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12 Leftover Recipe Ideas

by Out and About Mag.

Leftover recipesLeftovers often make their way on our tables. They are inevitable and a part of our lives, but don’t worry because you don’t need to throw them away. You can use recipe ideas to recreate those leftover dishes, such as chicken, beef or veggie, and turn them into another dish that your family will enjoy. Here are our top 12 leftover recipe ideas.

1. Leftover Beef Stroganoff

If you love stroganoff, you can use some leftover beef in this recipe. Try it and impress your loved ones with a better-tasting leftover beef.  After all, some cooked food tastes even better when consumed the next day or added to other dishes.

Leftover beef is no different. It is tasty and versatile to add on just about any dish of your choosing. It helps you achieve that maximum taste without much effort in a new dish. After all, the work is also half done, so you don’t have to spend so much time turning that beef leftover into a delicious meal.

This leftover meat stroganoff is one of the best leftover recipe ideas that you can do with beef. To make your lunch or dinner even more delectable, you can serve it with vegetables, like broccoli, kale or beans and white rice. Alternatively, you can serve it with white bread, mashed potatoes, brown rice or wild rice. See this recipe for inspiration.

2. Mexican Chili Verde Chicken Casserole

Who doesn’t love a comforting casserole? If you have cooked leftover chicken, you should try this one. It is easy to prepare and is family-friendly! You can get it done and make your leftovers taste even better the next day.

However, some people who do not like the jalapeno omit it entirely. It is up to you. Plus, you can use canned if you don’t have fresh tomatoes. If you don’t have cooked chicken meat, you can also use turkey meat. It will also work fine for this hearty recipe that you might want to make when you’re stuck at home.  Here is a video for a simple recipe idea.

3. Easy Leftover Veggie Soup

If you have leftover vegetables, you can try this easy to make soup recipe. A few veggies to combine include, green beans, zucchini, eggplant and peas. You can also use other vegetables you got in your kitchen. This veggie soup tastes great, and even kids will love it. Check out this video for inspiration.

4. Leftover Roast Chicken Soup

On a weekend when we have home gatherings, we often prepare roast chicken. The hungry crowd always loves this dish that is effortless to make. However, there can always be leftovers.  Use it in this delicious and comforting soup recipe. 

Tips - The drippings or juices created out of roasting can be used in this soup recipe. You can also use the extra veggies from your roast chicken. If desired, you can also add some chicken breasts. Here is a video to check out for your inspiration.

5.  Leftover Beef Stew

Are you looking for a quick dinner?  You can use that leftover beef and use the ingredients you have in your kitchen. You will love this recipe because you can use your pieces and bits to clear up your week’s stock and get ready for fresh shopping. 

This dish will last up to four days if properly stored in the fridge, but if you want to extend its shelf life, you can also freeze it in an airtight container or a freezer bag. If you don’t have cooked meat, you can substitute it with any meat roasts. Try this leftover beef stew that will please even fussy eaters! Check this video for recipe inspiration.

6.  Leftover Beef Goulash

Do you have leftover beef? No worries!  You can prepare this easy and simple recipe that makes leftover beef taste more special. To make it more delicious, add lots of paprika and peppers.

Looking for inspiration? Check out this recipe video.

7.  Leftover Philly Cheese Steak Slider

If you love sliders, you will love this leftover Philly cheesesteak slider, a sandwich that originated in Philadelphia, USA.

It is easy and quick to prepare, and that’s impressive for many of us that don’t have the luxury of time to cook. All you need are thin slices of cooked steak, provolone cheese, onion, mushroom and peppers. You will love the combination of these ingredients that can make great-tasting sandwiches to make at home.

To make the sliders even more delectable, coat the buns with a garlic butter seasoning. If you don’t have leftover roast beef or steak, you can also use grocery-bought, pre-cut and thinly sliced meat. For the cheese, you can substitute provolone with mozzarella, Swiss or American cheese. Looking for a recipe on how to prepare it?  Watch this video for inspiration.

8. Chicken Stuffed Bell Peppers

Are you wondering what to do with leftover chicken? Try these tasty stuffed bell peppers. You can experiment on the ingredients and add in whatever you have lying around the kitchen, such as celery, onion, carrot and mushrooms.  These stuffed bell peppers are great appetisers, too. Want to make Chicken Stuffed Bell Peppers? Watch this video.

9. Leftover Roast Beef Chili

Beef chilis are a favourite on a chilly winter night or just about any given day. If you have leftover beef, you can turn it into this frugal and quick recipe to try at home. This recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight because it is quick to prepare yet is also tastier than that made with another type of meat. Serve it with guacamole, salsa or steamed basmati rice. Alternatively, you can also serve it with sour cream and grated cheese in baked potatoes or tortilla wraps. Check out this video for inspiration.

10. Roast Chicken Leftover One-Pot Pasta

Are you running out of dinner ideas? Try this one-pot pasta with your leftover roast chicken the other night. You can transform that leftover into a great dish that even picky eaters will love. Now, you don’t need to waste that roast because you can add it to this pasta dish that you can prepare in half the time. Here is a recipe idea to try.

11. Chinese Stir Fry with Leftover Vegetables

Are you wondering how to make good use of your leftover vegetables? Here is a great recipe to try. Use your leftover mushrooms, broccoli and noodles that can make for a fantastic dish.  A stir-fry is a versatile dish that lets us use whatever veggie we have in the pantry or kitchen at the end of the week. With it, we do not just help in reducing food waste, but we can also create something healthy and delicious for the family.  Get inspiration from this video.

12. Vegetable Sandwich

This quick and easy recipe is so nutritious and flavourful. It is great for hunger between meals and is ready within 10 minutes. If you’re trying to lose weight, you can try it with whole wheat grain, too. Here is a vegetable sandwich to try.


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