Leftover Recipe Ideas

By September 28, 2023Recipes

Leftover recipes are a great way to reduce food waste and create delicious meals with ingredients you already have on hand. Here are some ideas for leftover recipes using common leftovers!


  1. vegetable Stir-Fry:
    • Leftover vegetables (broccoli, bell peppers, carrots, etc.)
    • Cooked rice or noodles
    • Soy sauce, ginger, and garlic for flavor
    • Optional protein (chicken, tofu, or shrimp)

    Stir-fry your leftover vegetables with your choice of protein and add cooked rice or noodles. Season with soy sauce, ginger, and garlic for a quick and tasty meal.

  2. Frittata:
    • Leftover cooked vegetables (spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes, etc.)
    • Eggs
    • Cheese (optional)
    • Herbs and spices (such as thyme or oregano)

    Whisk eggs and pour them over your leftover vegetables in an ovenproof skillet. Add cheese if desired. Cook on the stovetop until the edges set, then finish in the oven until the frittata puffs up and is cooked through.

  3. Pasta Salad:
    • Leftover pasta
    • Diced vegetables (tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers)
    • Olive oil, vinegar, and herbs for dressing
    • Optional extras (olives, cheese, grilled chicken)

    Toss your leftover pasta with diced vegetables and a simple dressing made from olive oil, vinegar, herbs, salt, and pepper. Customize with extras like olives, cheese, or grilled chicken.

  4. Pizza Quesadillas:
    • Leftover pizza slices
    • Shredded mozzarella cheese
    • Sliced vegetables or pepperoni (optional)

    Place leftover pizza slices in a hot skillet. Add extra cheese and any additional toppings you like. Fold the slices in half and cook until the cheese is melted and the crust is crispy.

  5. Soup or Stew:
    • Leftover roasted meats (chicken, beef, turkey)
    • Vegetables (carrots, celery, onions)
    • Broth (chicken, beef, vegetable)
    • Herbs and spices (thyme, bay leaves, black pepper)

    Simmer your leftover meats and vegetables in broth with herbs and spices to create a hearty soup or stew. Add noodles or rice for extra substance.

  6. Mashed Potato Pancakes:
    • Leftover mashed potatoes
    • Chopped green onions or herbs
    • Egg
    • Breadcrumbs (optional)

    Mix leftover mashed potatoes with chopped green onions or herbs and an egg. Form into patties and cook in a skillet until golden brown. Serve with sour cream or applesauce.

  7. Burrito Bowl:
    • Leftover cooked rice
    • Leftover protein (beef, chicken, pork)
    • Beans (black beans, pinto beans)
    • Salsa, sour cream, and guacamole

    Reheat the rice and protein, then assemble a burrito bowl with beans and your favourite toppings like salsa, sour cream, and guacamole.