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What to do With Leftover Vegetables: A Quick an Easy Supper Recipe

Updated on March 7, 2018
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Gabriel likes to use up all the leftovers and this dish is a favourite one.

Leftover Vegetable Recipe: Quick and Easy

Vegetable Mash Topped With A Fried Egg
Vegetable Mash Topped With A Fried Egg | Source

The other evening after a long day, I arrived home to an almost empty fridge; not a usual predicament in my house I must say. Rather than head back out to the supermarket I decided to embark on a new recipe. I emptied the contents of my fridge, (which didn't take long) and began preparing supper from meager leftovers.

The cooked vegetables were from prior dinners and the other bits and pieces were either going stale in the back of my fridge or in my dry store cupboard. The eggs were the only fresh ingredient (always use fresh eggs) I used. I keep chickens in the back yard so I always have fresh eggs.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Serves 4

Make And Rate

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Ingredients (leftovers as found in my fridge)

  • 100 grams (more or less) of cheddar cheese (or any cheese), grated
  • 1 medium bowl of cold cooked potatoes, mashed
  • 1 cup of cold cooked pumpkin, mashed
  • 1/2 a cup of cold cooked white beans
  • 2 cold cooked carrots, sliced and diced
  • 1/2 a white onion, peeled and diced
  • a knob of butter
  • a splash of milk
  • 4 fresh raw eggs
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • salt and cracked black pepper to season
  • parsley sprigs to garnish
  • a drizzle of olive oil to serve


  • Melt the butter in a deep bottomed pot.
  • Add the diced onion and fry till soft and translucent.
  • Add in the diced cooked carrots.
  • Follow with the mashed potatoes, pumpkin and the white beans.
  • Stir to mix well.
  • Pour in a splash of milk.
  • Mash the ingredients together.
  • Heat through.
  • Sprinkle over the cheddar cheese.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Put a lid on the pot and reduce the heat to it's lowest setting.
  • Heat the vegetable oil and fry your eggs.

To Serve

  • Spoon your vegetable mash onto warmed plates and top with a soft fried egg.
  • Garnish with a parsley sprig and drizzle over a little olive oil.
  • If you have any chives, snip a few over the mash before adding the egg. Delicious.

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Potato Cakes

Fried Potato Cake
Fried Potato Cake | Source

Cook's Tips

  • Any leftover cooked vegetables will work in this recipe: turnip; parsnip; sweet potato; broccoli, sweet corn; peas; cabbage; leeks; peppers to name but a few.
  • Left over cooked meats will add bulk to this supper. Shred or dice the meat and add with the vegetables.
  • Left over cooked sausages add loads of flavor. Chop and add with the vegetables.
  • Any left over cheeses, soft or hard will work when using potatoes or sweet potatoes.
  • A sprinkle of diced spring onions or snipped chives through the vegetable mash will add texture and colour.
  • If fried eggs aren't your thing make a batch of creamy parsley sauce and pour over the vegetable mash instead of topping with an egg.
  • Another option would be to fry the mash (see pic above of fried potato cake). Heat a little vegetable oil in a pan and add a dollop of the mash. Cook for 3 minutes and then flip to cook the other side. I use a metal ring to get a nice even look but hey that's just moi.

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Quick Comment

Admittedly this recipe is not the most exciting of dishes, but it is a quick, easy, cheap and really tasty recipe. In fact this dish has become a regular satisfying supper in my house. Plus it's a great way to get the kids to eat their vegetables.

Of course vegetables are cheap, versatile and most importantly they're good for us. The next time your fridge is looking a little bare apart from a few leftover vegetables by pass the soup pot and try out this vegetable mash dish instead.

When you have left over vegetables the most important thing is to store them correctly: once the vegetables are completely cold store in sealable containers in the fridge for no more than two to three days.

These days we need to be economic in every aspect of our lives. Food waste can be a huge waste in many homes. Use your imagination and invent or change recipes to make the most of the foods you buy.

© 2012 Gabriel Wilson


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      Thank you very much for telling me. I really appreciate it.

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