I think I've found a new solution for un-appetizing leftovers...turn them into soup! Strange solution, considering I'm not really a fan of soups...but perhaps they are growing on me. Never as a stand-alone meal, but they're not bad along with a sandwich...
So, a week or so ago, I made that marinated chicken thing with barley and lentils. There was A LOT of leftover barley and lentils. I don't really like lentils, and I had hoped that mixing them with barley would help, but it didn't really. I tried to eat those leftovers, and I choked down some of them, but they just were not appetizing. At all. I hate to waste food, so I really didn't want to just throw them out, but it was clear that I was never going to eat them.
Yesterday, I was thinking about what to eat for dinner, and what to do with those horrible lentils and I thought...how about soup? If I'm lucky, I can find enough tastier things to put in the soup so that I won't even be able to taste the lentils!
Chop and steam carrots and green onions with butter.
Add some water, garlic and herbs/salt.
Add some heavy cream, a big spoonful of sour cream w/chives, and a generous squirt of Jack Daniel's Mustard.
Put barley/lentil mixture in the blender, blend with water til smooth. (I also poured in some apple-cider vinegar...just for kicks...)
Add barley/lentil mash to soup. Add water and/or cream until desired consistency is reached.