Transforming Leftovers – Waste Not Want Not

brussels sprouts were past their prime but still made a god supper

brussels sprouts were past their prime but still made a god supper

Sometimes we’ve got the best intentions, and it just doesn’t work out. Now that our house is insulated for the most part, the kitchen stays too warm to keep things like apples and veggies fresh. We’ve taken to measures like keeping carrots on the back stoop, apples in the back of the truck, and brussels sprouts in a closet on the north side of the house.

they don't look good now, but they'll taste good later

they don't look good now, but they'll taste good later

The only trouble is sometimes we forget about all that good food until it’s too late. Tonight I caught some brussels sprouts just in time. They didn’t look great and I’m sure they’re not at their peak of nutritional value, but they could be salvaged.

Our fridge was bursting full with leftovers from Christmas dinner, but with leftovers, it’s important to eat up what’s on its way out first. So I grabbed the end of last week’s roast beef. It was really mostly drippings and fat, actually, and looked decidedly unappetizing.

brussels sprouts transformed

brussels sprouts transformed

So I peeled the most wilted leaves off the sprouts, sliced them in half, and tossed them in the pan with the beef drippings. Turns out I got a lovely supper after all.

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2 comments to Transforming Leftovers – Waste Not Want Not

  • This is good and my dad and I have been trying to really be careful where we store food. More importantly, we’re trying not to let the good food go to waste 🙂 🙂 Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather 🙂

  • Sue

    Thanks for the post! I am inspired now to trim my Brussels sprouts (that are still fancily on their stalk, but have seen better days) and cook them with some drippings from our roast tonight. Thanks to you testing it out first, I know they will be very good.

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