Fried Rice: Use leftover cooked rice and any vegetables, proteins (chicken, beef, shrimp), or even tofu you have on hand. Stir-fry them together in a hot pan with soy sauce, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil for a quick and satisfying meal.
Shepherd's Pie: Turn leftover mashed potatoes and cooked meat (such as roast beef or lamb) into a comforting Shepherd's Pie. Layer the meat and vegetables in a baking dish, top with the mashed potatoes, and bake until golden brown.
Quesadillas: Leftover cooked chicken, beef, or vegetables can be folded into tortillas with cheese to make delicious quesadillas. Serve with salsa, guacamole, or sour cream for a tasty Mexican-inspired meal.
Pasta Frittata: Combine leftover pasta (with or without sauce) with beaten eggs and any additional ingredients like cheese, vegetables, or cooked bacon. Cook it in a skillet until set, then finish in the oven for a pasta frittata.
Stir-Fry or Noodle Bowl: Leftover stir-fry or cooked noodles can be quickly reheated and combined with fresh vegetables, a sauce made from soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and a bit of honey or brown sugar for a flavorful meal.
Pizza Toast: Turn stale bread into pizza toast by spreading tomato sauce, cheese, and your favorite pizza toppings on slices of bread. Broil until the cheese is bubbly and golden.
Curry or Stew: Leftover roast meat or vegetables can be added to a pot of curry or stew. Simmer them with spices and broth or coconut milk for a hearty and flavorful meal.
Panini: Use leftover meats, cheeses, and vegetables to make a delicious panini. Grill the sandwich until it's crispy and the cheese is melted. You can also add condiments like pesto or mustard for extra flavor.