OLIVER’S EATS: GIVING BLAND RESTAURANT LEFTOVERS A NEW LEASE ON LIFE

We went out for Thai food earlier this evening. I ordered Oliver some steamed veggies and plain chicken because I was certain that most — if not all — of the restaurant’s sauces would contain sugar.

They took my request quite literally, and Oliver was presented with a heaping plate of plain, dry, veggies and meat. No fat, no seasoning, no nothing.

To make the meal more interesting, and also to give Oliver a taste of Thai flavour, I dipped the pieces of meat and vegetables in my tom kha soup before giving them to him. He ate about half of the huge plate of food, and we took the rest home.

Later, I pulled the food out of the refrigerator to package it in a proper food container (I didn’t want to send my kid to daycare with a telltale styrofoam take-out tray ;)), and I realized how bland and unappealing those cold leftovers were going to be. I also realized there was not nearly enough chicken to comprise an Oliver-sized serving of protein.

So, I chopped the chicken and some of the broccoli and cauliflower into tiny pieces, fried them in a pan with some butter and fresh garlic, and added three scrambled eggs.

Scrambled eggs with chicken, broccoli, cauliflower and garlic.

Then I melted some grass-fed butter, poured it over the remaining vegetables, and sprinkled them lightly with sea salt and pepper.

Carrots, broccoli and cauliflower topped with plenty of melted grass-fed butter.

Finally, I peeled and chopped a delicious, ripe peach for dessert/snack.

Sliced peach.

And that’s how I rescued what would have otherwise been some seriously bland and unappealing leftovers!

The whole kit and caboodle.

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