Many times, we set out with the best intentions to eat healthily and cook our own food. After a few days, however, we are left with a ton of leftovers that we don’t know how to make into an enjoyable meal.
Because we were not raised to throw away food, we end up having a little of everything (most times, non-exciting meals)
If you have been wondering what to make with leftovers, I’m here to tell you that there are so many things to make. Rice mayai is one way to repurpose leftovers that literally all households know about.
With a bit of planning and creativity, you can create delicious leftover dishes.
Here are 13 creative and tasty leftover recipe ideas that will ensure you use every leftover you have.
Whether you have leftover tomatoes, kale, potatoes, or carrots, you can put it all into a soup. Add some beans or chicken for protein and you have a complete meal.
If you would like it a little extra, you can blend the entire soup into a creamy bowl full of taste! It will be worth it.
2. Bone Broth
If you roasted meat and aren’t sure what to do with the leftover bones, think about slow cooking them with onion, carrots, and spices of your choice to create a delicious broth.
Bone broth is considered a healthy meal with nutrients for your gut, immune system, and even skin. This is a healthier version of the broths in stores.
3. French Toast, or Bread Crumbs
Do you have a loaf of bread or even a few slices of bread that are starting to go stale? Before it grows mold, there are a few things you can do. The first is to turn it into French toast. Once you soak the bread in egg, it will be as good as new. You can top this with syrup or fruit.
You can also dry the bread in the oven or microwave to make breadcrumbs. You can freeze the breadcrumbs for when you need them.
Now, this is where you mix everything up. This includes the leftover sauces, protein, and vegetables. Simply stir-fry the vegetables in oil, add the sauce and protein, and then serve it over the pasta. If you don’t have any sauce, you can mix up garlic in oil and this will suffice.
For this, you do not necessarily have to have the normal pizza crust to put together pizza using leftovers. You can use thinly sliced sweet potato as a crust instead!
Spread leftover sauce onto the crust then add leftover diced vegetables, cheese, and protein. Bake in the oven at 410 degrees F for 10 to 12 minutes and voila! You have a delicious, healthy pizza ready to go.
Making a stir-fry with leftovers is easy and foolproof. Sauté any leftover vegetables with onion, garlic, and ginger. Add protein, some wilted greens, and soy sauce and serve it over rice for a delicious leftover meal in a pinch.
Omelettes are high in protein and healthy fats. Stir-fry vegetables, greens, or cheese with a few eggs and you have everything you need to fry up a delicious, nourishing omelette. Add a splash of milk to the whisked eggs to make the omelette extra fluffy and serve with a spoonful of kachumbari (salsa) for some extra flavor.
Never underestimate the power of a smoothie! It can act as a complete meal replacement when done right. Leftover fruit, greens, milk, seeds, and yogurt can all be transformed into a satisfying, nutrient-dense smoothie. Just throw it all into your blender, add your liquid of choice and you are set. Be sure to balance the vegetables with a sweet fruit like berries, banana, or mango to balance the flavors.
9. Put an Egg On It
Have some leftover vegetables, pasta, or bread but not enough to make a complete meal? Put an egg on it! Frying or poaching an egg takes minutes and it adds protein and healthy fats to tie together a complete meal. Add a bit of salt and black pepper and let the deliciousness ensue.
10. Banana Bread or Freeze Sliced Bananas
Have a bunch of bananas on the counter that are going brown? These are perfect for banana bread. You can also peel, slice, and throw those bananas into the freezer. Once frozen, they are great for smoothies.
If you have avocados that are a little too soft, you can probably turn them into a delicious batch of guacamole. Mash up the avocado with lemon or lime juice, red onion, tomatoes, garlic, sea salt, and black pepper.
You will enjoy this with any meal you add it to.
Do you have leftover tomatoes? Dice them up and turn them into salsa. Serve them with practically any dish for a delicious meal.
13. Veggie Fried Rice
This is the famous rice mayai that I know you know about.
Just stir fry any leftover vegetables (fresh or frozen) and add the rice in at the end. Add a bit of soy sauce, ginger, or garlic for some flavor. You can even add a scrambled egg for some extra protein.
What is your favorite way to repurpose leftovers? Share with me in the comments below!