Try this fun and interesting way to spice up leftovers, use up the last bits of many things in your fridge, and even maybe convince your kiddos to try a few new foods. When it comes to food, presentation is paramount, and creating this charcuterie board of leftovers from our fridge and cabinet exemplifies this perfectly.
Last week, without a plan for lunch (yet again), I decided to throw together a collection of whatever we had hanging out in the fridge. I gathered all the odds and ends in the fridge that needed a little love and arranged them in a fancy array on a cutting board.
I called it a charcuterie board because that sounded fun. Technically charcuterie includes cured meats, and we only had leftover chicken but who’s keeping track? We made our leftovers look fancy, and that’s all that matters.
It’s amazing how a bunch of random bits and pieces become a delicious lunch with just an ounce of creative presentation. Not only did we all enjoy a healthy lunch, but my boys ate a bunch of new things they hadn’t tried before.
My picky eater even wanted to make a salad for himself! He may have put together a seemingly random collection of ingredients that didn’t suit my tastes, but I told him it looked great for him and was so proud of his lunch.
I suspect the novelty of the leftover lunch charcuterie board generated much of the excitement about otherwise boring leftovers. I don’t plan to use it every day for that reason; I want to keep it novel. But it was an awesome way to use up small portions of food we had while also making healthy eating fun for my boys. They especially loved that they got to choose their own lunch from so much variety!
I’d love to hear your ideas about interesting ways to brighten up boring leftovers. We arranged them in a colorful way on a cutting board for our “magic” food waste reduction trick.
If you’re up for it, we have a Reduce Our Food Waste Footprint Facebook group to share big ideas and little wins (or little ideas and big wins – whatever you’ve got). Sign up to get two pages of ideas to reduce food waste in your house and a link to the private Facebook group, and tell me all your tips to reduce our food waste footprint!