There is no food in the house!! What can I eat??? Why don’t you love me anymore??? These are all phrases I have unfortunately heard because of lack of prepackaged foods. I always respond with “well let me see what I can make” and then the quest begins! What do I have in the fridge? Leftovers? Why the hell would anyone want to eat leftovers? 
Cuz they are awesome! Leftover veggies, a random pork chop, ½ a baked potato, etc. We have the technology we can rebuild a meal and it will be better than before (insert bionic music here). There are so many options when it comes to being resourceful in the kitchen.
Hash (the food not the opiate) is really just ingredients chopped up and added together, cooked until crispy and served. What could be simpler? It makes a great meal for any time of day.
Frittata (sounds impressive, no?) A frittata is a cross between an open faced omelet and a crust less quiche. You can add just about anything to eggs and cheese and it will turn out pretty damn good.
Open faced sandwiches, sloppy joes, quesadillas, burritos (they do not have to have a Mexican theme, we like PB&J rolled up in a whole wheat tortilla), all of these ideas can be improved upon and made to be your own specialty!
Leftover hash!
Leftover broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, peppers, etc.
Leftover baked potato or 1 small raw potato per person.
Leftover protein – Ham, steak, hamburgers, pork chops, chicken (boneless)
Olive oil
Salt, pepper, hot sauce (optional)
Preheat skillet with a little olive oil
Dice or rough chop all ingredients to about the same size. **** If the potato is raw dice it first and add to hot skillet (be careful) to brown first.
When potato is crisp I add the rest of the ingredients and toss together to mix. Let the mixture cook turning a few times to ensure that all pieces has been allowed to heat through and become golden brown and delicious.
Season with salt, pepper, and hot sauce. Serve piping hot maybe with a little shredded cheese on top.
Now for a closing rant: We have become as a society, one that changes the word associated with something to make it more appealing, examples: Used car=pre-owned vehicle (really, they owned it but it wasn’t used?),  used furniture =previously loved furniture (ewwww no thanks), etc. I say we call them leftovers and embrace our frugality and innovation.  
 Now go cook something!

About Trace Hillman

I am a dad, husband, and a food guy.. I love the idea of bringing people together and having real food.
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