Leftover Lunch: Fourth of July Edition

By Alexandra Fleischman | July 8, 2013

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Everything’s better between two slices of bread, including grilled meat and coleslaw. (Photo: Calgary Reviews)

If you celebrated the fourth of July this past weekend, you probably had a cook-out, and if you had a cook-out, you probably have some leftovers.  And if you have delicious leftovers, you probably don’t want to let them go to waste. If you’re stumped, try out some of these ideas, or get inspired to come up with something new.

Grilled Meat and Vegetables:

  • Sandwiches: This may seem obvious, but using pre-grilled meat and vegetables takes the work out of making a beautiful, work-intensive sandwich.
  • Tacos: Shred your grilled meat, and add it to sautéed peppers and onions. For vegetables, slice into small strips.  Serve with fresh vegetables and whatever fixings you like.
  • Quesadillas: Same as above, but add cheese.
  • Soups, stir-fries, salads, pastas, omelettes, and chilis: Add whatever you’ve got to anything that could use the smoky, complex grilled flavor of what you’ve got on hand.
  • If you’ve got leftover corn, try some of these ideas.

Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns:

  • There are always options when it comes to leftover bread, but consider making bread pudding, croutons, or bread crumbs for future use.
  • I love making grilled cheeses on hamburger buns– invert so that the insides of the bun get crispy.

Fruit chunks:

  • Freeze it, and blend it into smoothies or use in place of ice cubes.
  • Puree to make a chilled, fruity soup.
  • Make sangria! (Not for lunch, perhaps, but why not a cocktail after work?)

What do you like to make with your cook-out leftovers?

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