Tasty Ways to Add New Life to Leftovers

New Life for LeftoversSo what do you do with those odd leftovers…you can freeze them, sure. But how about giving them a new life and turning them into a new dish altogether? Instead of re-inventing the wheel when creating a new meal, use the leftovers to give you a head start. Here are a few ideas.

Leftover Hamburgers

A few leftover hamburgers from your cookout don’t have to go to waste. You can always crumble those burgers up and use them in new dishes. Combine with a marinara sauce and add pasta for a yummy Italian meal. Toss in a skillet and add taco seasonings and water, simmer for 10 minutes and make short work of a taco dinner.

Fried Chicken

Pull the skin off of the chicken (works great for takeout chicken too) and chop. Mix with mayo, a little celery and onion, and a dash of garlic salt, and you have chicken salad to use in sandwiches or wraps. Or, mix the chicken with a jar of white sauce, boil some pasta and you have easy chicken fettuccine.

Beef Roast

Open a jar of pre-made gravy, mix with shredded roast and pour atop toast for an open-faced hot beef sandwich. If you like Italian beef, shred your leftover roast and add to a slow cooker with sliced onion and green pepper, a packet of onion soup mix and water. All you need are some fresh onion rolls, and dinner is served!

Pork Roast

Shred leftover pork roast, add barbecue sauce and some rolls and you’ll have the makings for pulled pork sandwiches.

Hardboiled Eggs (think after Easter!)

Chop up and toss into a bed of greens, add a few extra veggies and chopped lunch meat for a hearty chef salad. You can also add mayonnaise, minced onion and celery, along with paprika to create egg salad for sandwiches.


You can make a wonderful pasta salad with that leftover pasta! Toss with Italian dressing, diced tomatoes, peppers and onion for a quick pasta salad.


Add your choice of chopped veggies, tossed until crisp-tender, and create a stir-fry. Add any of the above leftover meats for a heartier meal.

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