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Barbeque Leftover Tips

With summer comes barbeques, and with barbeques comes a lot of food. In fact, at one barbeque you may see all of the following:

  • Burgers
  • Steak
  • Hot dogs
  • Chicken
  • Corn on the cob
  • Potatoes
  • Macaroni salad
  • Potato salad
  • Baked beans
  • Watermelon
  • Chips and dip
  • And more!

The tricky thing about all this variety is that we often want to try everything. The “try a little of everything” approach typically ends with eating a lot more than we set out to. In fact, a barbeque meal can easily get up to over 1000 calories. That’s no surprise when 85% of foods grilled are burgers, followed by 41% for corn and potatoes, and only 32% for vegetables.

And then, of course, there are the leftovers. Leftovers certainly don’t have to go to waste. However, this is where you can turn things around.

A good rule of thumb is to choose only one! In other words, choose one meat and one starch. Now that you’re home, you can get creative with how to fit in some veggies and other high fiber foods.

Check out these articles for creative recipes using barbeque leftovers:

http://www.foodnetwork.ca/bbq/photos/how-to-use-leftover-barbecue-grilled-foods/#!Grilled-Chicken-Vegetable-Tacos

http://www.brit.co/grilling-barbecue-leftover-recipes/ 

Check out this article for how to use those leftover bulk ingredients:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/food/wp/2015/11/03/dont-just-reheat-your-leftovers-heres-how-to-repurpose-them/ 

References:

http://www.popsugar.com/fitness/Calories-Typical-Barbecue-Meal-23650811?stream_view=1#opening-slide

http://www.hpba.org/consumers/barbecue/fun-facts-about-barbecue