School is back in session and with it, new demanding fall schedules that mean less time to focus on bringing nutritious meals to the table. Eating leftovers for dinner eases time spent in the kitchen. But it doesn’t have to mean eating Monday’s meal on Tuesday and again on Wednesday! Finding new ways to reinvent and reuse leftover ingredients to create simple and delicious meals is another perfect way to save time while still eating healthy. Less time, with less mess, means less stress!
Leftover proteins can be turned into delicious soups and pasta dishes, while unused grains and starches can quickly be transformed into nourishing and satisfying stovetop or oven dishes.
Looking ahead and planning meals for the week will allow you to purposefully prepare extra ingredients (think strategic leftovers!) that can easily extend into another nutritious meal.
01 Chicken Fajita and White Bean Soup
Fajita inspired, colourful, and full of flavour, this soup quickly turns leftover chicken into a nourishing and hearty meal. When paired with a fresh crusty loaf of bread, this warming bowl is perfect for either a simple weeknight dinner or for entertaining on the weekend.
02 Lentil and Shiitake Mushroom Potato Bake
A plant-based spinoff of shepherd’s pie makes an ideal use for those surplus starches. Flavour-rich shiitake mushrooms and saucy lentils meet creamy potatoes in a protein-filled and satisfying comfort meal packed with nutrition and perfect for any cool-weather dinner.
03 Mediterranean Veggie Frittata with Basil Goat Cheese
A bounty of grilled vegetables melds Mediterranean flavours with creamy goat cheese in a simple and tasty egg dish. When paired with a green salad, this frittata effortlessly transforms those extra vegetables into a light and satisfying dinner.
04 Warm Quinoa and Chickpea Salad with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Dressing
Repurposing leftover quinoa is made easy with a rich and tangy dressing in this fibre-filled, protein-forward fare. Perfect on its own, or try it wrapped in a leaf of romaine.
05 Salmon and Snap Pea Rice Bowls with Avocado Nori Ranch Dressing
This bright and colourful bowl is packed with nutritious ingredients, each delicious on its own—but even better together! The fresh crispiness of the snap peas combined with the creaminess of the nori ranch dressing brings everything together for a simple and well-balanced meal that can be enjoyed warm or cold.