Lessons in Leftovers

by Holly on November 15, 2010

in dinner,lunch,rambling,silliness

I am firm believer in learning from my past mistakes. As a product of the 90’s, I’ve discovered many of my lessons were learned before the coming of Y2K.

For example, I will never ever forego hair product like I did from birth to 6th grade. It does nobody any good except Mark, the slightly smelly kid from my 6th grade English class who nicknamed me “Cloudhead.” Even if he couldn’t see the correct spelling for “enormous” on the whiteboard as a result of my voraciously fluffy mane, he could have politely asked me to tilt my head to the side or something.

This past Saturday, I attended a 90’s-themed birthday bash and was reminded why I will never ever wear cuffed jeans, crochet sweaters and large cloth headbands again. While Jessie Spano pulled them off with sophisticated panache clutching a bottle of caffeine pills, they do nothing to flatter this lady’s figure.

Non-existent chest? Check.

Emphasis on the thighs? Check.

The return of “Cloudhead?” Check and check.

Not even a round of the Macarena could have saved me and my faux pair of Keds from the extra hours of therapy I will need to endure upon remembering the “Cloudhead” episode.

M.T.…you’ve been warned.

Today, I was reminded of another important lesson instilled in me many years ago by Mama Everythingtarian: I will always try my best to use, utilize and eat up leftovers.

When I was a wee lil’ Everythingtarian, I HATED leftovers (I take after Daddy E in that sense).

Twenty-something years later standing in my kitchen debating what to pack for lunch this morning, I realized I’ve come to rely on leftovers as a cost-saving, environmentally-friendly and delicious part of my foodie life. To think I would have ever scoffed at the remnants of a homemade version of┬áThe Sandwich That Changed My Life is crazy. Pure crazy.

Because when you layer leftover maple balsamic pears, crumbled goat cheese and roasted butternut squash over crisp baby spinach in your handy salad shaker

…delicious things can happen.

Or, you can just enjoy your leftovers for dinner the exact same way you ate them the day before, only this time alongside a big bowl of everything-but-the-kitchen-sink veggie soup.

However you enjoy your leftovers, I promise I’ll keep my “Cloudhead” out of it.

Unless you’re wearing cuffed jeans.

Then, I’m definitely blocking your whiteboard.

{ 26 comments }

Amanda (Eating Up) November 15, 2010 at 11:12 pm

I hate leftovers too! I need to embrace them more. Right now I have some black beans I need to figure out what to do with. Cans should really be sold in smaller portions…although that would probably not be environmentally friendly. Guf.

janetha November 15, 2010 at 11:20 pm

YO. You hated leftovers? You craaaazy, girl. There is one thing we don’t have in common, I guess. Well, and I don’t have a ridiculous curly mane. And my name doesn’t rhyme with shitleff.

Photos are uploaded! Don’t be cruel!

Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) November 16, 2010 at 12:43 am

I’m not abig fan of leftovers-something about them creeps me out ahah… but I really should go for it- its not good to waste!

Erica November 16, 2010 at 12:57 am

oh my gosh- the outfits are AMAZING. Everyone went all out- gotta love that. I’m a total leftover queen. I actually usually try to make more than enough so Josh /me/both of us have leftovers for the next day.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) November 16, 2010 at 1:28 am

I love the dancing pic of you! And that you’re rocking your inner macarena! :)

Leftovers..oh I purposely make 2-3x the amt I need of anything that’s not raw/fresh because leftovers for lunch or dinner the next day are KEY!

Madeline - Greens and Jeans November 16, 2010 at 5:27 am

That outfit is SLAMMIN. It makes me wish I still had my acid wash high waist jean skirt that I was convinced made me look exactly like Kelly Kapowski.

Lauren November 16, 2010 at 6:00 am

I ALWAYS eat my leftovers in the salad form. It truly makes the best salad.

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 16, 2010 at 6:01 am

I purposefully make too much food so I will have leftovers! It makes my life so much easier – I used to hate leftovers too though. Now, I have embraced them.

your auntie November 16, 2010 at 6:46 am

I always loved your cloudhead!

susan November 16, 2010 at 6:47 am

I remember the days when I took the macarena very seriously. Very. Seriously.

Good lord!

Amy B @ Second City Randomness November 16, 2010 at 6:54 am

Do I spy the bee from the blind melon video in that picture? I love it! That party looked like it was so much fun!!!

elise November 16, 2010 at 7:57 am

cloud head you can come snuggle with me any time…i love that soft pillow of curls :)
but yeah, the 90s fashion is over for a reason.

technically 75% of my meals are leftovers since i make errrrthang in bulk before the week starts.

oh and one more thing. dont come visit in may because im gong to espana for most of it. mkay? cool.

Katie November 16, 2010 at 7:59 am

Ahh! These picture are insanely good. I love them all! And I am the biggest leftover fan – in fact, I get angry when I DON’T have leftovers to pack for my lunch the next day.

Teri [a foodie stays fit] November 16, 2010 at 8:51 am

I want to hang out with you at a 90s party. hahaha!

I LOVE leftovers. I, like Katie, also get angry when I don’t have leftovers.

Maple Balsamic Pears?? UM…HELLO! delicous. recipe?? I didn’t see it on your recipes page. yes, I’m a supa stalker and already looked.

Teri [a foodie stays fit] November 16, 2010 at 8:52 am

oh um, the recipe would be on YESTERDAY’s post. #1) i have a short memory. #2 I used your search tool but for some reason “maple balsamic bears” doesn’t yield any results.

Kacy November 16, 2010 at 9:55 am

Haha, you are 100% rocking the Jessie Spano look. Furreal.
I heart leftovers, they save my life on the regular.

Katie November 16, 2010 at 9:56 am

I think the skinny jeans trend is reminiscent of the the cuffed jeans, which is why I avoided them forever. But, if you wear boots (and not keds) it seems to tilt the scales in your favor.

Also, the macarena might be the best dance ever.

Oh, right, leftovers. I used to hate them too, but now I am all over them. Mostly because I get lazy around lunchtime, and grabbing some frozen soup is easy and tasty.

Megan (Braise the Roof) November 16, 2010 at 10:08 am

I love love love leftovers. Sometimes I even like them more than the original meal. And I also LOVE 90’s parties. I’ve been talking about hosting one for months. I need to get my butt in gear! And Cloudhead is, of course, invited.

kathleen November 16, 2010 at 11:03 am

I like leftovers but sometimes it’s just really hard to eat the same meal over and over (if it happens to be a dish that you can’t turn into something else) but then there’s always the freezer!

I love the pose in the first picture. Awesome leg!

Damaris @Kitchen Corners November 16, 2010 at 11:49 am

Left overs are my husband’s best friend. You two would totally get along.

I think your cloud head is lovely. Long live curly hair.

emily (a nutritionist eats) November 16, 2010 at 12:47 pm

I really am trying harder to enjoy leftovers. For some reason I just don’t. :(

Christine (The Raw Project) November 16, 2010 at 5:48 pm

Cute pics, especially the dancing pic! I’m a fan of remixing leftovers and count on them for fast, cheap lunches a lot.

julie November 16, 2010 at 7:20 pm

mama everythingtarian is a smart woman. mama golean is a big fan of leftovers too. she just loves them because it means she doesn’t have to cook and the clean up is minimal which increases our time spent in front of bravo.

i’d like you to make me a bowl of everything but the kitchen sink soup please

Jessica November 16, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Bah I still need to try that sandwich!! I could use a life changing sandwich these days.

Diana @ frontyardfoodie November 16, 2010 at 10:37 pm

haha love the headband. Nothing like a 90’s party to remind you what you don’t want to dress like anymore.

Angela (the diet book junkie) November 17, 2010 at 6:08 pm

dude, i loved the 90’s! they just don’t make music like they used to (minus the Macerena, of course. :))

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