Transform Today’s Leftovers into Tomorrow’s Baon!

Turn what's left of today's meal for tomorrow's lunch at the office! By Ines Bautista-Yao

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Let’s face it, you can’t always expect to finish your meal. But the thought of just throwing away all that food can make you sick to your stomach. Make your tummy happy instead by whipping up tomorrow’s baon using last night’s leftovers. Here are some simple yet yummy ideas.

1. Everything Fried Rice

Did you have a beef, chicken, or pork dish the night before? Chop up the leftover meat into strips or cubes and fry them with some leftover rice. All you need is lots of garlic, oil (olive oil is a healthier option), and a sprinkling of salt. If the flavors will be complemented by scrambled eggs, crack an egg open, and mix it up with the cooked rice and meat while they’re frying in the pan. Let the tastes merge together for a few minutes and you’ve got yourself some filling lunch!

2. Chicken Sandwich

Baked, roasted, or fried, leftover chicken is always perfect in a sandwich. Shred the meat and mix with mayonnaise. Season to taste. If you have lettuce in the fridge, tear off a few leaves and insert between your slices of bread. If you have pita bread, you can use that instead of white bread. It will add flavor and texture to your sandwich.

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3. Omelet Surprise

You can wrap just about anything in an omelet. All you need are last night’s leftovers and a few eggs. Have some beef, chicken, or pork as leftovers? Simply cut them into small pieces. Chop up some onions, bell peppers, broccoli, or other veggies you have in your fridge. Sauté your meat and veggies with a little bit of oil then set aside. Next, whisk your eggs. Add some salt and pepper and a dash of milk, then pour it into your pan. When you see the bottom of the eggs cook, pour in your sautéed mixture. Fold the egg over it and you’re good to go!

4. Pizza Fun

You know how pizza restaurants go wild with different flavors? You can do that too with whatever leftovers you’ve got! Your leftover bacon and eggs, corned beef, chicken, sausages—you can put it on a pizza! All you need are pizza crusts which you can get frozen at the supermarket. Thaw one and pour ready-made spaghetti sauce over it. Next, sprinkle mozzarella cheese. Top the pizza with your leftovers, pop in the oven or even the toaster, and you’ve got a yummy snack to bring to the office.

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5. Pasta Toss

If you prefer pasta over rice, you can gather your leftover meat and veggies and chop them up. Boil noodles in a pot according to the package instructions and set aside. Sauté your leftovers together with garlic and olive oil then toss in the noodles. Adobo flakes, tinapa, shrimps, or sausages (sliced Hungarian or some crumbled garlicky longganisa) pair well with cream-based or garlic and olive oil sauces. Be sure to toss some veggies like broccoli, tomatoes or spinach to cut the richness.

By using your leftovers to make your own baon for work, you’ll get to cut down on food wastage and save a few hundred pesos each day for what you would otherwise spend on lunch and merienda. If you’re aiming to put a down payment on that house or condo, being financially savvy will help you on your journey to independence. Visit Avida Land to get you started.