While our goal is to give you recipes that leave you with little leftover food or leftovers, occasionally, you’ll end up with some. Maybe it’s leftovers from a meal you didn’t finish or a leftovers of a particular ingredient!
We’re all about using up what we have in the fridge, so here are a few ideas to take advantage of your leftovers. It’ll save you money and time (one less trip to the grocery, amiright?!)
Here’s how we like to use up our leftovers!
10 Ways to Use Leftovers
This is the perfect way to use up random veggies! Load up your egg scramble or omelette with vegetables like bell pepper, onion, spinach, potatoes, kale, mushrooms, and tomatoes.
Supercharge your Smoothie
Pack your smoothie with greens like spinach, kale, romaine and avocado. Other veggies like cauliflower, cucumber and celery can make for great, unexpected additions as well. Top with chopped nuts, granola or cacao nibs for a little crunch.
Jazz up your Salad
Add color and protein to your simple lunch salad with greens, bell pepper, onion, cucumber, tomatoes, carrots, radishes, nuts, cheese, quinoa, avocado, and chicken. A “kitchen sink” salad is often the tastiest and such a good way to use up tons of leftover random bits!
Just Reheat It
The most obvious way to use up your leftovers—heat them up for a quick lunch.
Make a Wrap or Tacos
Fill up your leftover tortillas with any leftover meat, rice, and salsa for quick tacos, or other ingredients for a wrap-style sandwich.
Veggie Stick Snacks
Chop any leftover veggies like cucumber, carrot, celery, bell pepper and broccoli and dip in hummus. Such a great snack to pack for work.
Smash leftover avocado on crackers or flaxseed crisps (GF) for a quick snack. Top with Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel Seasoning for a boost of flavor! Otherwise, salt and pepper will do the trick!
- Cucumber and bell pepper with hummus
- Smash avocado on crackers
Freeze Soups & Stews
Typically when we make soup or stew, we like to make a big pot of it and store extras in the freezer for quick lunches or dinners. It’s always nice to have something healthy on hand in a pinch!
Freeze Meat, Poultry & Seafood
If you end up buying more meat than you use, freeze it if you’re not going to cook in the next day or two. Freezing allows you to pull it out in a pinch or for another dinner in the future.
Make Soup or Stock
Like an omelette, a soup is a great way to use up a bunch of leftover veggies. You could also make stock with leftover onion, carrot and celery. We love having homemade stock in the freezer for making soups.
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