Tired of cooking every night? Then turn to leftovers! By using leftovers for dinner, you can not only prevent food waste, but save yourself sometime in the kitchen.
I grew up in a household where leftovers were rarely served for dinner. My Mom cooked for my brother, my Dad, and myself, and then Dad would take the leftovers for lunch the next day. Like mother like daughter, I assumed my husband would do the same when it came to leftovers. So, when Ted and I were first married, I couldn’t understand why leftovers piled up in our fridge day after day. “What was Ted eating for lunch,” I would ask myself. Obviously not the leftovers! Don’t tell him but I wasn’t eating them either. Now, after 7 years I’ve finally worked a system that works to prevent food waste with the leftovers AND limit the amount of time I have to spend planning and cooking meals for my crew: using leftovers for another night of dinner. Eureka, Katie! And that my friends, is how I cooked up TWO leftover dinner ideas with these grilled chicken flatbreads.
There’s something beautiful about making a big batch of grilled chicken [here’s my favorite recipe] and using the chicken throughout the week for leftovers. While I’ve been known to use leftover grilled chicken in a variety of ways, I haven’t gone the flatbread route in quite some time. Pita, pizza, flatbread, whatever you want to call it, if I’m serving protein on bread with cheese, my kids are bound to at least try it. And while this Momma loves chicken Caesar salads, I was in the mood to take one of my favorite salads and turn it into a warm pita option! If you haven’t tried warmed Caesar dressing and parmesan cheese, don’t knock it. It’s SO good!
No real recipe here guys. The pictures tell the story! Or the recipe concept. And if you continue scrolling, you’ll see the 4 reasons why I need leftovers for dinner. These guys keep me busy and out of the kitchen for most of the day!
I’m hoping I can continue these leftovers for dinner ideas posts because not only are they easy to write and share, they are SO easy to execute at home. And who doesn’t need a little more easy at 5pm?!