Last Updated on May 28, 2020
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, then you may just find that there are some creative and exciting ways to use that leftover pasta! Not to mention, a variety of other leftovers, too!
Moreover, here are a few of my favorite clever and easy ways to use leftovers that you probably never thought of. Above all, 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.
4. Leftover Halloween Candy Brownies
If you’re wondering why anyone would have leftover Halloween candy that they don’t plan on eating, well, I don’t have a clue. My family just spends the entire month of November eating candy, but if you don’t like having all that sugar laying around, chop it up and bake it into your favorite brownie or cookie recipe, and then give them away at work, church, or the next get-together with friends. Check out this idea here.
5. Single Portioned Leftover Soup
Leftover soup? Of course! There is always leftover soup. Instead of trying to eat it all in one week, consider freezing it into individual sized portions so that you can enjoy a bowl throughout the year. Clever! Go check out the instructions for this along with a delicious soup recipe!
6. Leftover Baked Spaghetti
Did you just make spaghetti to feed an army for your family of 4? Try jazzing it up the next day into a spaghetti bake! By adding in a few ingredients to the mix to help keep the spaghetti mixture together, you have what almost looks like lasagna. This is like getting 2 meals out of just one! I think this keeps things a little more exciting, especially if you have picky eaters.