I Started with Leftovers and Finished with a Meal

It’s been to hot to really cook and time has had a mind of it’s own lately, so I am glad I had something in the fridge that I could easily use to re-create into something else.  Thankfully, “The Queen of Leftovers” is a frequent visitor at my house.  She never disappoints on the days she pays me a visit.  We had some of my lemony garbanzo bean salad Lemony Garbanzo Bean and Spinach Salad and some steak that both needed to be used, so I added more spinach and tomatoes, then sliced the steak and heated it up and …. VOILA!!!!! A Mediterranean steak salad was born.  I cooked up some orzo and mixed that in with the rest of the salad, then added the steak strips and topped the salad with some left over tortilla strips as well, for a little extra pizzazz.  Southwestern Brisket Salad.  Within minutes, a new tasty salad was created, with very little time in the kitchen, and I got to use up all my leftovers.  I served it with warmed ciabiatta with an olive oil/balsamic vinegar dip, along with a cool, crisp chardonnay, that we enjoyed out on the deck in the cool of the evening.  I just love it when a plan comes together like this.  😋

From this ……



to this.


Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

27 thoughts on “I Started with Leftovers and Finished with a Meal”

    1. Thank you. Using up and recreating leftovers is really how ” A Jeanne in the Kitchen” got started. It was from the advice from one of my best friends. I just thought everyone cooked like this, and it was only until she said she would have never thought of reusing leftovers the way I do and she begged me to teach her and others how to create with leftovers that all of this started.

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  1. After years of cooking for a family of 5 or 6 I have not yet adjusted to cooking for just my hubby and I, so we eat leftovers several times a week. It’s always best when they a turned into something new. Thanks for the ideas. ☺

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  2. “(A) little extra pizzazz” made me laugh. Your personality is shining through.
    The salad sounds and looks great. Although, I prefer to have orzo with spinach, not the other way around.
    Does it cool off substantially in the evenings?

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