Training Myself to Eat Leftovers…

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If you don’t know this about me, I really struggle with eating leftovers- which makes it hard to eat healthy at work.  I try to bring leftovers for lunch once in a while but end up throwing them away because they just don’t taste good.  Not only am I wasting food and money, but I will end up eating something crappy from our kitchen in the back, or ordering lunch in which is rarely healthy.

I usually try to bring a salad for lunch, but I don’t like leftover chicken so my salads never have protein which means they don’t keep me full for the rest of the afternoon.  I like leftover pulled pork in my salads, but we don’t buy that very often.  You might be thinking I should just put beans in there for my protein, but I don’t care for beans either…I’m telling you, the lunch struggle is real!

Every now and then I can do leftover steak if it’s well marinated and seasoned, so I wanted to give it a try as I really want to find a lunch that will keep me full longer.

Last nights dinner consisted of pan-fried organic NY strip, green beans, arugula salad, and jasmine rice (which I wasn’t a fan of).  I wanted to try leftover steak in my lunch as well, so I also diced up and pan-fried an organic sirloin steak, and made quinoa to replace the jasmine rice.

leftovers, steak, quinoa, veggiesI understand that this picture doesn’t look very good, but I was impressed at how good it was!  The steak mixed with everything else was great, and it was so well seasoned that I couldn’t taste any “leftover” flavor (call me crazy)!  I do need to mention that I CANNOT eat re-heated meat, so I set the steak bites aside while I heated the quinoa and beans- then mixed it all up and voila!

The steak was pan-fried in butter, and seasoned with Montreal steak seasoning, garlic powder, and Worcestershire sauce.

Question For You:

  1. Can you eat leftovers?
  2. What are your favorite lunches for work?




  • Holly

    Looks good! I manage a kitchen in the summer months, and it’s a struggle to bring in my own food and not just eat what we have on the menu.
    I live by myself, so I’ve come to make myself enjoy leftovers. I’ve also become really good at cooking for one and not cooking too much at once!
    I eat a mostly plant-based diet, and I love veggies. For lunch, I generally do roasted veggies – broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, etc. I might throw some chickpeas or lentils in there for more calories and protein. And hummus! Hummus is a staple for me.

    Reply to Holly
    • Loree Unleashed

      It’s definitely hard to focus on clean eating when you work somewhere that is always preparing delicious food! I wish I liked beans and lentils more– I do intent to try to incorporate them more in a way where I can’t taste them too much! 🙂

      Reply to Loree Unleashed

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