Repurposing leftovers is a hot topic! Left-over food in general has a terrible reputation. People dislike them. The growing trend of restaurant type eating at home, where each family member grabs a different processed dinner from the freezer, is popular with many busy families! Day old meals don’t stand a chance!
Your goal should be to
plan and repurpose foods into new and healthy recipes that can be shared
together. This new meal might not resemble the original meal at all!
- Chilies: If you have extra beef or chicken
and vegetables, you can turn them into White Bean Chicken Chili, Beef Chili or a Healthy
Chili Recipe. Great Rotisserie Chicken Idea.
- Stews: If you have extra meat and
vegetables, chop them and put them together and make a Chicken Stew, Beef Stew,
or Pepper Steak, served over leftover grains. Great Rotisserie Chicken Idea.
- Burritos: If you have extra meat, add a can
of black beans, cheese, salad, chopped tomatoes, salsa, and sour cream with
your choice of tortillas. You can vary the tortilla, beans, and meats for
different burritos. Great Rotisserie Chicken Idea.
- Tacos: Leftover meats make great soft taco
additions. Chop the meat, and serve lettuce, or cabbage, cheese, and salsa. You
can vary between hard and soft tacos or the types of meats, fish, chicken,
beef, pork or simply beans! Great Rotisserie Chicken Idea.
- Tostadas: Toast corn tortillas under the
broiler until they are crispy. Top them with beans, chopped meat, cheese, and
put them back under the broiler. Top them with lots of salad. Great Rotisserie
- Taco Salad: Make a huge salad and add leftover
meat, tortilla chips, canned beans, cheese, and whatever leftover vegetables
you can find. Great Rotisserie Chicken Idea.
- Cobb Salad: Chop all leftovers and line them up
in separate groups on a plate. Great Rotisserie Chicken Idea for repurposing leftovers.
- Super Salad Meal: Chop all leftovers into a large
dinner salad, add nuts, seeds, dried fruits, chopped vegetables, and fruits,
canned garbanzo or red beans, and clean out the refrigerator. Great Rotisserie
- Omelets, Scrambles or
Quiches: Add any
leftovers to make an egg dish. Great Rotisserie Chicken Idea.
- Sandwiches: Buy good artisan bread and add
leftover meats, salads, and cheeses. You can also chop any meat and add a bit
of mayonnaise to make a meat salad sandwich. Great idea for a Simple Saturday
Meal. Great Rotisserie Chicken Idea.
- Meat Loaf: Anything can actually go into a
good meatloaf, leftover rice, potatoes, and vegetables; just chop leftovers
very finely and add them to the mix of ground beef, ground chicken, or ground
turkey. Add an egg and ketchup or tomato sauce to hold the mix together and
spices. Meatloaf can provide another meal of meatloaf sandwiches.
- Pasta Dishes: Any leftover vegetables and meats
can be mixed with pasta like Ham Pasta. You can just mix them in and top them
with fresh parmesan cheese or mix them into a white or red sauce or use a basic
pasta recipe that you love. Great Rotisserie Chicken Idea for repurposing leftovers.
- Salmon or Tuna Cakes: Leftover fish can make great fish
cakes or burgers. Just chop onions, peppers, and any other leftover veggies,
and add an egg and salt and pepper. Fry them quickly in a bit of olive oil and
serve on artisan rolls. Top with chopped cabbage, tomatoes, and salmon sauce or
- Soups: Chop leftover meat, vegetables,
pasta, grains, and beans for Vegetable Beef Soup or Easy Chicken Soup. Cover
them with water or broth, and a couple of bags of frozen mixed vegetables or
more chopped fresh vegetables, and simmer until all of the vegetables are done.
Season with basil, salt, and pepper, and any other loved spices. Great
rotisserie chicken idea.
- Slow Cooker Meal: Many slow cooker recipes require
cooked meat or rice, so leftovers are great and will save you a step. After
dinner one night, you can assemble your next days’ dinner in your slow cooker,
place it in the refrigerator, and then program it to cook the next day, before
you leave for work. Slow cooker chilies are a great way to repurpose leftovers.
- Stir fry Meal: Most meats and vegetables in a stir fry are cooked
separately because of different cooking times. They are added back together at
the end and reheated with sauce. It's simple to use leftovers that have already
been cooked as additions to your chicken, beef or pork stir fry using whatever
vegetables you have on hand.
These are a simple way for repurposing leftovers. Simply blend 6 eggs, 1/4 cup milk, 1 cup cooked pasta, leftover
veggies or fresh greens, and cook in your skillet over medium heat until almost
done. Add cheese to the top, and chopped herbs, or spring onions.
leftovers is a healthy diet habit to adopt, because it discourages grabbing
fast food or processed food products. Who wants to eat at McDonalds, when you
could quickly whip up a meal at home that you love, and costs little time,
energy, or money to prepare?
Creative meal planning and repurposing leftovers will give you a second meal idea that does not look anything like
the original meal! No leftover complaints here!