You have so many options when it comes to using up leftovers, but it can be difficult to find ways to use up multiple leftovers at once. Try making a grain bowl to get rid of a variety of leftovers in one dish.
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According to Leslie Stephens, writing on Food52, these are the elements you need for your grain bowl. This is also the order you should add them to your bowl, starting from the bottom layer.
- A grain: Anything from rice leftover from Chinese takeout to polenta.
- Vegetables: Raw leafy greens or other cooked veggies work here. Leftover roasted vegetables work really well because they go with almost anything. Cover one half to three quarters of the grain layer with your chosen veggies.
- A few proteins: Consider what proteins you have go with the vegetables you've already laid out in the bowl. For a meatless route, try cheese, a poached egg, tofu or tempeh.
- Liquid: The sauce or dressing that you choose to add to your grain bowl is where a majority of the flavour will come from. See what you have in your cabinets and fridge, then mix together something tasty!
- Garnish: If you're feeling fancy, or just want to add that extra umami layer to your dish, finish it off with garnishes. Some options you nay have handy include: toasted nuts, fresh herbs, breadcrumbs, and pickled veggies.
Do a little meal planning and keep your fridge free of lingering leftovers by doing a nightly fridge cleaning. As you go through your fridge, make a list of what needs to be used ASAP and put it on the menu for the next night with this recipe. For more suggestions of delicious grain bowl combinations, check out the full post linked below.