I have an unusual way of dealing with leftovers.
I turn them into tacos. Wraps. Quesadillas. Actually I’m not sure what to call them, but my husband is always amazed at what a good idea these concoctions are.
I take a tortilla. I spoon the leftovers onto the tortilla, sprinkle with an appropriate cheese, then microwave for a minutes. Roll it all up and voila!
Example 1: my extended family served meatballs over the holidays, with plenty of leftovers for everyone to take home. We ate traditional meatball subs one night. Then I ran out of rolls. So I halved the meatballs and plopped them on a tortilla:
Then I smothered them with shredded mozzarella cheese.
Voila! Meatball quesadillas.
Example 2: With only two of us at home these days, I usually have leftover chili. So one night, I did the tortilla thing, but used shredded Mexican cheese (Mexican cheese is what my local supermarket changes calls a four-cheese blend of cheddar, Monterrey Jack, asadero, and quesadilla cheese–that’s what the package says.)
If I’m feeling particularly domestic, I’ll cook these in a cast iron frying pan to make them more quesadilla-like. My husband likes them just fine heated in the microwave. And there is no extra cookware to clean.
Various kinds of shredded cheese and a package of tortillas are “pantry” staples at my house. Cheese freezes beautifully. Leftovers don’t get boring if you switch up how they’re served.