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5 Whys to Liven Up Leftovers that Make You Actually Excited to Eat Them

You had the best intentions of using up those leftovers from the weekend. At first, your Meal Prep Sunday seemed like a dream idea. You'd prep food for the week, have it all stored and ready, and you'd have a home cooked meal very day without much effort. But by day #3 of it, your family is giving you the side-eye, and you can no longer bear to eat the same dish again.

I feel you. It happens to us all. We all want to make use of our leftovers, but we get bored, and food goes to waste instead. Instead of forcing yourself and your family to eat the same things day in and day out, try these leftover tips that will help you liven thing up and reignite the spark that makes you excited to dig in.

1. Add avocado

Leftover brown rice and sauteed veggies? Eh. Leftover brown rice and sauteed veggies with fresh avocado? Now you're talking! Drizzle on some sriracha too for a spicy hit and face-lift on your leftovers..

2. Add some crunch

Sometimes, we just needs more texture to make things interesting. Adding a crunch to your meal can spice it up quite a bit. Try adding it to your leftovers any way that makes sense. Look in your pantry for walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almond slivers or anything else that might add a crunch along with a nice dose of healthy fats that are good for you, too. I even love having crispy onions or crispy jalapenos atop a salad when I want something difference.

3. Top on some greens

Or even layer them below. Sometimes that leftover shrimp tastes excellent warmed up over a bed of fresh kale, spinach or lettuce. Or you can make some quick brown rice or zucchini noodles and mix it all together to create a new dish that tastes like takeout without the cost (or the heaps of calories)