I am not as good at doing it for myself any more, but I used to always make enough food to have leftovers both for myself and my husband most days during the week. These days I usually manage for him at least. I’ve got used to the “what am I having for lunch tomorrow” question in the evening and do feel a little bad if the answer is buy something. I, meanwhile, might make something that ends up here (so I can do pretty well out of it), or have something super quick and boring (sadly more often). Then there are other days when we have enough leftover for both of us, at least with some adaptation, as happened with some leftover steak the other day. I ended up making this leftover steak and quinoa bowl which was so good, I think I’ll be over-buying steak more often.
You see, I have a slight dilemma when it comes to buying some foods at the moment. With two young kids, they don’t quite eat full portions and eat more of some things than others. Some things are very easy to adapt the quantities, like pasta, but things like steaks are a bit trickier. If I just get what I would buy for two, we’ll feel a bit short, but buying for three is still too much. Sometimes the size works to cut part off for the boys, but not always. The other day, I saw some lovely looking ribeyes but they just didn’t quite work so I ended up getting too much. However we weren’t exactly disappointed in how I used up the leftover steak.
How it’s made
I was kind of inspired by my recent Buddha bowl and had the idea to put together a healthy bowl using the leftover steak with some grains and vegetables. While the recipe below and photos show what I used, you can be pretty flexible in what goes in here. Change up the grain and vegetables to what you have or prefer. I had originally made some sweet potato fritters to go with the steak, so we had some of those leftover as well. However you can use any leftover veg you have in place of them. Then I quickly sauteed some chard with a couple scallions/spring onions and cooked some quinoa. To top it off, I made a simple and delicious lemon tahini dressing.
This leftover steak and quinoa bowl is such a tasty way to repurpose leftovers into a totally new dish without much effort. It may have a few components, but it all comes together in less than 20 minutes, and the result is something both delicious and healthy. Lots of variety, lots of flavor. So good, I know I’ll be buying a bit too much steak on purpose in the future.
- ¼ cup quinoa (uncooked amount)
- 2 scallions/spring onions
- 4oz/110g chard
- ½tbsp olive oil (approx)
- 2-3 slices of leftover cooked steak (any cut, as you have)
- a few leftover vegetables such as roasted sweet potatoes or beets
- 1tbsp raisins
- For dressing -
- 2tsp lemon juice
- 2tsp tahini
- 1tbsp (3tsp) olive oil
- 1tsp honey
- Cook the quinoa according to packet instructions. For the ¼cup you'll need approx ½ cup plus 1tbsp (140ml), place both in a small pan, cover and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for approx 10min until the water is absorbed and the quinoa opens up little tendrils. Add a little more water if needed if it's not cooked and water has absorbed. Remove from heat.
- Meanwhile, slice the scallions, including most of the green part. Slice the chard, both stalks and leaves, separating the two.
- Warm the olive oil in a small skillet and add the scallions and chard stalks. Cook for a couple minutes until they soften then add the chard leaves and wilt down. Remove from the heat.
- Put together the bowls with the quinoa, chard, chopped up steak, leftover veg and raisins.
- Mix together the dressing (lemon, tahini, oil and honey) until smooth and pour over the top.
- This can be eaten warm or cold. It makes a great lunchbox (good mixed too) and you can make extra of everything and eat over a couple days, with variations as you have.