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10 Best Leftovers Recipes – Healthy Recipes Using Leftover Foods

10 Best Leftovers Recipes - Healthy Recipes Using Leftover Foods

Breathe new life into your roasted veggies, rice, or salmon scraps with these foodie-approved weeknight recipes.

Ready to get your creative juices flowing in the kitchen? If you are that person who packs containers filled with leftovers from dinner thinking you’ll eat them the next day, only to realize how unappetizing crust sauce can look at lunch, we’ll see you. And we’re here to tell you that it doesn’t take much to reuse all the goods that aren’t gobbled up.

Mixing yesterday’s leftover protein and veggies into a new meal is a great way to use up what’s in the fridge, reduce food waste, and limit your time in the kitchen during the week. Whether it’s repurposing the white rice from a Chinese takeout evening into a tasty coconut curry and rice casserole or shred a breast of leftover chicken into mini jarsThese 10 mouthwatering recipes from food influencers will inspire you to put those opportunities and goals to work. What are you waiting for? Open that fridge and mix up the weekly menu!

Easy Leftover Food Recipes

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“These hand-held pot pies are made in muffin tins with a flaky, buttery crust. Simply use leftover chicken in the filling, as well as other favorite leftover roasted vegetables!” says Kylie Mazon-Chambers, founder of Cooking with cocktail rings and author of Share + enjoy: create impressive and delicious appetizer plates for every occasion† “The filling can be made ahead of time and frozen for easy assembly.”

Veggie Frittata

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“I love serving this flexible recipe for last-minute guests,” says Mazon-Chambers. “Add any leftover roasted veggies or even sausage and potatoes to this frittata.”

Mexican Chicken Street Tacos

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“These Mexican chicken street tacos can be seasoned and marinated ahead of time,” says Mazon-Chambers. “They come together quickly with simple, yet flavorful garnishes for an easy weeknight dinner.”

Baked Spicy Salmon Hand Rolls

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“Turn leftover salmon into a spicy salad (like your favorite salmon bowls) and wrap in soy paper with rice, cucumber, and avocado for a quick and easy lunch,” says Mazon-Chambers. “This is also a great recipe for moms-to-be craving sushi!”

Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad

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“Do you have leftover shredded chicken? This is the ultimate healthy chicken salad to cook up for the week,” said Brittany Mullins, a holistic nutritionist and food blog author. eat bird food† “It has the perfect amount of sweetness and crunch.”

Superfood Salmon Salad

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“Leftover grilled or baked salmon will work great on this superfood salad with roasted sweet potatoes and pickled onions,” says Mullins. “The simple lemon vinaigrette ties it all together.”

crustless Quiche

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“This crustless quiche is such an easy low-carb meal that can be served any time of the day, and it’s a great way to use up leftover veggies from the night before,” says Mullins. “The recipe calls for kale and mushrooms, but feel free to use whatever vegetables you have on hand.”

20 Minute Vegan Cashew Lettuce Wraps

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“Looking for a recipe to serve with leftover white rice? Try making these delicious vegan lettuce wraps that are packed with plant-based protein,” says Jillian Glenn, author of the new cookbook Light and easy vegan baking and founder of Peanut butter and Jilly, a food blog full of vegan and gluten-free recipes. “You only need 20 minutes to make this healthy weeknight meal that’s packed with flavor.”

Creamy Coconut Curry & Rice Casserole

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“Try making this easy coconut curry casserole in one bowl using leftover veggies in your fridge,” says Glenn. “This is a unique twist on a family favorite. It’s so comforting that no one will guess it’s plant-based, gluten-free, and healthy for you.”

Vegan Fried Rice

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Jillian Glenn/Peanut butter and Jilly

“Reuse that leftover rice by making your own vegetarian fried rice at home! It only takes 20 minutes and a handful of simple ingredients,” says Glenn. “This dish is so delicious and easy to make, your family will be asking for it every week !”