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Leftovers Made Awesome: Part 1

Happy Tuesday friends!

So, I really hate to waste food. But, probably like many of you, I also really hate to eat the same exact meal a number of days in a row. Enter my new series: Leftovers Made Awesome!

Today’s segment features the leftover whole wheat pasta from Saturday night’s carbo loading dinner before the race.

Tuna and Veggie Pasta Salad

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (overflowing) leftover cooked whole wheat pasta
  • 1 single serving packet of water-packed chunk light tuna
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 massive handful fresh spinach
  • Plain, fat free yogurt
  • Dijon Mustard
  • (optional) Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing

Instructions:

Start with your plain, boring, leftover whole wheat pasta. Get ready for tastiness. I’m not sure if tastiness is a word.

Add 1 overflowing cup of the pasta to a large bowl.

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Next, in a separate, smaller bowl, prepare the tuna mixture. I used a single serving packet of chunk light tuna packed in water. Dump the tuna in the bowl, and then mix in a spoonful of plain, fat free yogurt (I used Chobani’s 0% Greek yogurt), and a couple squirts classic Dijon mustard to it — I’d say use about 2 parts yogurt to 1 part mustard. Mix it all together. You want the tuna to be very coated in both since this will also be the pasta’s “sauce”.

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Once complete, add the mixture (which may or may not look like cat food… disregard) on top of the pasta. Sorry… no picture, per the cat food comment. ;)

Next, prepare the peas. I’m super lazy and did this in the microwave. Take the frozen peas (which I can finally open and eat since I no longer need to save the package to ice my knees with!), and pour about 1/2 cup into a microwave safe bowl. Pour in enough water so that the peas are covered, and microwave on high for about a minute.

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Strain the peas and add them to the pasta/tuna mixture.

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Next, prepare the spinach. Take a massive handful of fresh baby spinach and put it on a plate. Again… I am lazy so it’s microwave time. Wet your hands with water and shake a few droplets on top of the spinach. Microwave on high for about 45 seconds and viola! Steamed spinach!

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Add the spinach to the pasta/tuna/pea mixture…

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…and mix it all up so that the tuna and its sauce coat everything. Yes, it may look kind of gross, but trust me, it doesn’t taste gross.

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Now… for the optional final ingredient. For a little extra kick, add a drizzle (about a teaspoon, not much) of balsamic vinaigrette on top of the mixture, mix it all up again, and enjoy!

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I enjoyed my tuna & veggie pasta salad for lunch today with a nice side of grapes, and a not-so-nice side of Organic Chemistry.

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Off to school I go! Tuesdays are a busy day class-wise — Organic Chem lecture from 3-4:30, and Organic Chem Lab from 5-8! Ick. At least I made it to my favorite Pilates class this a.m. :)

Enjoy the rest of your day, and stay tuned for tomorrow’s Leftovers Made Awesome: Part 2! Yes, I STILL have pasta left over… and I have a perfect idea for how to use it :)

What’s your favorite way to re-vamp leftovers?

Comments

  1. 1

    Oh I think I’m going to like this new series, I always have leftovers for lunch at work but would LOVE to eat them differently cause it makes me bored bored bored!

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    I love this idea :) Making leftovers yummy is great. Sometimes the leftovers are even better than the original meal!

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    I hate all things tuna but that actually looks really good! I look forward to the rest of the series!

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    Sounds yummy! I can’t wait to try it.

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    I love to add leftovers on top of my salad. I’ve had chili or couscous or other leftovers to create a different salad flavor each time.

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    Love the idea!! That sounds so yummy too!! I’m not good at revamping my leftovers so this will be great for me!!

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    I really liked reading about your adventures in the Czech Republic! I was just wondering if you went through a certain program or school?

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    Looks delish!

    Love seeing the Chem in there ;)

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    Yum- that looks amazing! I make a lot of tuna/pasta salads, so will have to steal your ideas :)

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    Hey! I didn’t go through a program to get a job, but when I first arrived I took a 5 week TEFL training course so I’d be more marketable. I’d definitely recommend doing that – it was a great way to meet some friends and contacts for the job search after the course was over, too. The course I did was called Oxford TEFL – http://oxfordtefl.com/ – and they have a couple other locations besides Prague. I’d definitely recommend them! Let me know if you have any other questions :)

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