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People Will Say There’s No Way These Dinners Are From Leftovers

Some people were raised to look down their nose — or their fork — at serving leftovers. Not me. I love them. And if you were to serve these 11 leftovers for dinner, you may find people swearing that it can’t be possible because these dishes are so good.

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Easy Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole

A bowl of rice with corn and herbs on a striped cloth with garnishes on the side.
Easy Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole. Photo credit: Bagels and Lasagna.

This Easy Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole Recipe uses three different leftovers from your refrigerator: rice, chicken, and cheese. This recipe is a practical option for a quick and easy meal using leftovers.
Get the Recipe: Easy Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole

Copycat Trader Joe’s Arancini Rice Balls

A person pulling apart a gooey, cheese-filled arancini with more of the fried rice balls and sauce in the background.
Copycat Trader Joe’s Arancini Rice Balls. Photo credit: Bagels and Lasagna.

Transform leftover risotto into arancini, cheese-filled fried risotto balls. They taste just like the ones Trader Joe’s used to sell. This recipe is a great choice for repurposing leftovers into a tasty new dish.
Get the Recipe: Copycat Trader Joe’s Arancini Rice Balls

Pizza Toppings Bar

sourdough pizza with peppers onions arugula
Photo credit: Bagels and Lasagna.

Got leftover plain pizza that no one wants? Create a pizza toppings bar with vegetables, slices of pepperoni, and more. This way, the pizza gets a second life, and you have dinner ready in no time.
Get the Recipe: Pizza Toppings Bar

Broccoli Chicken Cheese Casserole

A plate of chicken with rice garnished with parsley on a white surface with an orange napkin, wooden utensils, and ingredients nearby.
Broccoli Chicken Cheese Casserole. Photo credit: Bagels and Lasagna.

This Broccoli Chicken Cheese Casserole is such an easy weeknight dinner. It includes cheesy and yummy broccoli that you’ll cook up with leftover chicken breasts. It’s the tastiest casserole ever!
Get the Recipe: Broccoli Chicken Cheese Casserole

Shrimp Scampi Over Linguine

Close-up of linguine pasta with shrimp and parsley.
Shrimp Scampi Over Linguine. Photo credit: Bagels and Lasagna.

Shrimp Scampi Over Linguine works well as an easy meal at home or a dish to serve to guests. Using leftover scampi, simply boil water for the linguine. This recipe is a smart way to turn leftovers into an elegant meal.
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Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

Two mashed potato pancakes on white plates topped with fried eggs, sauteed mushrooms, spinach, and fresh herbs.
Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes. Photo credit: fANNEtastic food.

If you have leftover mashed potatoes from another dinner, you can make crispy mashed potato pancakes with fried eggs on top. It takes only 15 minutes to prepare, making it a quick and easy option for a satisfying meal.
Get the Recipe: Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

Chicken Pot Pies

Two individual chicken pot pies.
Chicken Pot Pies. Photo credit: Downsizing Dinner.

This is a brilliant solution for leftover chicken or other meats, along with vegetables like peas, potatoes and carrots. Combine them all into a pot pie topped with puff pastry and, voila, a hearty meal made from leftovers.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Pot Pies

Salmon Pasta Salad

Salmon pasta salad in a black bowl with forks nearby.
Salmon Pasta Salad. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Here is a pasta salad that makes great use of leftover salmon and pasta. With dressing and just a touch of dill and lemon. Dinner is served in no time. This recipe is a quick and fresh way to repurpose leftover ingredients.
Get the Recipe: Salmon Pasta Salad

Brisket Chili

Brisket chili in a bowl topede with green onions and avocado.
Brisket Chili. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

You can make this easy Brisket Chili with the leftover brisket, plus beans, peppers, and corn in a thick and chunky tomato base. It’s a hearty and flavorful way to repurpose barbecue leftovers.
Get the Recipe: Brisket Chili

Cheddar Chicken Bake

Chicken cheddar quinoa casserole in a pyrex dish.
Cheddar Chicken Bake. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

With this Cheddar Chicken Bake, you have a tasty way to make the most of your leftovers. And that would be leftover rotisserie chicken plus cooked quinoa. In no time, you have a brand new dinner to serve.
Get the Recipe: Cheddar Chicken Bake

Best Way to Reheat Lasagna

A slice of freshly baked lasagna with melted cheese on a white plate.
Best Way to Reheat Lasagna. Photo credit: Bagels and Lasagna.

Have you ever tried reheating leftover lasagna in the air fryer? If not, you should definitely give it a go. It’s delicious and is an unexpected technique for making leftovers taste fresh.
Get the Recipe: Best Way to Reheat Lasagna

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