A few weeks ago we mentioned our Sweet Potato & Quinoa Salad and how this fantastic meal is a great way to keep your family full and healthy. But it is a recipe that is also a gift that keeps on giving. There are several ways to retool this recipe with the leftovers so that you can make sure nothing goes to waste, and to cut down on dinner’s cook time for the day after!
One great way to do this is to take the quinoa salad and spoon however much you prefer on to a flour tortilla. You want to then fold one side over the salad, fold the bottom up and then fold the last side over. This will create a burrito for you. You can eat this chilled from the leftovers being in the refrigerator, but you can also warm it in the microwave for a minute and a half to warm it up. Remove the burrito from the microwave oven and let it cool some before digging in! This can be repeated for as many of your family members as you need.
Another variant on this is to use the tortilla to create your own quesadilla. You spoon your desired amount of the salad onto the tortilla and fold over in half. There are two ways to cook this. You could use a frying pan to lightly brown the tortilla on the outside and warm the contents on the inside. Another way to cook this is to use a Panini press to cook the quesadilla. This is a great option if you are short on time because you can set your tortilla down and let the press do its work while you handle other tasks in the kitchen such as set up for dinner or cleaning some of the dishes.
Finally, simplicity is sometimes best. Reheating the salad and serving it to your family is a great way to reuse the leftovers. You could also bring the leftovers into lunch at work the next day, a great alternative to going out to eat and a healthy alternative to vending machine snacks!
Any way you reuse your leftovers, you will have the added benefit of healthy ingredients and efficient use of your time. Not having to cook dinner the next night because your leftovers can be repurposed in a way that makes your family happy can be super useful during busy weeks.
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