What makes the Best Leftovers?

Here is a reader question from Shelly. She asks:

My boyfriend never eats leftovers no matter how much we have left. So my question is what meal makes the best leftovers?

That is a great question! What do you guys think? Which meals make the best leftovers.

Personally, I think that pasta is great as a leftover if you add a little water before you reheat it. But, pasta is also pretty easy to measure out and not get leftovers of! The only food that I cannot tell the difference between a leftover and the night it was made is homemade soup 🙂 That is one of my favorites. This week I am going to be making Potato and Double Corn Chowder and I’ll let you know how it goes!

What meals do you make that can be used as leftovers?

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nicola March 22, 2009 at 4:35 am

Curry makes a great leftover. I even like lasagna and meatloaf.

What about taking the leftover item and recreating it into something else? Kind of like Robin Miller on food network. Like leftover taco meat and beans (from tacos) becomes taco salad. Maybe if he thinks he is eating a “new” meal, he will be fine. Is it the fact that he doesn’t want to eat the same thing the next day, or is it that he doesn’t want to eat something prepared the day before?


2 Michelle March 22, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Whole chickens, as you can turn them into lots of new meals!

Also Chili. Always tastes better the next day! I often make it a day before we’re going to eat it for that very reason


3 BabiesandBargains March 22, 2009 at 3:51 pm

I agree pasta reheats very well, soups, I make a Taco Casserole lasagna type thing and my husband takes it to work and reheats every day! I think Cheeseburgers, Sandwiches, etc all get very soggy!


4 Kira March 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Lasagna! None of the men in my life like leftovers (if they know they’re leftovers), but all of them will eat reheated lasagna.

I’m getting pretty good at repurposing roast beef in to 2-3 meals (roast beef w/veggies, then shredded beef burritos, then beef stew). Next up: repurposing roasted chicken.


5 LittlePeopleWealth March 22, 2009 at 9:02 pm

I need to learn the re-purposing techniques! And mmmm, lasagna – that sounds wonderful right now 🙂


6 Laura March 22, 2009 at 9:35 pm

I make stir-fry a few times a week and it makes great left overs for the day after. You can also turn it into fried rice. Also, if you make roast one night, you can use the left-overs in a variety of ways- bbq sandwiches, chimichangas, beef stroganoff, and lots of recipes.


7 cheapbychoice March 22, 2009 at 11:27 pm

I use leftover roasted chicken for chicken enchiladas or chicken spaghetti. With leftover roast, I make philly cheese steak sandwiches or mix with barbeque sauce and make barbeque sandwiches.


8 LittlePeopleWealth March 25, 2009 at 12:41 am

I love stir fry 🙂 Those are all some great re-purposing ideas! I think I like that more than leftovers – it would definitely be better for somebody who doesn’t like leftovers.


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