6 Ways to Turn Your Undesirable Leftovers into Delicious Meals

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I don’t know about you, but I am not a fan of dry, cold leftovers. No matter how much I enjoy a meal the first time, I can hardly stomach it a second — but, turn those leftovers into something different and new, I’m in.

With these six super simple and super yummy recipes, you can not only enjoy a totally different delicious meal, you can also save money on groceries.

6 Ways to Turn Your Undesirable Leftovers into Delicious Meals:

1. Leftover Pizza Scrambled Eggs

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 pizza slices
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • vegetables (optional)

Directions:

  1. Using a fork, scrape the cheese and toppings off your leftover pizza.
  2. Throw away the bread and crust.
  3. In a small sauce pan, combine the cheese, toppings and milk over medium heat.
  4. Stir until they have combined into a soft consistency.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Whisk together eggs, onion powder, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and vegetables, if desired.
  7. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  8. When hot, pour eggs into pan and let sit for one minute.
  9. Then add pizza mixture and stir ingredients until eggs are fully cook.
  10. Enjoy!

2. Leftover Fried Rice Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups leftover fried rice
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • optional: whipped cream
  • optional: cinnamon

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, over medium-low heat, combine milk, rice, sugar and salt.
  2. Cover and let sit for around 20 minutes or until thick.
  3. As they raise to the surface, remove vegetables from the mixture.
  4. Once thick, remove mixture from heat.
  5. Stir in vanilla extract.
  6. Serve with whipped cream and cinnamon, if desired.
  7. Enjoy!

3. Leftover Orange Chicken, Lime and Avocado Tacos

Ingredients: 

  • 1 carton leftover Chinese orange chicken
  • ½ head of lettuce, shredded
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 lime
  • sour cream

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Toast tortillas for a few minutes until crispy.
  3. Chop chicken into small pieces and heat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Layer tortilla with sour cream, orange chicken, lettuce, lime and avocado as desired.
  5. Enjoy!

4. Leftover Pizza Croutons

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of leftover pizza
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • vegetable oil

Directions:

  1. Remove all the crust from your leftover pizza.
  2. Place the slices on top of each other so the cheese is on the inside.
  3. Slice into 1 1/2-in x 1/2-in squares.
  4. Coat a nonstick skillet with a thick layer of vegetable oil and fry croutons for about 3 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown
  5. Flip the croutons until both sides are brown and crunchy.
  6. Drain the oil from the croutons on a paper towel.
  7. Add to a salad or tomato soup.
  8. Enjoy!

5. Leftover Waffle Battered Chicken Wings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups waffle mix
  • 1½ cup water
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 8 leftover chicken wings

Directions:

  1. Combine and whisk together waffle mix, oil, and water.
  2. Dip each wing into the batter until thoroughly coated.
  3. Lay the wings on a waffle iron, pour a little more batter over the top and close.
  4. Cook until golden brown.
  5. Enjoy!

6. Leftover Beef Taco Breakfast Chilaquiles

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 leftover beef tacos
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 6 eggs
  • ½ cup crumbled feta
  • 2½ cups salsa
  • 1 lime
  • 3 sprigs cilantro, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Coat a saucepan in oil and put over medium heat.
  2. Once hot, add salsa and let simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring often.
  3. Separate the taco meat and filling from the tortilla and tear the tortillas into small pieces.
  4. Add tortilla pieces and feta to the salsa and stir.
  5. Once tortilla strips are thoroughly coated, add the taco meat and filling to the mixture.
  6. Then, crack six eggs around the perimeter of the pan.
  7. Cover and cook without disturbing for about 10 minutes.
  8. Serve with lime, cilantro and avocado slices, if desired.
  9. Enjoy!

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