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Today: Easter comes with a lot of leftovers. Here's how to turn them into lunch.
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If you had an Easter feast on Sunday, we're guessing you were left with your fair share of food. After any holiday celebration, the first day of eating leftovers is a joy. You tuck in gleefully, greedily, because it'll be 364 days before this exact meeting of foods happens again.
However, after the initial thrill, leftovers quickly lose their luster -- and that's where these tips come in. From ham to hard-boiled eggs, here's how to get excited about repurposing leftovers, all week long. Just don't forget to pack a marshmallow peep or two for dessert (hey, no shame).
1. Be the toastess with the mostess. When it comes to ham sandwiches, it's time to re-invent the wheel. Add some sweet chutney, good, grainy mustard, or swiss cheese; then make use of that office toaster to crisp up the bread until it's nice and golden and the cheese is melty.
2. Complement with condiments. A little homemade aioli or bagna cauda can also go a long way towards jazzing up leftovers. Whip up one of these addictive sauces, then bring it to the office in resealable containers. Pack some crudités and leftover meats, and get ready to dunk.
4. Lamb, redux. A perfectly cooked leg of lamb is not something you want to let go to waste. Pull the meat off the bone, then use it to round out a spring stew. You could also shred it and bring it into the office along with cheese, greens, and tortillas for a deskside taco-building session. Don't forget to microwave the tortillas first for easy pliability.