10 New Uses for Leftovers

By , SparkPeople Blogger
With the amount of time, effort, and cash that is going into putting a meal on the table, it's a shame to let any leftovers go to waste. While you might not want to eat the same meal two days in a row, you can easily turn any extra servings into something entirely different--with very little work.

Orange Miso Grilled Salmon
You might not be able to decide which way you like this recipe the best: cold or hot. Shred chilled salmon and place atop salad greens, along with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and orange slices.

Chili Con Carne
Add extra beans then spoon onto a whole wheat or corn tortilla. Top with cheese and second tortilla.  Warm in a 350 degree oven until cheese melts.  Or go one step further and turn into a Mexican lasagna, layering the chili between whole wheat lasagna noodles and spicy pepper jack cheese.  Cook (covered) in a 350 degree oven until the cheese melts.
Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Olive Tapenade and Feta
This recipe has pizza night written all over it.  Chop any leftovers and spoon onto your favorite whole wheat pizza dough topped with a tomato based sauce.  There is so much flavor in the dish all you may need is a drizzle of olive oil on top before it goes into a hot 400 degree oven.

Golden Beet and Farro Salad
Enjoy for lunch the next day wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla.  Add thin sliced turkey breast or any lean cooked meat, such as pork tenderloin or chicken.  Add one tablespoon of dried cherries for sweetness. If you need a sauce, spike two tablespoons of fat-free Greek yogurt with curry powder to taste.

Slow Cooker Meat Loaf
Chop up any leftovers to add to a quick (or jarred) tomato sauce for a hearty tomato Bolognese. Go one step further and add a package (10 ounces) of baby spinach to "green" up the sauce. Pour over cooked whole wheat pasta or grilled chicken.

Roasted Onions and Walnuts
Chop up any leftovers and use as a yummy topper for grilled pork chops, chicken, or hamburgers. Serve with mashed potatoes.

Veggie Packed Tomato Sauce
Add vegetable stock and turn into a quick vegetable soup.  Go creamy and finish the soup with a dollop of fat-free Greek yogurt.

Garlic Herb Potato Packs
Reheat the next morning and top with an egg and salsa for a filling and tasty start to your day.

Roasted Vegetable Soup
Pour any leftover soup over chicken breasts and pop into a 350 degree oven or into your slow cooker for a next day dinner.

Vegetarian Vindaloo
Add cubed lean beef and stock then simmer for a hearty stew or puree any leftovers and use in soups and stews as a thickening agent and flavor enhancer.
What is your favorite recipe to repurpose into a tasty and simple second-night meal?

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SUNSET09 8/4/2020
When making my meals, leftovers ideas are already in the back of my mind, good doing, SparkFriends. Report
PWILLOW1 7/11/2020
Great ideas Report
FISHGUT3 5/10/2020
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KOALA_BEAR 3/23/2020
Meatloaf is classic, having it for dinner one night & in sandwiches another, also Shepard's pie by mixing in peas & carrots then adding mashed potatoes on top. I make chili to serve w/ crackers then have at another supper over baked potatoes w/ shredded cheese on top.
When cooking spaghetti sauce, I serve over pasta or rice or spaghetti squash but marinara sauce is also great over a cheese omelette or in an egg & diced potato casserole. It's a classic topping over polenta.
Browned Italian sausage links served as sandwiches topped w/ sauteed peppers & onions; serve extra links alongside spaghetti squash.
Seasoned meat (beef, turkey, chicken or pork) filling one night in tacos then on either nachos or a taco salad. Traditional corned beef brisket w/ potatoes & cabbage is a filling dinner; take the left overs & roll into corn tortillas then spritz w/ oil & bake into Irish taquitos. Serve dipped into low fat 1000 dressing.
Any meat & vegetable combo can be made into wraps, pasties, pot pie or shepherd's pie. Add fresh alfalfa sprouts to lettuce & tomato slices; chopped radishes & or sliced cabbage w/ diced white onions & parsley or cilantro.
Leftovers make great experiments. You know what you & your family like. Dont forget these standbyes:
Mac & cheese as a side dish to plain hot dogs one day. Then add tuna & peas to leftover mac the next day & reheat. Take extra hot dogs & mix w/ bbq beans for classic beanie wienies. 3 different meals w/ 2 basic ingredients. Happy cooking! Report
ARNETTELEE 11/30/2019
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GREEN_EYES2 11/25/2019
Some great ideas Report
ERIN_POSCH 11/22/2019
thanks for sharing Report
ROSSYFLOSSY 11/22/2019
Great suggestions! Report
All great suggestions. Report
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All great ideas. Report
Nice ideas Report
Some great ideas Report
Thank you for the great ideas. Just wish there was a way to save this. Report
Leftovers are great. Some of meals actually taste better the next day. Report
I always use leftovers in new creations. One of the highest compliments I ever got was when my adult son said, "Mom makes a gourmet meal out of the garbage". (meaning leftovers. Report
I try not to cook more than we will eat, as I don't like to reheat leftover food. Report
These are some great ideas! I hope I remember them next time I have leftovers of any of these items though! Report
Looks wonderful but it would be nice if more of these were vegetable concentrated and vegan. Report
Good Stuff!!! Report
Great time savers. Report
Thank you for some ideas for leftovers! Report
I use my leftovers all the time. Some of my leftovers go into a burrito or wrap the next day. I will often make extras in the evening for this purpose. Things like extra veggies and rice along with meat will make a great lunch the next day.
I also make extra for lunches the next day, especially if it is something that is within my dietary needs, making it easy to know what to have. Report
When making fish I always make more than needed so I can make fish tacos the next day. Adding cole slaw on top or on the side is very tasty. Report