I’m all about being perfectly imperfect lately, and serving my company leftovers is a great example of embracing the imperfect and reaping quite perfect benefits.
About a month ago I had my Mom over for lunch. I love having her as I know her favorite foods and flavors. I know she loves meatloaf and sweet potatoes which we actually had for dinner the night before, I also knew that one of her favorite flavors is coconut, which ended up being the perfect topping for our sweet potatoes!
We had a wonderful lunch together, and although she knew most of the meal was leftovers, she enjoyed it and we had precious time together.
So let’s talk leftovers. At first I felt weird serving my company leftovers, but then I thought about my favorite deli at my local health food store, and realized everything they serve ‘to -go’ would be considered a ‘leftover.’ The have a glass case with a wonderful selection of foods, and I know that all of their foods are fresh, but not all are made exactly that very day.
I know there are some people who really dislike leftovers, but I love them. I love the ease of just reheating food and enjoying a hot meal that was easy to just heat and eat!
Just about everything we ate that day for lunch would be considered a leftover. Even the wine I served was a bottle that was opened the night before, but one that my girlfriend and I did not finish, so I served it with our lunch. Why not?
The meatloaf, beans and sweet potatoes were all made for our dinner the night before. Even the salad was tossed the night before. The cheesy bread was a asiago cheese bagel leftover from breakfast that we split, since there was only one and limiting carbs is always a good thing. A simple sliced apple was a great way to round out our little lunch. Can you tell that my Mom and I don’t mind our food touching? I purposefully used small plates to make the lunch look filled out and hearty.
Nuts were the appetizer and cupcakes that my lil’ one made the night before was dessert. A few little touches like lemon in our water and fun napkins made the table look special.
I don’t know about you, but if leftovers looks and tastes like this lunch did, I’m all for reheating food and offering it to my loved ones.
What about you? Do you use leftovers? Would you or do you use them for entertaining?