17 Meals to Make with Leftovers

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Grilled Chicken and Blueberry Salad


10. Grilled Chicken
Grilled chicken is a standby in many homes because it prepares quickly and you can season it with whatever healthy ingredients you have on hand. Make grilled chicken a two-fer meal by cooking extra and adding the leftovers to recipes like this Grilled Chicken and Blueberry Salad or Apricot and Almond Chicken Salad. Another option is to mix the chicken into this Panzanella Salad with Arugula.

11. Cauliflower Stir-Fry
This is a smart choice if you’re on a vegan, low-carb, Paleo, or gluten-free diet. It’s also a tasty meal—hot or cold—the following day.

Skinny Quinoa with Black Beans

12. Quinoa with Black Beans
Superfoods quinoa and black beans make this a meal worthy of leftovers. Top this healthy recipe with avocado for extra taste and superfood power. Prepare this for dinner one night, and then reheat for lunch or dinner the next day.

13. Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad
Easy-peasy prep makes this recipe a healthy dinner choice, but it’s even yummier the following day, after the flavors have had a chance to blend.

14. Skillet Chicken and Quinoa Supper
When you want meals with leftovers, put this recipe on your list. With simple one-pan prep and superfood nutrition, it’s a smart option for a double-duty dish.

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Slow Cooker Lasagna

15. Slow Cooker Lasagna
Lasagna is always a good dish for leftovers—the problem is many recipes are heavy on fat and calories. Get your leftover fix with this slow cooker version, which is lighter and healthier than the recipe you inherited from grandma.

16. Skinny Quinoa Skillet Supper
This healthy recipe, which delivers complete protein and complex carbs, tastes just as good on day two. It’s a vegetarian dish, so prepare it on Meatless Monday, and then enjoy a Meatless Tuesday with the leftovers.

17. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes- Southwestern Style
Bake these as a side for dinner, but cook an extra or two for lunch or dinner the following day. Add toppings right before serving.

Leftover meals are friendly on the budget—but when you choose healthy recipes, they’re friendly on the waistline, too! Make your next dinner a two-fer with one of these meals.

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