I have a love/meh relationship with leftovers. I love that we are not wasting food and that you get to enjoy a (hopefully) good meal a second time, but usually for me it is not the same experience as the original meal. I must admit I am not very inventive with my leftovers, I don’t repurpose them I just present the meal in the same manner as before, though it usually colder and somewhat boring because you just had it the night before; but last night Honey and I created together a dinner from leftovers that rivaled the original meal. On Sunday I roasted a whole chicken with lemon and rosemary (thyme is better). Since it was just us for dinner there was a lot of chicken left, usually I just heat it up or eat it cold the next day but it is always kind of meh.
Using our recently harvested produce of tomatoes and peppers we made a Leftover Bliss meal. Honey made pico de gallo and I sautéed some onions and garlic, then I juiced a lemon and splashed the leftover chicken with it. Then I put a little salt, pepper, chipotle powder, and garlic powder on the chicken as it absorbed the lemon. Once the onions and garlic began cooking I added the seasoned chicken and stirred until the chicken was warm. After a few minutes I put the chicken in some tortillas, threw a little cheese over the chicken and topped it with the pico de gallo. Oh my Gods. So freaking good! I wanted more but I was full and we were out of chicken =( It was citrusy and light, but flavorful and filling. It makes me want to make another chicken this Sunday or at least start planning to use my leftovers in new ways.