Utilizing leftovers: 15 minute dinner!


I had such a good weekend, this past weekend. From my in laws visiting, to a great braai on Saturday and a good roast on Sunday. Successful weekend overall.

But now I’m stuck with all these leftovers. And I’m sorry to report but leftovers don’t really inspire anything in me. They do say though, the ability to transform leftovers to spanking new and different meals, is how you separate good cooks from the best cooks. Ok, I’ve just made that saying up :-P!

My point is, tonight I’m using leftovers to make a quick 15 minute dinner. This will have 2 versions because we have so much leftovers, mine: pan fried lamb chops and finished in red wine, English spinach and apple salad with pickled red onion; picked from yesterday’s apple salad, served with a red wine jus.

My husband, because of his love for cauliflower and broccoli bake, he’ll be having the leftover cauliflower and broccoli bake, sticky basmati rice, pan fried lamb chops topped with sauteed red onions and a red wine jus.

What do you need?

  • For Lamb chops- lamb chops, 1/2 tsp of paprika, 1/2 cup of red wine, salt & pepper, sliced red onion.
Lamb chops
Lamb chops
  • English spinach salad- English spinach leaves, slices of apple, pickled red onion rings, salt

  • Leftovers- cauliflower and broccoli bake, basmati rice.

What to do?

  • The lamb chops – dry rub the lamb chops generously with salt, pepper & paprika. Then pan fry with red onions, until each side is beautifully browned, generally 5 minutes on each side. Then add 1/2 cup of red wine and continue cooking for 5 more minute, for the alcohol to cook out.  And we’re done!


  • The green salad- throw in the English spinach with the red onion pickle, thin slices of apple and season with salt.

  • Warm up the rice with coconut milk to make it sticky and a bit stodgy.

  • Warm up the cauliflower and broccoli bake. This was so delicious I don’t want to change anything about it.

imageAssemble all your components, and serve. Drizzle the red wine jus on the salad.



Author: preciousgarnett

I'm a multi-faceted young woman. I'm a proud mom to a now 8 year old 😜. I'm a daughter, I'm a sister and a friend to an amazing circle of powerful people ❤️ I'm a medical doctor, public health specialist currently in marketing I live food, from cooking to finding the best spots in town and in my travels for a good meal. Health, Fitness and Nutrition fanatic. I live by a few beliefs...: 1. Before I do anything whether related to food or not, I ask myself ' Is it worth the calories?' Whether literally or figuratively( i.e. Is the decision worth the stress, effort, investment) 2. What you put in must come out! If you don't let it out, it settles on your tummy and hips. 3. 'Everything happens for a reason'. I try reflect on situations I find myself in, whether by choice or not. And look for Lessons I'm meant to learn from them, in order to grow.

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