• Debbie Safra, MS, RDN, LD/N

Leftover Dilemma

Let’s talk about leftovers. These days when food prices are going up and some items are hard to find, I try to make sure I don’t waste food. For example, last night, I made a piece of salmon along with some frozen spinach. I ate a little over half of the salmon and had about 1/3 cup left of the spinach. The next day, I was going to use the leftover spinach and salmon in an egg omelet, but that didn’t happen. When lunch rolled around, I thought I would use the salmon in a salad for lunch, well that didn’t happen either, turkey sandwich won.


Now it is dinner time, and I thought, hmm, what will I make? I have the salmon, and I have spinach, but not enough to make a full meal as is. I put my culinary thinking cap on and decided to toss it in a bowl and make salmon cakes. I chopped up the salmon, added the leftover spinach, added a little onion, and whatever else I thought might add flavor. In went some shredded carrots, chopped red peppers, two eggs, and some panko crumbs to help hold it together. Then I sprinkled in a little salt, pepper, garlic, and lemon juice, and presto salmon cake mixture.


I spooned about a tablespoon to form a patty and placed it on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. I baked them for approximately 20 minutes on 375 degrees F. While the patties were cooking, I made a sauce with a little bit of mayo, ketchup, lemon juice, and sliced pickles. My little bit of salmon and spinach turned into five patties and a delicious meal that saved me time and money.


So, before you decide to throw out a little bit of this or that, think about what other recipes those little leftovers can be added to make another kind of dish. If you’re wondering what the calorie count is, I cannot tell you the exact count since I did not measure the ingredients. Still, I can share with you that my meal contained protein, carbohydrates, poly & monounsaturated fats, potassium, vitamins A, C, D, E, K, calcium, B6, magnesium, potassium, folate, choline, beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, fiber, and prebiotic fiber (fructans). I would love to hear about some of your leftovers creations.


Until next time –