5 Amazing Meal Ideas made out of Leftovers!

Are you tired of always having leftover food stocked in your fridge which eventually goes out in the bin? Here are a few leftover recipes that yield surprisingly tasteful dishes. ALL of them have been made using last night’s meal like, ham and chicken!

How convenient and economical!

Let’s begin with the leftover recipes, without any further ado:

1. Leftover Shepherd’s Pie, American style:


Leftover Shepherd’s Pie

This is an amazing leftover beef recipe, which is not only quick and easy to make but scrumptious at the same time.

Here’s what you will need to grab:

    • 2 cups of leftover ground beef
    • 3 cups of leftover mashed potatoes
    • 1 can of vegetable soup, condensed
    • 1 cup cheese, shredded
    • ½ a cup onion, chopped
    • ½ a cup celery, chopped
    • ½ a tsp thyme, dried
  1. Begin by preheating an oven at 350 F and grease a baking dish.
  2. Next up, in a skillet, put ground beef, celery, and onion and let it stir fry until the vegetables are cooked and mixed well with the beef.
  3. Turn the flame off. Add the beef, veggie soup, and thyme. Mix well.
  4. With a spoon, layer the mashed potatoes on the top.
  5. Bake for 15 mins and sprinkle the cheese, then bake for another 5 to 7 minutes, until the cheese melts and turns golden.

There you have it, scrumptious leftover beef and potato pie!

2. Next, Beef Taco:

Sounds like a weird combination, but trust me when I say that it is one of the best leftover recipes I have come across.

All you need is:

Beef Taco

    • 1 ½ cups of leftover corned beef, shredded
    • 8 to 10 tortillas
    • 2 cups prepared coleslaw, here’s where you can find a kickass recipe!
    • 2 cups of yogurt
    • ½ a cup mayo
    • 2 tbsps. of cilantro, finely chopped
    • Juice of 1 lime
    • A pinch of cayenne pepper
    • Salt according to taste
  1. Begin by whipping up the yogurt sauce. Mix yogurt, mayo, lime, cilantro, salt and cayenne pepper in a bowl, until smooth.
  2. In a pan, slightly stir fry the beef until warm and crispy.
  3. In another skillet, place the tortillas until brown spot are achieved on both sides; around 30-35 seconds each.
  4. Assemble by putting a tbsp. of coleslaw in each tortilla, topped with beef and a generous drizzle of yogurt sauce.
  5. Roll up, serve and enjoy!

3. Next in line, 30-minute chicken, and pasta soup:

30-minute chicken, and pasta soup

Looking for a scrumptious meal, but don’t want to waste those pre-cooked chicken steak that you made for dinner last night?

Here’s what you can do:


    • 4 cans of chicken broth
    • 1 can of vegetable broth
    • 1 cup leftover chicken, cooked and bite sized
    • 1 ½ cups of egg noodles
    • 1 cup carrots, sliced
    • ½ a cup celery, chopped
    • ½ a cup onion, chopped
    • 1 tbsp. of butter
    • ½ tsp. of basil, dried
    • ½ tsp. of oregano, dried
    • Seasoning, according to taste
  1. In a pot, melt butter and fry celery and onions until softened; around 5 minutes.
  2. Add into it, both the broths and chicken chunks.
  3. Also add, carrots, egg noodles, oregano, basil, and seasoning.
  4. Bring to a boil and then let simmer on low heat for another 15 to 20 mins.

Serve hot with a siding of garlic or buttered bread!

4. Leftover egg sandwiches:

Leftover egg sandwiches

Do you have a bowl full of leftover boiled eggs that you are sure will go in the bin, if not taken care of? Here’s a leftover recipe that is sure to blow your mind and fill your tummy up at the same time! Also, this leftover recipe is perfect if you are looking to grab a quick meal when going to the office.

All you need to do is:

  1. Finely chop boiled eggs.
  2. Add into them 4 tbsps. of mayo, ¼ tsp. yellow mustard, a tsp. of chopped cilantro, pinch of paprika and salt, according to taste.
  3. Mix well, until a smooth paste is formed. Spread a generous amount on each bread slice and sprinkle some black pepper.

And Viola! There you have it, a scrumptious little combo of sandwich and salad, all ready to be devoured.

5. Fried rice, with leftover rice:

Fried rice, with leftover rice

Do you seem to have a platter of rice in your fridge, leftover from yesterday’s meal? Here’s a leftover recipe with which you can not only stop those rice from going to waste but also create a quick and easy, yet amazingly tasteful fix for dinner!

Here’s what you will need:

    • 2 cups of boiled leftover rice
    • 2 eggs
    • ¾ cup baby carrots, chopped
    • ¼ cup green peas
    • 2 tbsps. vegetable oil
    • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
    • Soy sauce to taste
  1. Start by blanching green peas in hot water.
  2. Then, take the carrots and boil them for no more than 3 minutes in boiling water.
  3. On high flame, heat a wok and add oil and stir fry the veggies.
  4. Crack in the two eggs, and scramble them nice and fine.
  5. Stir the leftover rice in, along with soy sauce and give it a nice stir or, even better, a toss to evenly coat the rice.
  6. Drizzle generously with sesame oil and serve!

Each of the recipes is a hit in my place, rendering the food from going to waste issue, altogether!

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