Amanda Simpson and Tyler Durrett
Staring into a refrigerator with quickly expiring food-filled Tupperware never feels good – neither does throwing out food. Whether you’re planning ahead for the week or trying to figure out how to use that last serving of salad, check out these six recipes and their easy leftovers solutions.
Great for quick weeknight meals, try making some of them this week and let us know if you come up with a new leftover dish of your own!
Make a quick wrap with thin slices or shredded bits of beef topped with a drizzle of aioli, chopped cornichons, and lettuce (mixed greens), or, for a lower-carb meal, top the meat with a tomato chutney served alongside a mixed greens salad.
Shred remaining chicken to serve atop orzo, couscous, or rice with chopped steamed or sautéed vegetables (think Swiss chard, spinach, or broccoli). Add any leftover herbs from the dish like the thyme or rosemary, a few capers, and a drizzle of good-quality olive oil, if desired.
A kid-friendly dish that's great sliced and served alongside hummus, olives, tzatziki, crumbled feta, and pita for a quick Mediterranean platter.
Some may say that leftover salad gets too soggy, but the ingredients in this one will just soak up all of the lovely juices and make a fantastic topping for a chicken or steak wrap the next day.
Serve tender slices of turkey between two pieces of thickly-cut bread with any remaining vinaigrette or a thin layer of butter. Shredded Brussels sprouts or cabbage would also make a wonderful and crunchy addition to this simple sandwich.
Throw leftover vegetable dishes like this one over fresh pasta and top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese for a quick and easy dinner recipe.