You spend all day at work waiting to come home to the leftovers from the restaurant the night before. You're thinking about how those leftovers will bring you warmth, comfort, and immense happiness. Only to find that your pasta is cold, dry and a pile of sad, limp noodles.
Today we are going to talk about resurrecting those sad, limp noodles into something delicious.
Leftover resurrection is all about using what you already have, as the entire point of leftovers is to not have to go out and buy more food.
I had to find a protein to add because I ate all of the shrimp at the restaurant. Luckily, I had a bag of frozen shrimp in the freezer that I was able to use. I then tried to find at least one fresh vegetable, in this case, I found three. Then I needed some kind of liquid to moisten the noodles and some cheese and seasoning for taste.
Side note: I buy bags of frozen shrimp all. the. time. A bag usually costs around $15.00, but it goes a long way. They last a long time in the freezer, they're quick to thaw and you can use them for a lot of different dishes.
Diced Red pepper
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I started with thawing the shrimp by using strainer and running warm water on them and then started cutting the vegetables while I waited for the shrimp. Once the shrimp were thawed, I removed the shells and threw them into the pan on the stove to start cooking. Next was to added the vegetables, let that mixture cook a little bit and then mixed in the leftover pasta.
From there, it was time to get creative.
I'm not a chef by any means, my friends and family can attest to that, but as I have been learning over the years, I have found that I love throwing ingredients together and getting creative. So once the main parts of the dish were on the stove, I started to just add whatever I thought would taste good. So I adding the garlic, cream, and cheese.
After about 10 minutes the pasta was ready and I didn't spend a dime. It was fast, easy, and I had a fresh meal that didn't feel like leftovers at all.
Being an FBl is all about using what you have to get ahead. Even when it comes to figuring out what you're going to eat every day. If you can maximize the money you spend at the grocery store and at restaurants you will have the money to spend on more important things. Like wine.
I hope you enjoyed this edition of leftover resurrection, please let me know your thoughts in the comments below!