I don’t think anyone likes to waste food, but unfortunately, sometimes leftovers get either forgotten about or are just plain unappealing (who wants to eat the same thing two to three days in a row!?). If you tend to make spaghetti for 17 people to feed your family of four like me, you may just find that there are some creative and exciting ways to use that leftover pasta! And other leftovers, too!
Here are a few of my favorite clever and easy ways to use leftovers that you probably never thought of. Now you can turn one meal into several different exciting meal ideas!
1. Cheesy Mashed Potato Cakes
I would say that most people have at least 12 pounds of leftover mashed potatoes just about every Thanksgiving, and if you would like a way to spruce them up the next day for brunch, go check out these cheesy mashed potato cakes from Just A Taste! You might also like these leftover mashed potato waffles, and so many of Kelly’s other unique leftover recipes!
2. Hamburger Bun Mini Pizzas
It seems as though there are always leftover hamburger buns after every barbecue. Instead of letting them get moldy in the pantry and then tossing them out after you’ve realized you forgot about them, use them as mini pizza crusts! A sandwich would also suffice, but who doesn’t love pizza!? Check out Samantha’s instructions here.
3. Leftover Ground Beef Mexican Dip
Tacos and burritos are my family’s favorite choice for dinner because they always turn out good, and they’re incredibly easy, but we always have leftover taco seasoned ground beef. What to do with it? Use it in this easy creamy mexican dip recipe! I’m thinking lunch the next day.