Transforming Leftovers Into Dinner

Dinner,Featured Article,Recipes
March 30, 2011

Save money and time at dinnertime by working with what you already have on-hand.


There are good leftovers and there are bad leftovers. Extra cake from the night before? That's a good leftover. Three-day-old shrimp scampi? Not so much.

By mid-week, most of us have managed to collect a small stockpile of tossaway bowls and plastic bags filled with the detritus of dinners past. We hate to throw perfectly good food away, but we're not quite sure how to make leftover rice from last night's Chinese takeout into tonight's delicious dinner. Here are a few of our favorite dinners that are even better the second time around.

End of Summer Rice Salad with Tuna

End of Summer Rice Salad with Tuna

A super easy and zesty salad built on leftover Chinese rice, it can act as a main dish or side.


Turkey Apricot Rice Salad

Use leftover turkey and wild or brown rice in this great salad.


Leek Fried Rice with Eggs

When you cook rice, cook extra and plan this dish for the next night.

chicken tacos

Lime Cilantro Chicken Tacos

Rotisserie chicken gives you a jump-start on an easy dinner with Tex-Mex flair.

pizza bianca

Pizza Bianca with Chicken and Fontina

Savory roast chicken and tender caramelized onions top this crispy-crusted pizza.


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