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Leftover Makeovers
6 ways to add new life to tired old leftovers
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3. Fried Rice
Donít know what to do with all the leftover stir-fries? Toss them into a wok with some cooked rice, top with some scallions and sesame oil and youíve got yourself a tasty one-dish meal.
Ideal candidates | cooked veggies, cooked rice, any leftover Chinese food
Necessary materials | rice, wok or skillet, 1-2 cloves garlic (minced), 3 stalks scallions (minced), cooking oil
Basic recipe (serves 2) |

step 1: Heat 1 tsp. oil in a wok on medium-high.
step 2: Add garlic and scallions; cook until fragrant (1-2 minutes).
step 3: Dump in 3 cups cooked rice. Break it up and toss it around using a spatula.
step 4: Add the cooked leftovers, stirring well to incorporate with the rice.
step 5: Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with sesame oil if desired.

4. Fried Pasta
I donít have a microwave, and even if I did, youíd never catch me re-heating pasta in a microwave Ö it just gets too un-appetizingly smushy. A much tastier way of  re-heating leftover cooked pasta? Simply fry it up until the noodles have a slightly crisp texture.
Ideal candidates |  leftover pasta (the pasta can be sauced or plain, but please note: donít try this with cream sauces; the oil will separate out and youíll be left with a very greasy dish)
Necessary materials | skillet, cooking oil
Basic recipe (serves 2) |

step 1: Heat 1-2 tbsp. olive oil on medium. If the pasta is un-sauced, saute 2 cloves minced garlic.
step 2: Add the leftover pasta (youíll want about 3 cups). Spread it out well and cook until the pasta begins to get a bit crisp.
step 3: Flip the pasta and cook until the other side is crisp as well.
step 4: Season with salt and pepper. Serve with grated cheese if desired.

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