, pretvaranje ostataka u Miljenik Britanaca "Mjehurić i škripa" može krumpiru vratiti njihov mojo. Bubble and Squeak vrhunsko je preostalo jelo i pravi se isključivo s ostacima večere. Može se koristiti bilo koja kombinacija zaostalih sastojaka, ali je pire krumpir uvijek primarni sastojak. Jelo je dobilo svoje šarmantno ime od zvukova koji preostali kupus (tradicionalni sastojak) proizvodi pri ponovnom zagrijavanju.

Tražite druge mogućnosti za preostali krumpir? Što kažeš na ostaci pire krumpirovih vafla ili a Pastirska pita, možda?

Za recept Bubble and Squeak kliknite ovdje.

Ostaci riže i drugih žitarica

Zaostalo pečeno povrće

Podgrijavanjem zaostalog pečenog povrća neće oživjeti bivša slast njihovih hrskavih rubova; kao ostaci, sada su mekani i brzo opadaju u okusu i teksturi - pa što činite?

Odgovor: Napravite doručak! Ostatke vam grubo usitnite i umiješajte u frittata ili pahuljice quiche. U drugom scenariju doručka, mogli biste ih ubaciti među neke druge izglede kako biste napravili a ukusan hash od povrća.

Za recept s fritajom kliknite ovdje.

Zaostali proteini

Sve vrste mesa - piletina, odrezak, svinjetina, janjetina - može (i treba) se prenamijeniti u nešto jednako dobro i ukusno kao i sinoćnja večera. Sendviči, enchilade, tacos, mesne salate (poput ovog prekrasnog broja kelja, janjetine i šipka) prvo mi padne na pamet, ali tepsije a juhe su također izvrsne, jednostavne i ukusne opcije.

Za recept Easy Chicken Enchiladas kliknite ovdje.

Zaostali tikvice i slatki krumpir

Preostali Wilty Greens


Kako pretvoriti ostatke večere u snazzy školski ručak koji će se svidjeti djeci

Vratio se školski period! Mnogim roditeljima ovo doba godine donosi uzdah olakšanja, jer se djeca vraćaju u učionicu i izlaze 24 sata dnevno. Ove godine stvari nisu tako jednostavne, naravno ako jesu su Vraćajući se natrag, vjerojatno ste više zabrinuti nego inače, a ako se kod kuće sigurno školuju na daljinu, morate se nositi s dodatnim gnjavažama, od stalnih zahtjeva za grickalicama do mijenjanja rasporeda zumiranja i tehničkih poteškoća u zadnjoj minuti. U svakom slučaju, i dalje postoje svi uobičajeni problemi, od borbe oko domaćih zadataka do pronalaska dovoljno vremena u danu za ručak.

Krenite na izlet Nadahnite se ovim školskim ručkovima diljem svijeta Dok neka djeca iz dana u dan uživaju u istom starom sendviču, druga su zaprepaštena onim što pronađu u kutiji za ručak. Kako zadržati zanimljivost bez dodavanja sati danu? Srećom, moji su vam hakovi pomogli u rješavanju tog drugog problema, a sinoć je ostatak večere vruć uz veliku pomoć.

Prije nego što puh-puh zamislite-"Moja djeca mrze ostatke za večeru, neće ih jesti u školi!" - smatrajte da ovo nisu samo recikliranja jelovnika za sinoćnju večeru. Umjesto toga, oni kreativno preuređuju tu večeru u nešto potpuno novo uz samo minimalni napor. Oni također pomažu smanjiti približno 40 posto hrane za kućanstvo koju Amerikanci bacaju svake godine.

Ovdje je fokus na prenamjeni glavnih sastojaka, poput primarnih proteina ili ostataka povrća, u potpuno novo jelo koje će biti uzbudljivo, ali zdravo. Vole li vaša djeca pizzu? Tjestenina? Tacos? Evo nekoliko načina kako ih stvoriti naizgled iz zraka.

Da je sinoćnja večera bila…

Začinjeno meso:

Napravite vlastiti taco bar. Ako je sinoćnja večera bila kakvo začinjeno meso, poput pilećih prsa, odrezaka ili svinjetine, imate svoju bazu za svima omiljenu ručnu hranu. Meso jednostavno narežite ili nasjeckajte na duge trake i stavite u posudu. Dodajte dvije tortilje od brašna ili kukuruza u vrećicu za ručak, a zatim u posudu s više odjeljaka napunite bilo koju kombinaciju isjeckanog sira, trakica papra (ili ostataka povrća), avokada, salse i kiselog vrhnja. Neka vaša djeca to sastave u školi i voila, imate instant tacos.

Pretvorite ga u zdjelu fajita. Je li to jelo od piletine/odrezaka/svinjetine također dolazilo sa prilogom od riže? Pomiješajte sve zajedno! Ponovno nasjeckajte ili usitnite meso, dodajte ga u zdjelu s gore navedenim rižom i preljevima te bacite. Manje je neuredno za jelo i koristi manje posuda, ali je jednako dobrog okusa.

Bentgo Kids Brights nepropusna, kutija za ručak u 5 odjeljaka u bento stilu, 24,99 USD od Amazona

Mljeveno goveđe meso, puretina ili hamburger pljeskavice:

Napravite vrhunski topljeni kolač. Da, tacosi bi i ovdje radili. I tako bi i preostali burger nakon svega, koje dijete ne voli hamburger? No, radi manje pritužbi na ostatke, dobar topljeni kolač odličan je proizvod za recikliranje. Sve što vam treba je raženi kruh, švicarski sir i malo umaka i spremni ste. (Naš recept pronađite u nastavku.)

Sastavite traljavog Joesa. Ovaj obrok također rješava zaostale lepinje od hamburgera s večere. Jednostavno nasjeckajte govedinu i pomiješajte s malo smeđeg šećera, zelene paprike, češnjakom, ili kečapom ili žutom senfom, i dobit ćete potpuno drugačiji sendvič. I pomaže u unošenje malo povrća u prehranu koje neće baciti u smeće za ručak!

Pečeno ili rotisserie piletina:

Napravite juhu. Ah, pouzdana rootsserie piletina. Potpuni obrok koji ne zahtijeva ništa više od zaustavljanja u trgovini ili samo sat vremena u pećnici. Neizbježno ćete imati i ostatke mesa i ogromnu lešinu. Ne izbacujte ništa od toga! Dodajte trup u divovski lonac s vodom, komadićima celera, mrkvom, lukom i lovorovim listom. Dodajte sol, papar i origano. Pustite da zavrije pa spustite na lagano kuhanje, poklopite i kuhajte najmanje 12 sati, po potrebi prilagodite razinu vode. Kad je spremno, procijedite ga u posudu s sitnim sitom. Dobit ćete bogat, izdašan temeljac savršen za toliko jela: dodajte malo piletine i rezanci za pripremu instant juhe ili ga upotrijebite za kuhanje riže ili kvinoje umjesto vode. Doduše, ovo možda neće biti spremno dok djeca sljedeći dan neće istrčati na vrata, ali trajat će u hladnjaku oko četiri dana, a u zamrzivaču još dulje.

Napravite salatu od piletine. Kao što nas je Ina Garten naučila, najbolja salata od piletine dolazi od piletine u rotisserieu. Jazz to kako god želite uz curry, ako su vam djeca avanturistička, ili možda neki Kewpie majonez za malo dodatnog opijanja. Odatle imate sjajne sendviče za ručak. Pileća salata trebala bi se držati barem nekoliko dana u hladnjaku ako je dobro zatvorena.

Puno povrća i bez mesa ili vrlo malo mesa:

Bacite tjesteninu primavera. Živite li u vegetarijanskom domaćinstvu ili imate djecu koja će sa zadovoljstvom pojesti sve proteine ​​i jedva dotaknuti povrće? Prekrijte ostatke u ukusnu tjesteninu. Povrće samo nasjeckajte na komade veličine zalogaja i prelijte kuhanom pečenicom. Prelijte s malo maslinovog ulja i začina ili omiljenog umaka od tjestenine iz konzerve. Voila! Omogućit ćete im povećanje ugljikohidrata koje im je potrebno za popodnevne sportove (ili trčanje po dvorištu ovisno o slučaju). Kao bonus, hladne tjestenine jednako su ukusne kao i vruće, savršene za malu djecu koja nemaju pristup mikrovalnoj pećnici u školi.

Skuhajte koru cvjetače . Cvjetača je danas u modi, ali to ne znači da će djeca odjednom uživati ​​u njoj nakon tisućljeća hraneći je psom ispod stola. Na sreću, trenutna pomama u cvjetači dovela je do brojnih inventivnih načina njene uporabe. Ostatke cvjetova ili rižu od cvjetače zgnječite ili propasirajte u pire, utisnite u tavu i ispecite. Pogodi što? Sada imate ukusnu koricu pizze od cvjetače, a vaša djeca neće biti ništa mudrija. Prelijte umakom, sirom i njihovim omiljenim dodacima za pizzu. Bit ćeš njihov heroj.

Ostaci kruha, peciva i slično:

Pizza Pizza! Usuđujem se da nađete dijete koje će za ručak odbiti pizzu. Jesu li vam ostale hamburger peciva? Francuski kruh? Tortilje iz tacosa? Prave odlične mini-pizze. Opet, samo prelijte umakom i isjeckanim sirom zajedno s njihovim omiljenim mesom ili povrćem. Najbolje. Roditelj. Ikad.


Kako pretvoriti ostatke večere u snazzy školski ručak koji će se svidjeti djeci

Vratio se školski period! Mnogim roditeljima ovo doba godine donosi uzdah olakšanja, jer se djeca vraćaju u učionicu i izlaze 24 sata dnevno. Ove godine stvari nisu tako jednostavne, naravno ako jesu su vraćajući se natrag, vjerojatno ste više zabrinuti nego inače, a ako se kod kuće sigurno školuju na daljinu, morate se nositi s dodatnim gnjavažama, od stalnih zahtjeva za grickalicama do mijenjanja rasporeda zumiranja i tehničkih poteškoća u zadnjoj minuti. U svakom slučaju, i dalje postoje svi uobičajeni problemi, od borbe oko domaćih zadataka do pronalaska dovoljno vremena u danu za ručak.

Krenite na izlet Nadahnite se ovim školskim ručkovima diljem svijeta Dok neka djeca iz dana u dan uživaju u istom starom sendviču, druga su zaprepaštena onim što pronađu u kutiji za ručak. Kako zadržati zanimljivost bez dodavanja sati danu? Srećom, moji su vam hakovi pomogli u rješavanju tog drugog problema, a sinoć je ostatak večere vruć uz veliku pomoć.

Prije nego što puh-puh zamislite-"Moja djeca mrze ostatke za večeru, neće ih jesti u školi!" - smatrajte da ovo nisu samo recikliranja jelovnika za sinoćnju večeru. Umjesto toga, oni kreativno preuređuju tu večeru u nešto potpuno novo uz samo minimalni napor. Oni također pomažu smanjiti približno 40 posto hrane za kućanstvo koju Amerikanci bacaju svake godine.

Ovdje je fokus na prenamjeni glavnih sastojaka, poput primarnih proteina ili ostataka povrća, u potpuno novo jelo koje će biti uzbudljivo, ali zdravo. Vole li vaša djeca pizzu? Tjestenina? Tacos? Evo nekoliko načina kako ih stvoriti naizgled iz zraka.

Da je sinoćnja večera bila…

Začinjeno meso:

Napravite vlastiti taco bar. Ako je sinoćnja večera bila kakvo začinjeno meso, poput pilećih prsa, odrezaka ili svinjetine, imate svoju bazu za svima omiljenu ručnu hranu. Meso jednostavno narežite ili nasjeckajte na duge trake i stavite u posudu. Dodajte dvije tortilje od brašna ili kukuruza u vrećicu za ručak, a zatim u posudu s više odjeljaka napunite bilo koju kombinaciju isjeckanog sira, trakica papra (ili ostataka povrća), avokada, salse i kiselog vrhnja. Neka vaša djeca to sastave u školi i voila, imate instant tacos.

Pretvorite ga u zdjelu fajita. Je li to jelo od piletine/odrezaka/svinjetine također dolazilo sa prilogom od riže? Pomiješajte sve zajedno! Ponovno nasjeckajte ili usitnite meso, dodajte ga u zdjelu s gore navedenim rižom i preljevima te bacite. Manje je neuredno za jelo i koristi manje posuda, ali je jednako dobrog okusa.

Bentgo Kids Brights nepropusna, kutija za ručak u 5 odjeljaka u bento stilu, 24,99 USD od Amazona

Mljeveno goveđe meso, puretina ili hamburger pljeskavice:

Napravite vrhunski topljeni kolač. Da, tacosi bi i ovdje radili. I tako bi i preostali burger nakon svega, koje dijete ne voli hamburger? No, radi manje pritužbi na ostatke, dobar topljeni kolač odličan je proizvod za recikliranje. Sve što vam treba je raženi kruh, švicarski sir i malo umaka i spremni ste. (Naš recept pronađite u nastavku.)

Sastavite traljavog Joesa. Ovaj obrok također rješava zaostale lepinje od hamburgera s večere. Jednostavno nasjeckajte govedinu i pomiješajte s malo smeđeg šećera, zelene paprike, češnjakom, ili kečapom ili žutom senfom, i dobit ćete potpuno drugačiji sendvič. I pomaže u unošenje malo povrća u prehranu koje neće baciti u smeće za ručak!

Pečeno ili rotisserie piletina:

Napravite juhu. Ah, pouzdana rootsserie piletina. Potpuni obrok koji ne zahtijeva ništa više od zaustavljanja u trgovini ili samo sat vremena u pećnici. Neizbježno ćete imati i ostatke mesa i ogromnu lešinu. Ne izbacujte ništa od toga! Dodajte trup u divovski lonac s vodom, komadićima celera, mrkvom, lukom i lovorovim listom. Dodajte sol, papar i origano. Pustite da zavrije pa spustite na lagano kuhanje, poklopite i kuhajte najmanje 12 sati, po potrebi prilagodite razinu vode. Kad je spremno, procijedite ga u posudu s sitnim sitom. Dobit ćete bogat, izdašan temeljac savršen za toliko jela: dodajte malo piletine i rezanci za pripremu instant juhe ili ga upotrijebite za kuhanje riže ili kvinoje umjesto vode. Doduše, ovo možda neće biti spremno dok klinci sljedeći dan neće istrčati na vrata, ali u hladnjaku će izdržati oko četiri dana, a u zamrzivaču još dulje.

Napravite salatu od piletine. Kao što nas je Ina Garten naučila, najbolja salata od piletine dolazi od piletine u rotisserieu. Jazz to kako god želite uz curry, ako su vam djeca avanturistička, ili možda neki Kewpie majonez za malo dodatnog opijanja. Odatle imate sjajne sendviče za ručak. Pileća salata trebala bi se držati barem nekoliko dana u hladnjaku ako je dobro zatvorena.

Puno povrća i bez mesa ili vrlo malo mesa:

Bacite tjesteninu primavera. Živite li u vegetarijanskom domaćinstvu ili imate djecu koja će sa zadovoljstvom pojesti sve proteine ​​i jedva dotaknuti povrće? Prekrijte ostatke u ukusnu tjesteninu. Povrće samo nasjeckajte na komade veličine zalogaja i prelijte kuhanom pečenicom. Prelijte s malo maslinovog ulja i začina ili omiljenog umaka od tjestenine iz konzerve. Voila! Omogućit ćete im povećanje ugljikohidrata koje im je potrebno za popodnevne sportove (ili trčanje po dvorištu ovisno o slučaju). Kao bonus, hladne tjestenine jednako su ukusne kao i vruće, savršene za malu djecu koja nemaju pristup mikrovalnoj pećnici u školi.

Skuhajte koru cvjetače . Cvjetača je danas u modi, ali to ne znači da će djeca odjednom uživati ​​u njoj nakon tisućljeća hraneći je psom ispod stola. Na sreću, trenutna pomama u cvjetači dovela je do brojnih inventivnih načina njene uporabe. Ostatke cvjetova ili rižu od cvjetače zgnječite ili propasirajte u pire, utisnite u tavu i ispecite. Pogodi što? Sada imate ukusnu koricu pizze od cvjetače, a vaša djeca neće biti ništa mudrija. Prelijte umakom, sirom i njihovim omiljenim dodacima za pizzu. Bit ćeš njihov heroj.

Ostaci kruha, peciva i slično:

Pizza Pizza! Usuđujem se da nađete dijete koje će za ručak odbiti pizzu. Jesu li vam ostale hamburger peciva? Francuski kruh? Tortilje iz tacosa? Prave odlične mini-pizze. Opet, samo prelijte umakom i isjeckanim sirom zajedno s njihovim omiljenim mesom ili povrćem. Najbolje. Roditelj. Ikad.


Kako pretvoriti ostatke večere u snazzy školski ručak koji će se svidjeti djeci

Vratio se školski period! Mnogim roditeljima ovo doba godine donosi uzdah olakšanja, jer se djeca vraćaju u učionicu i izlaze 24 sata dnevno. Ove godine stvari nisu tako jednostavne, naravno ako jesu su Vraćajući se natrag, vjerojatno ste više zabrinuti nego inače, a ako se kod kuće sigurno školuju na daljinu, morate se nositi s dodatnim gnjavažama, od stalnih zahtjeva za grickalicama do mijenjanja rasporeda zumiranja i tehničkih poteškoća u zadnjoj minuti. U svakom slučaju, i dalje postoje svi uobičajeni problemi, od borbe oko domaćih zadataka do pronalaska dovoljno vremena u danu za ručak.

Krenite na izlet Nadahnite se ovim školskim ručkovima diljem svijeta Dok neka djeca iz dana u dan uživaju u istom starom sendviču, druga su zaprepaštena onim što pronađu u kutiji za ručak. Kako zadržati zanimljivost bez dodavanja sati danu? Srećom, moji su vam hakovi pomogli u rješavanju tog drugog problema, a sinoć je ostatak večere vruć uz veliku pomoć.

Prije nego što puh-puh zamislite-"Moja djeca mrze ostatke za večeru, neće ih jesti u školi!" - smatrajte da ovo nisu samo recikliranja jelovnika za sinoćnju večeru. Umjesto toga, oni kreativno preuređuju tu večeru u nešto potpuno novo uz samo minimalni napor. Oni također pomažu smanjiti približno 40 posto hrane za kućanstvo koju Amerikanci bacaju svake godine.

Ovdje je fokus na prenamjeni glavnih sastojaka, poput primarnih proteina ili ostataka povrća, u potpuno novo jelo koje će biti uzbudljivo, ali zdravo. Vole li vaša djeca pizzu? Tjestenina? Tacos? Evo nekoliko načina kako ih stvoriti naizgled iz zraka.

Da je sinoćnja večera bila…

Začinjeno meso:

Napravite vlastiti taco bar. Ako je sinoćnja večera bila kakvo začinjeno meso, poput pilećih prsa, odrezaka ili svinjetine, imate svoju bazu za svima omiljenu ručnu hranu. Meso jednostavno narežite ili nasjeckajte na duge trake i stavite u posudu. Dodajte dvije tortilje od brašna ili kukuruza u vrećicu za ručak, a zatim u posudu s više odjeljaka napunite bilo koju kombinaciju isjeckanog sira, trakica papra (ili ostataka povrća), avokada, salse i kiselog vrhnja. Neka vaša djeca to sastave u školi i voila, imate instant tacos.

Pretvorite ga u zdjelu fajita. Je li to jelo od piletine/odrezaka/svinjetine također dolazilo sa prilogom od riže? Pomiješajte sve zajedno! Ponovno nasjeckajte ili usitnite meso, dodajte ga u zdjelu s gore navedenim rižom i preljevima te bacite. Manje je neuredno za jelo i koristi manje posuda, ali je jednako dobrog okusa.

Bentgo Kids Brights nepropusna, kutija za ručak u 5 odjeljaka u bento stilu, 24,99 USD od Amazona

Mljeveno goveđe meso, puretina ili hamburger pljeskavice:

Napravite vrhunski topljeni kolač. Da, tacosi bi i ovdje radili. I tako bi i preostali burger nakon svega, koje dijete ne voli hamburger? No, radi manje pritužbi na ostatke, dobar topljeni kolač odličan je proizvod za recikliranje. Sve što vam treba je raženi kruh, švicarski sir i malo umaka i spremni ste. (Naš recept pronađite u nastavku.)

Sastavite traljavog Joesa. Ovaj obrok također rješava zaostale lepinje od hamburgera s večere. Jednostavno nasjeckajte govedinu i pomiješajte s malo smeđeg šećera, zelene paprike, češnjakom, ili kečapom ili žutom senfom, i dobit ćete potpuno drugačiji sendvič. I pomaže u unošenje malo povrća u prehranu koje neće baciti u smeće za ručak!

Pečeno ili rotisserie piletina:

Napravite juhu. Ah, pouzdana rootsserie piletina. Potpuni obrok koji ne zahtijeva ništa više od zaustavljanja u trgovini ili samo sat vremena u pećnici. Neizbježno ćete imati i ostatke mesa i ogromnu lešinu. Ne izbacujte ništa od toga! Dodajte trup u divovski lonac s vodom, komadićima celera, mrkvom, lukom i lovorovim listom. Dodajte sol, papar i origano. Pustite da zavrije pa spustite na lagano kuhanje, poklopite i kuhajte najmanje 12 sati, po potrebi prilagodite razinu vode. Kad je spremno, procijedite ga u posudu s sitnim sitom. Dobit ćete bogat, izdašan temeljac savršen za toliko jela: dodajte malo piletine i rezanci za pripremu instant juhe ili ga upotrijebite za kuhanje riže ili kvinoje umjesto vode. Doduše, ovo možda neće biti spremno dok klinci sljedeći dan neće istrčati na vrata, ali u hladnjaku će izdržati oko četiri dana, a u zamrzivaču još dulje.

Napravite salatu od piletine. Kao što nas je Ina Garten naučila, najbolja salata od piletine dolazi od piletine u rotisserieu. Jazz to kako god želite uz curry, ako su vam djeca avanturistička, ili možda neki Kewpie majonez za malo dodatnog opijanja. Odatle imate sjajne sendviče za ručak. Pileća salata trebala bi se držati barem nekoliko dana u hladnjaku ako je dobro zatvorena.

Puno povrća i bez mesa ili vrlo malo mesa:

Bacite tjesteninu primavera. Živite li u vegetarijanskom domaćinstvu ili imate djecu koja će sa zadovoljstvom pojesti sve proteine ​​i jedva dotaknuti povrće? Prekrijte ostatke u ukusnu tjesteninu. Povrće samo nasjeckajte na komade veličine zalogaja i prelijte kuhanom pečenicom. Prelijte s malo maslinovog ulja i začina ili omiljenog umaka od tjestenine iz konzerve. Voila! Omogućit ćete im povećanje ugljikohidrata koje im je potrebno za popodnevne sportove (ili trčanje po dvorištu ovisno o slučaju). Kao bonus, hladne tjestenine jednako su ukusne kao i vruće, savršene za malu djecu koja nemaju pristup mikrovalnoj pećnici u školi.

Skuhajte koru cvjetače . Cvjetača je danas u modi, ali to ne znači da će djeca odjednom uživati ​​u njoj nakon tisućljeća hraneći je psom ispod stola. Na sreću, trenutna pomama u cvjetači dovela je do brojnih inventivnih načina njene uporabe. Ostatke cvjetova ili rižu od cvjetače zgnječite ili propasirajte u pire, utisnite u tavu i ispecite. Pogodi što? Sada imate ukusnu koricu pizze od cvjetače, a vaša djeca neće biti ništa mudrija. Prelijte umakom, sirom i njihovim omiljenim dodacima za pizzu. Bit ćeš njihov heroj.

Ostaci kruha, peciva i slično:

Pizza Pizza! Usuđujem se da nađete dijete koje će za ručak odbiti pizzu. Jesu li vam ostale hamburger peciva? Francuski kruh? Tortilje iz tacosa? Prave odlične mini-pizze. Opet, samo prelijte umakom i isjeckanim sirom zajedno s njihovim omiljenim mesom ili povrćem. Najbolje. Roditelj. Ikad.


Kako pretvoriti ostatke večere u snazzy školski ručak koji će se svidjeti djeci

Vratio se školski period! Mnogim roditeljima ovo doba godine donosi uzdah olakšanja, jer se djeca vraćaju u učionicu i izlaze 24 sata dnevno. Ove godine stvari nisu tako jednostavne, naravno ako jesu su vraćajući se natrag, vjerojatno ste više zabrinuti nego inače, a ako se kod kuće sigurno školuju na daljinu, morate se nositi s dodatnim gnjavažama, od stalnih zahtjeva za grickalicama do mijenjanja rasporeda zumiranja i tehničkih poteškoća u zadnjoj minuti. U svakom slučaju, i dalje postoje svi uobičajeni problemi, od borbe oko domaćih zadataka do pronalaska dovoljno vremena u danu za ručak.

Krenite na izlet Nadahnite se ovim školskim ručkovima diljem svijeta Dok neka djeca iz dana u dan uživaju u istom starom sendviču, druga su zaprepaštena onim što pronađu u kutiji za ručak. Kako zadržati zanimljivost bez dodavanja sati danu? Srećom, moji su vam hakovi pomogli u rješavanju tog drugog problema, a sinoć je ostatak večere vruć uz veliku pomoć.

Prije nego što puh-puh zamislite-"Moja djeca mrze ostatke za večeru, neće ih jesti u školi!" - smatrajte da ovo nisu samo recikliranja jelovnika za sinoćnju večeru. Umjesto toga, oni kreativno preuređuju tu večeru u nešto potpuno novo uz samo minimalni napor. Oni također pomažu smanjiti približno 40 posto hrane za kućanstvo koju Amerikanci bacaju svake godine.

Ovdje je fokus na prenamjeni glavnih sastojaka, poput primarnih proteina ili ostataka povrća, u potpuno novo jelo koje će biti uzbudljivo, ali zdravo. Vole li vaša djeca pizzu? Tjestenina? Tacos? Evo nekoliko načina kako ih stvoriti naizgled iz zraka.

Da je sinoćnja večera bila…

Začinjeno meso:

Napravite vlastiti taco bar. Ako je sinoćnja večera bila kakvo začinjeno meso, poput pilećih prsa, odrezaka ili svinjetine, imate svoju bazu za svima omiljenu ručnu hranu. Meso jednostavno narežite ili nasjeckajte na duge trake i stavite u posudu. Dodajte dvije tortilje od brašna ili kukuruza u vrećicu za ručak, a zatim u posudu s više odjeljaka napunite bilo koju kombinaciju isjeckanog sira, trakica papra (ili ostataka povrća), avokada, salse i kiselog vrhnja. Neka vaša djeca to sastave u školi i voila, imate instant tacos.

Pretvorite ga u zdjelu fajita. Je li to jelo od piletine/odrezaka/svinjetine također dolazilo sa prilogom od riže? Pomiješajte sve zajedno! Ponovno nasjeckajte ili usitnite meso, dodajte ga u zdjelu s gore navedenim rižom i preljevima te bacite. Manje je neuredno za jelo i koristi manje posuda, ali je jednako dobrog okusa.

Bentgo Kids Brights nepropusna, kutija za ručak u 5 odjeljaka u bento stilu, 24,99 USD od Amazona

Mljeveno goveđe meso, puretina ili hamburger pljeskavice:

Napravite vrhunski topljeni kolač. Da, tacosi bi i ovdje radili. I tako bi i preostali burger nakon svega, koje dijete ne voli hamburger? No, radi manje pritužbi na ostatke, dobar topljeni kolač odličan je proizvod za recikliranje. Sve što vam treba je raženi kruh, švicarski sir i malo umaka i spremni ste. (Naš recept pronađite u nastavku.)

Sastavite traljavog Joesa. Ovaj obrok također rješava zaostale lepinje od hamburgera s večere. Jednostavno nasjeckajte govedinu i pomiješajte s malo smeđeg šećera, zelene paprike, češnjakom, ili kečapom ili žutom senfom, i dobit ćete potpuno drugačiji sendvič. I pomaže u unošenje malo povrća u prehranu koje neće baciti u smeće za ručak!

Pečeno ili rotisserie piletina:

Napravite juhu. Ah, pouzdana rootsserie piletina. Potpuni obrok koji ne zahtijeva ništa više od zaustavljanja u trgovini ili samo sat vremena u pećnici. Neizbježno ćete imati i ostatke mesa i ogromnu lešinu. Ne izbacujte ništa od toga! Dodajte trup u divovski lonac s vodom, komadićima celera, mrkvom, lukom i lovorovim listom. Dodajte sol, papar i origano. Pustite da zavrije pa spustite na lagano kuhanje, poklopite i kuhajte najmanje 12 sati, po potrebi prilagodite razinu vode. Kad je spremno, procijedite ga u posudu s sitnim sitom. Dobit ćete bogat, izdašan temeljac savršen za toliko jela: dodajte malo piletine i rezanci za pripremu instant juhe ili ga upotrijebite za kuhanje riže ili kvinoje umjesto vode. Doduše, ovo možda neće biti spremno dok klinci sljedeći dan neće istrčati na vrata, ali u hladnjaku će izdržati oko četiri dana, a u zamrzivaču još dulje.

Napravite salatu od piletine. Kao što nas je Ina Garten naučila, najbolja salata od piletine dolazi od piletine u rotisserieu. Jazz to kako god želite uz curry, ako su vam djeca avanturistička, ili možda neki Kewpie majonez za malo dodatnog opijanja. Odatle imate sjajne sendviče za ručak. Pileća salata trebala bi se držati barem nekoliko dana u hladnjaku ako je dobro zatvorena.

Puno povrća i bez mesa ili vrlo malo mesa:

Bacite tjesteninu primavera. Živite li u vegetarijanskom domaćinstvu ili imate djecu koja će sa zadovoljstvom pojesti sve proteine ​​i jedva dotaknuti povrće? Prekrijte ostatke u ukusnu tjesteninu. Povrće samo nasjeckajte na komade veličine zalogaja i prelijte kuhanom pečenicom. Prelijte s malo maslinovog ulja i začina ili omiljenog umaka od tjestenine iz konzerve. Voila! Omogućit ćete im povećanje ugljikohidrata koje im je potrebno za popodnevne sportove (ili trčanje po dvorištu ovisno o slučaju). Kao bonus, hladne tjestenine jednako su ukusne kao i vruće, savršene za malu djecu koja nemaju pristup mikrovalnoj pećnici u školi.

Skuhajte koru cvjetače . Cvjetača je danas u modi, ali to ne znači da će djeca odjednom uživati ​​u njoj nakon tisućljeća hraneći je psom ispod stola. Na sreću, trenutna pomama u cvjetači dovela je do brojnih inventivnih načina njene uporabe. Ostatke cvjetova ili rižu od cvjetače zgnječite ili propasirajte u pire, utisnite u tavu i ispecite. Pogodi što? Sada imate ukusnu koricu pizze od cvjetače, a vaša djeca neće biti ništa mudrija. Prelijte umakom, sirom i njihovim omiljenim dodacima za pizzu. Bit ćeš njihov heroj.

Ostaci kruha, peciva i slično:

Pizza Pizza! Usuđujem se da nađete dijete koje će za ručak odbiti pizzu. Jesu li vam ostale hamburger peciva? Francuski kruh? Tortilje iz tacosa? Prave odlične mini-pizze. Opet, samo prelijte umakom i isjeckanim sirom zajedno s njihovim omiljenim mesom ili povrćem. Najbolje. Roditelj. Ikad.


Kako pretvoriti ostatke večere u snazzy školski ručak koji će se svidjeti djeci

Vratio se školski period! Mnogim roditeljima ovo doba godine donosi uzdah olakšanja, jer se djeca vraćaju u učionicu i izlaze 24 sata dnevno. Ove godine stvari nisu tako jednostavne, naravno ako jesu su Vraćajući se natrag, vjerojatno ste više zabrinuti nego inače, a ako se kod kuće sigurno školuju na daljinu, morate se nositi s dodatnim gnjavažama, od stalnih zahtjeva za grickalicama do mijenjanja rasporeda zumiranja i tehničkih poteškoća u zadnjoj minuti. U svakom slučaju, i dalje postoje svi uobičajeni problemi, od borbe oko domaćih zadataka do pronalaska dovoljno vremena u danu za ručak.

Krenite na izlet Nadahnite se ovim školskim ručkovima diljem svijeta Dok neka djeca iz dana u dan uživaju u istom starom sendviču, druga su zaprepaštena onim što pronađu u kutiji za ručak. Kako zadržati zanimljivost bez dodavanja sati danu? Srećom, moji su vam hakovi pomogli u rješavanju tog drugog problema, a sinoć je ostatak večere vruć uz veliku pomoć.

Prije nego što puh-puh zamislite-"Moja djeca mrze ostatke za večeru, neće ih jesti u školi!" - smatrajte da ovo nisu samo recikliranja jelovnika za sinoćnju večeru. Umjesto toga, oni kreativno preuređuju tu večeru u nešto potpuno novo uz samo minimalni napor. Oni također pomažu smanjiti oko 40 posto hrane za kućanstvo koju Amerikanci bacaju svake godine.

Ovdje je fokus na prenamjeni glavnih sastojaka, poput primarnih proteina ili ostataka povrća, u potpuno novo jelo koje će biti uzbudljivo, ali zdravo. Vole li vaša djeca pizzu? Tjestenina? Tacos? Evo nekoliko načina kako ih stvoriti naizgled iz zraka.

Da je sinoćnja večera bila…

Začinjeno meso:

Napravite vlastiti taco bar. Ako je sinoćnja večera bila bilo kakvo začinjeno meso, poput pilećih prsa, odrezaka ili svinjetine, imate svoju bazu za svima omiljenu ručnu hranu. Meso jednostavno narežite ili nasjeckajte na duge trake i stavite u posudu. Add two flour or corn tortillas to the lunch bag, then fill a multi-compartment container with any combination of shredded cheese, pepper strips (or leftover veggies), avocado, salsa, and sour cream. Let your kids assemble it at school and voila, you’ve got instant tacos.

Transform it into a fajita bowl. Did that chicken/steak/pork dish also come with a side of rice? Mix it all together! Again, chop or shred the meat, add it to a bowl with the rice and toppings listed above, and toss. It’s less messy to eat and uses fewer containers, but tastes just as good.

Bentgo Kids Brights Leak-Proof, 5-Compartment Bento-Style Lunchbox, $24.99 from Amazon

Ground Beef, Turkey, or Hamburger Patties:

Create the ultimate patty melt. Yes, tacos would work here too. And so would a leftover burger after all, what kid doesn’t like a burger? But for the sake of less complaining about leftovers, a good patty melt is a great recycled product. All you need is rye bread, swiss cheese, and a little sauce and you’re good to go. (Find our recipe below.)

Assemble sloppy Joes. This meal also gets rid of any leftover hamburger buns from dinner. Simply chop up the beef and mix with some brown sugar, green bell pepper, garlic, and either ketchup or yellow mustard, and you have a completely different sandwich. And it helps get some veggies into their diet that they won’t throw in the lunchroom trash!

Roasted or Rotisserie Chicken:

Make soup. Ah, the reliable rotisserie chicken. A complete meal that requires nothing more than a stop at the grocery store or just an hour in the oven. Inevitably you’ll have both leftover meat and an enormous carcass. Don’t throw either of those out! Add the carcass to a giant pot with water, chunks of celery, carrot, onion, and a bay leaf. Add salt, pepper, and oregano. Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer, cover, and cook for at least 12 hours, adjusting the water level as necessary. Once it’s ready, strain into a container with a fine-mesh sieve. You’ll end up with a rich, hearty stock that’s perfect for so many dishes: Add some chicken and noodles to make instant soup, or use it to cook rice or quinoa instead of water. Granted, this may not be ready until the kids are about to run out the door the next day, but it’ll last in the fridge for about four days and in the freezer for much longer.

Make chicken salad. Like Ina Garten taught us the best chicken salad comes from a rotisserie chicken. Jazz it up however you like with a curry, if your kids are adventurous, or perhaps some Kewpie mayo for a little extra tang. From there you’ve got fabulous lunch sandwiches. Chicken salad should keep at least a few days in the fridge if sealed properly.

Lots of Vegetables and No or Very Little Meat:

Toss a pasta primavera. Do you live in a vegetarian household, or have kids who will happily eat all the protein and barely touch the veggies? Disguise the leftovers into a delicious pasta. Just chop the vegetables into bite size pieces and toss with cooked penne. Top with a little olive oil and seasonings or your favorite canned pasta sauce. Voila! You’ll give them the carb boost they need for afternoon sports (or running around the backyard as the case may be). As a bonus, cold pastas are just as delicious as hot ones, perfect for young children who don’t have access to a microwave at school.

Cook a cauliflower crust . Cauliflower is all the rage these days, but that doesn’t mean that kids will suddenly enjoy it after a millennium of feeding it to the dog under the table. Luckily, the current cauliflower craze has led to a number of inventive ways to use it. Mash or puree your leftover florets or cauliflower rice, press it into a pan, and bake. Guess what? Now you have a delicious cauliflower pizza crust and your kids will be none the wiser. Cover with sauce, cheese, and their favorite pizza toppings. You’ll be their hero.

Leftover Bread, Rolls, and the Like:

Pizza Pizza! I dare you to find a kid who will say no to pizza for lunch. Have leftover hamburger buns? French bread? Tortillas from tacos? They make great mini-pizzas. Again, just top with sauce and shredded cheese along with their favorite meats or veggies. Najbolje. Parent. Ikad.


How to Transform Dinner Leftovers into Snazzy School Lunch Kids Will Love

It’s back to school time! For many parents, this time of year brings a sigh of relief, as the kids head back to the classroom and get out from underfoot 24/7. Things aren’t so simple this year, of course if they su going back, you’re probably more worried than usual, and if they’re safely distance learning at home, you have extra hassles to deal with, from constant demands for snacks to shifting Zoom schedules and last-minute technical difficulties. In any case, there are still all the usual issues too, from fighting over homework to finding enough time in the day to make a lunch.

Take a Trip Get Inspired by These School Lunches Around the World While some kids enjoy the same old sandwich day after day, others are dismayed by what they find in their lunchbox. How do you keep things interesting without adding hours to your day? Luckily, I’ve got your hacks to help with that second problem and last nights dinner leftovers are comin’ in hot with a big assist.

Before you pooh-pooh the idea — “My kids hate leftovers for dinner, they won’t eat them at school!” — consider that these aren’t mere recyclings of last night’s dinner menu. Instead, they’re creative repurposing of that dinner into something totally new with just minimal effort. They also help cut down on the estimated 40 percent of household food that Americans throw away every year.

The focus here is on repurposing main ingredients, like a primary protein or leftover vegetables, into a brand new dish that will be exciting yet healthy. Do your kids love pizza? Pasta? Tacos? Here are some ways to create them seemingly out of thin air.

If last night’s dinner was…

Seasoned Meat:

Make your own taco bar. If last night’s dinner was any sort of seasoned meat, such as chicken breast, steak, or pork, you’ve got your base for everyone’s favorite hand-held food. Simply shred or chop the meat into long strips and put it into a container. Add two flour or corn tortillas to the lunch bag, then fill a multi-compartment container with any combination of shredded cheese, pepper strips (or leftover veggies), avocado, salsa, and sour cream. Let your kids assemble it at school and voila, you’ve got instant tacos.

Transform it into a fajita bowl. Did that chicken/steak/pork dish also come with a side of rice? Mix it all together! Again, chop or shred the meat, add it to a bowl with the rice and toppings listed above, and toss. It’s less messy to eat and uses fewer containers, but tastes just as good.

Bentgo Kids Brights Leak-Proof, 5-Compartment Bento-Style Lunchbox, $24.99 from Amazon

Ground Beef, Turkey, or Hamburger Patties:

Create the ultimate patty melt. Yes, tacos would work here too. And so would a leftover burger after all, what kid doesn’t like a burger? But for the sake of less complaining about leftovers, a good patty melt is a great recycled product. All you need is rye bread, swiss cheese, and a little sauce and you’re good to go. (Find our recipe below.)

Assemble sloppy Joes. This meal also gets rid of any leftover hamburger buns from dinner. Simply chop up the beef and mix with some brown sugar, green bell pepper, garlic, and either ketchup or yellow mustard, and you have a completely different sandwich. And it helps get some veggies into their diet that they won’t throw in the lunchroom trash!

Roasted or Rotisserie Chicken:

Make soup. Ah, the reliable rotisserie chicken. A complete meal that requires nothing more than a stop at the grocery store or just an hour in the oven. Inevitably you’ll have both leftover meat and an enormous carcass. Don’t throw either of those out! Add the carcass to a giant pot with water, chunks of celery, carrot, onion, and a bay leaf. Add salt, pepper, and oregano. Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer, cover, and cook for at least 12 hours, adjusting the water level as necessary. Once it’s ready, strain into a container with a fine-mesh sieve. You’ll end up with a rich, hearty stock that’s perfect for so many dishes: Add some chicken and noodles to make instant soup, or use it to cook rice or quinoa instead of water. Granted, this may not be ready until the kids are about to run out the door the next day, but it’ll last in the fridge for about four days and in the freezer for much longer.

Make chicken salad. Like Ina Garten taught us the best chicken salad comes from a rotisserie chicken. Jazz it up however you like with a curry, if your kids are adventurous, or perhaps some Kewpie mayo for a little extra tang. From there you’ve got fabulous lunch sandwiches. Chicken salad should keep at least a few days in the fridge if sealed properly.

Lots of Vegetables and No or Very Little Meat:

Toss a pasta primavera. Do you live in a vegetarian household, or have kids who will happily eat all the protein and barely touch the veggies? Disguise the leftovers into a delicious pasta. Just chop the vegetables into bite size pieces and toss with cooked penne. Top with a little olive oil and seasonings or your favorite canned pasta sauce. Voila! You’ll give them the carb boost they need for afternoon sports (or running around the backyard as the case may be). As a bonus, cold pastas are just as delicious as hot ones, perfect for young children who don’t have access to a microwave at school.

Cook a cauliflower crust . Cauliflower is all the rage these days, but that doesn’t mean that kids will suddenly enjoy it after a millennium of feeding it to the dog under the table. Luckily, the current cauliflower craze has led to a number of inventive ways to use it. Mash or puree your leftover florets or cauliflower rice, press it into a pan, and bake. Guess what? Now you have a delicious cauliflower pizza crust and your kids will be none the wiser. Cover with sauce, cheese, and their favorite pizza toppings. You’ll be their hero.

Leftover Bread, Rolls, and the Like:

Pizza Pizza! I dare you to find a kid who will say no to pizza for lunch. Have leftover hamburger buns? French bread? Tortillas from tacos? They make great mini-pizzas. Again, just top with sauce and shredded cheese along with their favorite meats or veggies. Najbolje. Parent. Ikad.


How to Transform Dinner Leftovers into Snazzy School Lunch Kids Will Love

It’s back to school time! For many parents, this time of year brings a sigh of relief, as the kids head back to the classroom and get out from underfoot 24/7. Things aren’t so simple this year, of course if they su going back, you’re probably more worried than usual, and if they’re safely distance learning at home, you have extra hassles to deal with, from constant demands for snacks to shifting Zoom schedules and last-minute technical difficulties. In any case, there are still all the usual issues too, from fighting over homework to finding enough time in the day to make a lunch.

Take a Trip Get Inspired by These School Lunches Around the World While some kids enjoy the same old sandwich day after day, others are dismayed by what they find in their lunchbox. How do you keep things interesting without adding hours to your day? Luckily, I’ve got your hacks to help with that second problem and last nights dinner leftovers are comin’ in hot with a big assist.

Before you pooh-pooh the idea — “My kids hate leftovers for dinner, they won’t eat them at school!” — consider that these aren’t mere recyclings of last night’s dinner menu. Instead, they’re creative repurposing of that dinner into something totally new with just minimal effort. They also help cut down on the estimated 40 percent of household food that Americans throw away every year.

The focus here is on repurposing main ingredients, like a primary protein or leftover vegetables, into a brand new dish that will be exciting yet healthy. Do your kids love pizza? Pasta? Tacos? Here are some ways to create them seemingly out of thin air.

If last night’s dinner was…

Seasoned Meat:

Make your own taco bar. If last night’s dinner was any sort of seasoned meat, such as chicken breast, steak, or pork, you’ve got your base for everyone’s favorite hand-held food. Simply shred or chop the meat into long strips and put it into a container. Add two flour or corn tortillas to the lunch bag, then fill a multi-compartment container with any combination of shredded cheese, pepper strips (or leftover veggies), avocado, salsa, and sour cream. Let your kids assemble it at school and voila, you’ve got instant tacos.

Transform it into a fajita bowl. Did that chicken/steak/pork dish also come with a side of rice? Mix it all together! Again, chop or shred the meat, add it to a bowl with the rice and toppings listed above, and toss. It’s less messy to eat and uses fewer containers, but tastes just as good.

Bentgo Kids Brights Leak-Proof, 5-Compartment Bento-Style Lunchbox, $24.99 from Amazon

Ground Beef, Turkey, or Hamburger Patties:

Create the ultimate patty melt. Yes, tacos would work here too. And so would a leftover burger after all, what kid doesn’t like a burger? But for the sake of less complaining about leftovers, a good patty melt is a great recycled product. All you need is rye bread, swiss cheese, and a little sauce and you’re good to go. (Find our recipe below.)

Assemble sloppy Joes. This meal also gets rid of any leftover hamburger buns from dinner. Simply chop up the beef and mix with some brown sugar, green bell pepper, garlic, and either ketchup or yellow mustard, and you have a completely different sandwich. And it helps get some veggies into their diet that they won’t throw in the lunchroom trash!

Roasted or Rotisserie Chicken:

Make soup. Ah, the reliable rotisserie chicken. A complete meal that requires nothing more than a stop at the grocery store or just an hour in the oven. Inevitably you’ll have both leftover meat and an enormous carcass. Don’t throw either of those out! Add the carcass to a giant pot with water, chunks of celery, carrot, onion, and a bay leaf. Add salt, pepper, and oregano. Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer, cover, and cook for at least 12 hours, adjusting the water level as necessary. Once it’s ready, strain into a container with a fine-mesh sieve. You’ll end up with a rich, hearty stock that’s perfect for so many dishes: Add some chicken and noodles to make instant soup, or use it to cook rice or quinoa instead of water. Granted, this may not be ready until the kids are about to run out the door the next day, but it’ll last in the fridge for about four days and in the freezer for much longer.

Make chicken salad. Like Ina Garten taught us the best chicken salad comes from a rotisserie chicken. Jazz it up however you like with a curry, if your kids are adventurous, or perhaps some Kewpie mayo for a little extra tang. From there you’ve got fabulous lunch sandwiches. Chicken salad should keep at least a few days in the fridge if sealed properly.

Lots of Vegetables and No or Very Little Meat:

Toss a pasta primavera. Do you live in a vegetarian household, or have kids who will happily eat all the protein and barely touch the veggies? Disguise the leftovers into a delicious pasta. Just chop the vegetables into bite size pieces and toss with cooked penne. Top with a little olive oil and seasonings or your favorite canned pasta sauce. Voila! You’ll give them the carb boost they need for afternoon sports (or running around the backyard as the case may be). As a bonus, cold pastas are just as delicious as hot ones, perfect for young children who don’t have access to a microwave at school.

Cook a cauliflower crust . Cauliflower is all the rage these days, but that doesn’t mean that kids will suddenly enjoy it after a millennium of feeding it to the dog under the table. Luckily, the current cauliflower craze has led to a number of inventive ways to use it. Mash or puree your leftover florets or cauliflower rice, press it into a pan, and bake. Guess what? Now you have a delicious cauliflower pizza crust and your kids will be none the wiser. Cover with sauce, cheese, and their favorite pizza toppings. You’ll be their hero.

Leftover Bread, Rolls, and the Like:

Pizza Pizza! I dare you to find a kid who will say no to pizza for lunch. Have leftover hamburger buns? French bread? Tortillas from tacos? They make great mini-pizzas. Again, just top with sauce and shredded cheese along with their favorite meats or veggies. Najbolje. Parent. Ikad.


How to Transform Dinner Leftovers into Snazzy School Lunch Kids Will Love

It’s back to school time! For many parents, this time of year brings a sigh of relief, as the kids head back to the classroom and get out from underfoot 24/7. Things aren’t so simple this year, of course if they su going back, you’re probably more worried than usual, and if they’re safely distance learning at home, you have extra hassles to deal with, from constant demands for snacks to shifting Zoom schedules and last-minute technical difficulties. In any case, there are still all the usual issues too, from fighting over homework to finding enough time in the day to make a lunch.

Take a Trip Get Inspired by These School Lunches Around the World While some kids enjoy the same old sandwich day after day, others are dismayed by what they find in their lunchbox. How do you keep things interesting without adding hours to your day? Luckily, I’ve got your hacks to help with that second problem and last nights dinner leftovers are comin’ in hot with a big assist.

Before you pooh-pooh the idea — “My kids hate leftovers for dinner, they won’t eat them at school!” — consider that these aren’t mere recyclings of last night’s dinner menu. Instead, they’re creative repurposing of that dinner into something totally new with just minimal effort. They also help cut down on the estimated 40 percent of household food that Americans throw away every year.

The focus here is on repurposing main ingredients, like a primary protein or leftover vegetables, into a brand new dish that will be exciting yet healthy. Do your kids love pizza? Pasta? Tacos? Here are some ways to create them seemingly out of thin air.

If last night’s dinner was…

Seasoned Meat:

Make your own taco bar. If last night’s dinner was any sort of seasoned meat, such as chicken breast, steak, or pork, you’ve got your base for everyone’s favorite hand-held food. Simply shred or chop the meat into long strips and put it into a container. Add two flour or corn tortillas to the lunch bag, then fill a multi-compartment container with any combination of shredded cheese, pepper strips (or leftover veggies), avocado, salsa, and sour cream. Let your kids assemble it at school and voila, you’ve got instant tacos.

Transform it into a fajita bowl. Did that chicken/steak/pork dish also come with a side of rice? Mix it all together! Again, chop or shred the meat, add it to a bowl with the rice and toppings listed above, and toss. It’s less messy to eat and uses fewer containers, but tastes just as good.

Bentgo Kids Brights Leak-Proof, 5-Compartment Bento-Style Lunchbox, $24.99 from Amazon

Ground Beef, Turkey, or Hamburger Patties:

Create the ultimate patty melt. Yes, tacos would work here too. And so would a leftover burger after all, what kid doesn’t like a burger? But for the sake of less complaining about leftovers, a good patty melt is a great recycled product. All you need is rye bread, swiss cheese, and a little sauce and you’re good to go. (Find our recipe below.)

Assemble sloppy Joes. This meal also gets rid of any leftover hamburger buns from dinner. Simply chop up the beef and mix with some brown sugar, green bell pepper, garlic, and either ketchup or yellow mustard, and you have a completely different sandwich. And it helps get some veggies into their diet that they won’t throw in the lunchroom trash!

Roasted or Rotisserie Chicken:

Make soup. Ah, the reliable rotisserie chicken. A complete meal that requires nothing more than a stop at the grocery store or just an hour in the oven. Inevitably you’ll have both leftover meat and an enormous carcass. Don’t throw either of those out! Add the carcass to a giant pot with water, chunks of celery, carrot, onion, and a bay leaf. Add salt, pepper, and oregano. Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer, cover, and cook for at least 12 hours, adjusting the water level as necessary. Once it’s ready, strain into a container with a fine-mesh sieve. You’ll end up with a rich, hearty stock that’s perfect for so many dishes: Add some chicken and noodles to make instant soup, or use it to cook rice or quinoa instead of water. Granted, this may not be ready until the kids are about to run out the door the next day, but it’ll last in the fridge for about four days and in the freezer for much longer.

Make chicken salad. Like Ina Garten taught us the best chicken salad comes from a rotisserie chicken. Jazz it up however you like with a curry, if your kids are adventurous, or perhaps some Kewpie mayo for a little extra tang. From there you’ve got fabulous lunch sandwiches. Chicken salad should keep at least a few days in the fridge if sealed properly.

Lots of Vegetables and No or Very Little Meat:

Toss a pasta primavera. Do you live in a vegetarian household, or have kids who will happily eat all the protein and barely touch the veggies? Disguise the leftovers into a delicious pasta. Just chop the vegetables into bite size pieces and toss with cooked penne. Top with a little olive oil and seasonings or your favorite canned pasta sauce. Voila! You’ll give them the carb boost they need for afternoon sports (or running around the backyard as the case may be). As a bonus, cold pastas are just as delicious as hot ones, perfect for young children who don’t have access to a microwave at school.

Cook a cauliflower crust . Cauliflower is all the rage these days, but that doesn’t mean that kids will suddenly enjoy it after a millennium of feeding it to the dog under the table. Luckily, the current cauliflower craze has led to a number of inventive ways to use it. Mash or puree your leftover florets or cauliflower rice, press it into a pan, and bake. Guess what? Now you have a delicious cauliflower pizza crust and your kids will be none the wiser. Cover with sauce, cheese, and their favorite pizza toppings. You’ll be their hero.

Leftover Bread, Rolls, and the Like:

Pizza Pizza! I dare you to find a kid who will say no to pizza for lunch. Have leftover hamburger buns? French bread? Tortillas from tacos? They make great mini-pizzas. Again, just top with sauce and shredded cheese along with their favorite meats or veggies. Najbolje. Parent. Ikad.


How to Transform Dinner Leftovers into Snazzy School Lunch Kids Will Love

It’s back to school time! For many parents, this time of year brings a sigh of relief, as the kids head back to the classroom and get out from underfoot 24/7. Things aren’t so simple this year, of course if they su going back, you’re probably more worried than usual, and if they’re safely distance learning at home, you have extra hassles to deal with, from constant demands for snacks to shifting Zoom schedules and last-minute technical difficulties. In any case, there are still all the usual issues too, from fighting over homework to finding enough time in the day to make a lunch.

Take a Trip Get Inspired by These School Lunches Around the World While some kids enjoy the same old sandwich day after day, others are dismayed by what they find in their lunchbox. How do you keep things interesting without adding hours to your day? Luckily, I’ve got your hacks to help with that second problem and last nights dinner leftovers are comin’ in hot with a big assist.

Before you pooh-pooh the idea — “My kids hate leftovers for dinner, they won’t eat them at school!” — consider that these aren’t mere recyclings of last night’s dinner menu. Instead, they’re creative repurposing of that dinner into something totally new with just minimal effort. They also help cut down on the estimated 40 percent of household food that Americans throw away every year.

The focus here is on repurposing main ingredients, like a primary protein or leftover vegetables, into a brand new dish that will be exciting yet healthy. Do your kids love pizza? Pasta? Tacos? Here are some ways to create them seemingly out of thin air.

If last night’s dinner was…

Seasoned Meat:

Make your own taco bar. If last night’s dinner was any sort of seasoned meat, such as chicken breast, steak, or pork, you’ve got your base for everyone’s favorite hand-held food. Simply shred or chop the meat into long strips and put it into a container. Add two flour or corn tortillas to the lunch bag, then fill a multi-compartment container with any combination of shredded cheese, pepper strips (or leftover veggies), avocado, salsa, and sour cream. Let your kids assemble it at school and voila, you’ve got instant tacos.

Transform it into a fajita bowl. Did that chicken/steak/pork dish also come with a side of rice? Mix it all together! Again, chop or shred the meat, add it to a bowl with the rice and toppings listed above, and toss. It’s less messy to eat and uses fewer containers, but tastes just as good.

Bentgo Kids Brights Leak-Proof, 5-Compartment Bento-Style Lunchbox, $24.99 from Amazon

Ground Beef, Turkey, or Hamburger Patties:

Create the ultimate patty melt. Yes, tacos would work here too. And so would a leftover burger after all, what kid doesn’t like a burger? But for the sake of less complaining about leftovers, a good patty melt is a great recycled product. All you need is rye bread, swiss cheese, and a little sauce and you’re good to go. (Find our recipe below.)

Assemble sloppy Joes. This meal also gets rid of any leftover hamburger buns from dinner. Simply chop up the beef and mix with some brown sugar, green bell pepper, garlic, and either ketchup or yellow mustard, and you have a completely different sandwich. And it helps get some veggies into their diet that they won’t throw in the lunchroom trash!

Roasted or Rotisserie Chicken:

Make soup. Ah, the reliable rotisserie chicken. A complete meal that requires nothing more than a stop at the grocery store or just an hour in the oven. Inevitably you’ll have both leftover meat and an enormous carcass. Don’t throw either of those out! Add the carcass to a giant pot with water, chunks of celery, carrot, onion, and a bay leaf. Add salt, pepper, and oregano. Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer, cover, and cook for at least 12 hours, adjusting the water level as necessary. Once it’s ready, strain into a container with a fine-mesh sieve. You’ll end up with a rich, hearty stock that’s perfect for so many dishes: Add some chicken and noodles to make instant soup, or use it to cook rice or quinoa instead of water. Granted, this may not be ready until the kids are about to run out the door the next day, but it’ll last in the fridge for about four days and in the freezer for much longer.

Make chicken salad. Like Ina Garten taught us the best chicken salad comes from a rotisserie chicken. Jazz it up however you like with a curry, if your kids are adventurous, or perhaps some Kewpie mayo for a little extra tang. From there you’ve got fabulous lunch sandwiches. Chicken salad should keep at least a few days in the fridge if sealed properly.

Lots of Vegetables and No or Very Little Meat:

Toss a pasta primavera. Do you live in a vegetarian household, or have kids who will happily eat all the protein and barely touch the veggies? Disguise the leftovers into a delicious pasta. Just chop the vegetables into bite size pieces and toss with cooked penne. Top with a little olive oil and seasonings or your favorite canned pasta sauce. Voila! You’ll give them the carb boost they need for afternoon sports (or running around the backyard as the case may be). As a bonus, cold pastas are just as delicious as hot ones, perfect for young children who don’t have access to a microwave at school.

Cook a cauliflower crust . Cauliflower is all the rage these days, but that doesn’t mean that kids will suddenly enjoy it after a millennium of feeding it to the dog under the table. Luckily, the current cauliflower craze has led to a number of inventive ways to use it. Mash or puree your leftover florets or cauliflower rice, press it into a pan, and bake. Guess what? Now you have a delicious cauliflower pizza crust and your kids will be none the wiser. Cover with sauce, cheese, and their favorite pizza toppings. You’ll be their hero.

Leftover Bread, Rolls, and the Like:

Pizza Pizza! I dare you to find a kid who will say no to pizza for lunch. Have leftover hamburger buns? French bread? Tortillas from tacos? They make great mini-pizzas. Again, just top with sauce and shredded cheese along with their favorite meats or veggies. Najbolje. Parent. Ikad.


How to Transform Dinner Leftovers into Snazzy School Lunch Kids Will Love

It’s back to school time! For many parents, this time of year brings a sigh of relief, as the kids head back to the classroom and get out from underfoot 24/7. Things aren’t so simple this year, of course if they su going back, you’re probably more worried than usual, and if they’re safely distance learning at home, you have extra hassles to deal with, from constant demands for snacks to shifting Zoom schedules and last-minute technical difficulties. In any case, there are still all the usual issues too, from fighting over homework to finding enough time in the day to make a lunch.

Take a Trip Get Inspired by These School Lunches Around the World While some kids enjoy the same old sandwich day after day, others are dismayed by what they find in their lunchbox. How do you keep things interesting without adding hours to your day? Luckily, I’ve got your hacks to help with that second problem and last nights dinner leftovers are comin’ in hot with a big assist.

Before you pooh-pooh the idea — “My kids hate leftovers for dinner, they won’t eat them at school!” — consider that these aren’t mere recyclings of last night’s dinner menu. Instead, they’re creative repurposing of that dinner into something totally new with just minimal effort. They also help cut down on the estimated 40 percent of household food that Americans throw away every year.

The focus here is on repurposing main ingredients, like a primary protein or leftover vegetables, into a brand new dish that will be exciting yet healthy. Do your kids love pizza? Pasta? Tacos? Here are some ways to create them seemingly out of thin air.

If last night’s dinner was…

Seasoned Meat:

Make your own taco bar. If last night’s dinner was any sort of seasoned meat, such as chicken breast, steak, or pork, you’ve got your base for everyone’s favorite hand-held food. Simply shred or chop the meat into long strips and put it into a container. Add two flour or corn tortillas to the lunch bag, then fill a multi-compartment container with any combination of shredded cheese, pepper strips (or leftover veggies), avocado, salsa, and sour cream. Let your kids assemble it at school and voila, you’ve got instant tacos.

Transform it into a fajita bowl. Did that chicken/steak/pork dish also come with a side of rice? Mix it all together! Again, chop or shred the meat, add it to a bowl with the rice and toppings listed above, and toss. It’s less messy to eat and uses fewer containers, but tastes just as good.

Bentgo Kids Brights Leak-Proof, 5-Compartment Bento-Style Lunchbox, $24.99 from Amazon

Ground Beef, Turkey, or Hamburger Patties:

Create the ultimate patty melt. Yes, tacos would work here too. And so would a leftover burger after all, what kid doesn’t like a burger? But for the sake of less complaining about leftovers, a good patty melt is a great recycled product. All you need is rye bread, swiss cheese, and a little sauce and you’re good to go. (Find our recipe below.)

Assemble sloppy Joes. This meal also gets rid of any leftover hamburger buns from dinner. Simply chop up the beef and mix with some brown sugar, green bell pepper, garlic, and either ketchup or yellow mustard, and you have a completely different sandwich. And it helps get some veggies into their diet that they won’t throw in the lunchroom trash!

Roasted or Rotisserie Chicken:

Make soup. Ah, the reliable rotisserie chicken. A complete meal that requires nothing more than a stop at the grocery store or just an hour in the oven. Inevitably you’ll have both leftover meat and an enormous carcass. Don’t throw either of those out! Add the carcass to a giant pot with water, chunks of celery, carrot, onion, and a bay leaf. Add salt, pepper, and oregano. Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer, cover, and cook for at least 12 hours, adjusting the water level as necessary. Once it’s ready, strain into a container with a fine-mesh sieve. You’ll end up with a rich, hearty stock that’s perfect for so many dishes: Add some chicken and noodles to make instant soup, or use it to cook rice or quinoa instead of water. Granted, this may not be ready until the kids are about to run out the door the next day, but it’ll last in the fridge for about four days and in the freezer for much longer.

Make chicken salad. Like Ina Garten taught us the best chicken salad comes from a rotisserie chicken. Jazz it up however you like with a curry, if your kids are adventurous, or perhaps some Kewpie mayo for a little extra tang. From there you’ve got fabulous lunch sandwiches. Chicken salad should keep at least a few days in the fridge if sealed properly.

Lots of Vegetables and No or Very Little Meat:

Toss a pasta primavera. Do you live in a vegetarian household, or have kids who will happily eat all the protein and barely touch the veggies? Disguise the leftovers into a delicious pasta. Just chop the vegetables into bite size pieces and toss with cooked penne. Top with a little olive oil and seasonings or your favorite canned pasta sauce. Voila! You’ll give them the carb boost they need for afternoon sports (or running around the backyard as the case may be). As a bonus, cold pastas are just as delicious as hot ones, perfect for young children who don’t have access to a microwave at school.

Cook a cauliflower crust . Cauliflower is all the rage these days, but that doesn’t mean that kids will suddenly enjoy it after a millennium of feeding it to the dog under the table. Luckily, the current cauliflower craze has led to a number of inventive ways to use it. Mash or puree your leftover florets or cauliflower rice, press it into a pan, and bake. Guess what? Now you have a delicious cauliflower pizza crust and your kids will be none the wiser. Cover with sauce, cheese, and their favorite pizza toppings. You’ll be their hero.

Leftover Bread, Rolls, and the Like:

Pizza Pizza! I dare you to find a kid who will say no to pizza for lunch. Have leftover hamburger buns? French bread? Tortillas from tacos? They make great mini-pizzas. Again, just top with sauce and shredded cheese along with their favorite meats or veggies. Najbolje. Parent. Ikad.


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