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I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July!  We actually did our “party” at breakfast.  My mom’s 80th is today (5th) so we all went to my parents home and put on a birthday meal.

My sister and I divided up the “usual” suspects-both food and family members.  Our daughter and her family called to wish grandma a good celebration since she now lives 300 miles away. It was a bit sad, since this was the first time they weren’t with us.

As usual, my mom and dad wanted to keep only a few strawberries, a couple of bagels and a mere couple of cups of the veggies.  

This of course means that my sister and I went home with a lot of what we came with.  Thankfully-all are the types of food that will last (except for the 2 pounds of extra strawberries-which I think I’ll wash, hull and freeze some of).

But I thought I’d still talk about what to do with leftovers today mainly due to the fact that many of you probably have leftover chicken, ribs, burgers and the rest.

No need to just re-heat and serve!  Leftover chicken can be shredded and served in tacos, burritos, enchiladas and with a quick addition of chicken stock, some veggies and tortilla chips (add some leftover salsa to any and all of these!) for a quick and tasty meal.  To make sure it’s healthy-use the low-carb whole wheat tortillas and baked chips.  

Don’t like Mexican?  Switch it up and make a chicken (or use those hamburgers!) Italian sauce.  Then make a quick lasagna, or other baked pasta.

Still not up your “alley“?  Use your creativity and make a nice salad, probably a welcome change after all the BBQ.  Or use some of the veggies and proteins, soba noodles and some Japanese or Chinese (Thai-you‘re I’m sure getting the idea here) and make a stir-fry.

Tonight-I’m using the last of a roasted chicken.  I decided to use some of those aforementioned strawberries, spinach, dried cranberries, tomatoes and mushrooms and make a nice salad.  Since we had a pretty heavy breakfast (which I must say I made hubby walk to and from the restaurant to get-almost 3 miles)I’m going to add some leftover rotini to the dish.  Colorful, healthy and hopefully he will not notice that he’s had them all before!

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