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Reuse Leftover Chicken, Fish and Vegetables into Delicious Recipes!

Updated on November 14, 2017
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Delicious recipe prepared with leftover chicken salami and pasta.
Delicious recipe prepared with leftover chicken salami and pasta. | Source

Leftover Foods: Turn Them Into Delicious Recipes Again

  • © Chitrangada Sharan Jan. 2013

All Rights Reserved.

  • The purpose of writing this artitle is to reuse the leftover foods, so that one can save money as well as avoid wastage of Food.
  • This is a universal problem almost in every kitchen, all over the World.
  • You relish the freshly made bread, vegetables, cakes, desserts so much, but when you have leftovers, nobody in the family wants to eat it.
  • But can you throw away the food you prepared with so much effort?
  • No, you can't and you shouldn't.
  • Food materials are grown in fields with much labour and are expensive and we must remember that.
  • Having fresh fruits and vegetables and other groceries at your doorstep, in the kitchen involves continuous hard work of many days and many people.
  • We should also keep in mind that many poor people have to sleep without any food, because they cannot afford it.

Here are some options to reuse the food which can be left in the kitchen.

Leftover food recipes
Leftover food recipes | Source

Using Leftover Chicken and Fish to make delicious recipes

Many a times after hosting a big party---some pieces of fried fish or some grilled chicken pieces are leftover.

Interesting and delicious recipes can be created with them, although they are the leftovers.

1. If the chicken is boneless, it is easy. Fry some chopped onion, garlic, ginger, capsicum, green peas and add chicken pieces. Now combine either boiled rice or boiled pasta into it. Add salt, pepper, chilly flakes. Fry for 3 to 4 minutes and your tasty treat is ready.

2. The leftover chicken or fish pieces can also be added in fresh soups or gravies.

3. You can just use a little bit of imagination to convert leftover chicken into delicious kebabs and leftover fish into tempting fish balls or fish pakodas.

4. You can shred the leftover chicken or fish into small pieces and spread them over a chapati or bread slice. Add grated cheese( optional), onion rings, lettuce leaves and tomato sauce. Roll them and your chicken roll or fish roll is ready to be eaten.

Fish pakodas with leftover fish pieces—yummy!
Fish pakodas with leftover fish pieces—yummy! | Source

5 delicious leftover turkey recipes, source: YouTube

How To Use Leftover Bread:

Leftover Bread:

When the bread is freshly baked from the oven, it tastes delicious but when 2 or 3 slices are somehow left, it becomes hard and no one wants to eat them.

1. It is a good idea to cut the leftover bread into small squares, fry them and use them in soups and salads. The crispiness of such breads add to the taste of your soups and salads.

2. You can even use the leftover bread for binding purposes in cutlets and kebabs.

Just soak them in water for few seconds, squeeze out the water, mash and mix in the required mixture. This acts as a perfect binding ingredient.

3. You can dry the leftover bread in the Sun or simply microwave it for a minute. Later on grind it in the food processor to obtain home made breadcrumbs.

Leftover veggies
Leftover veggies | Source

How To Use Leftover Vegetables, Lentils (Daal)

Mix Leftover Veggies and Lentils along with the Dough:

  • You can mash and mix left over vegetables in the whole wheat dough to roll into chapatis or the Indian parathas or rolls.
  • If required you can puree them or mash, before kneading along with the dough.
  • Leftover daal or lentils, if mashed and kneaded with wheat flour, can be made into delicious parathas. You may add spices and coriander leaves, if you like.
  • Similarly you might have some leftover boiled vegetables.
  • Boiled leftover vegetables can be combined and mashed to make vegetable cutlets.

Add some spices and fresh mint leaves to enhance the flavuors.

Coat with breadcrumbs and shallow fry them.

  • Leftover vegetables can be fried along with leftover white boiled rice. It wil taste better if fresh , fried onion rings are added to it along with fresh and green coriander.

Add leftover vegetables to leftover ice with spices and a delicious, wholesome meal is ready.
Add leftover vegetables to leftover ice with spices and a delicious, wholesome meal is ready. | Source

How To Use Leftover Fruits:

  • . Some of the fruits like banana taste best when they are fresh.

If they are leftover for two days, no one wants to eat them.

You can mash them and add in cake batters to make lovely banana cakes.

Adding cinnamon powder and spices will add to its taste.

  • Leftover fruits can be cut into small pieces and caramelized with a little sugar and cinnamon powder.

It tastes great as a dessert.

  • Leftover fruits such as apple pieces, pineapple chunks, grapes etc. can be combined into custards or puddings.
  • Overripe fruits can be combined into milkshakes or curd shakes.

Leftover fruits can be combined into custards or fruit milk shakes
Leftover fruits can be combined into custards or fruit milk shakes | Source

Why to reuse leftover food?

The main purpose of using leftover food is to avoid wastage and thereby save some money. In addition to the above mentioned recipes, there can be several other delicious options.

It generally happens after a party, that no one wants to eat the same food, which they relished the day before during the party.

With a little creativity and imagination, you can think of so many other ways to make the leftover foods tasty again.

In this way not only, will you save your money but save the planet as well, by not wasting food.

ALWAYS REMEMBER, THE FOOD YOU ARE THROWING, COULD HAVE BEEN A MEAL FOR SOME POOR PERSON!

© Chitrangada Sharan 25th Jan. 2013

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Awesome recipes with leftover foods, source: YouTube

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      6 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank You Rajan Ji for appreciating the article! It means a lot coming from you.

      I genuinely believe that food should not be wasted. And thus I always find new ways of reusing leftover food items.

      Thank You for reading and commenting!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very useful tips to use leftover foods. Invariably most of regularly have leftover food which cannot & should not go to waste as you explain.

      Numerous ideas in your article will help one decide how to turn these leftovers into dishes of one's choice.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nithya, for your positive comments!

      Glad to learn that you liked the message of this hub.

      Appreciate your visit and support. Thank you!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Dianna, for your generous comments!

      I am glad you liked the hub and the message. Your idea of using leftovers is interesting and I would love to try it.

      Thank you!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 years ago from Dubai

      Great post and yes the food that we throw away could have been a meal for a poor person. Informative and useful hub, thank you for sharing.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      2 years ago

      We use our leftovers around here. As you say, it is a great way to avoid waste and make your budget stretch. One of our favorite tricks is to make a pot of beans and use it all week in different dishes, salads, hummus, veggie burgers, pasta, etc. Love this post!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks cmoneyspinner1tf, for reading, commenting and sharing this hub!

      Glad to meet you! Thanks!

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      Treathyl FOX 

      4 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Shared this to my Facebook foodie page. Thanks for connecting with me via Google+.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks MarleneB, for reading this hub and your appreciative comments. Yes, we can use the left over food to make them interesting again, thereby avoiding wastage and saving money.

      I am sure you will get many more ideas.

      Thanks and have a good day!

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      5 years ago from USA

      You have come up with some mighty fine tips for leftovers. Amazingly, I have never heard of any of these uses for leftovers, but now that you mention them, they all sound wonderful. In our house, we often have leftover bread - the last few pieces. I think I'll try your idea of turning them into tasty morsels to place in my next salad. Thanks.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks North Wind, for understanding the purpose of writing this hub. I appreciate you're reading this hub and commenting.

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      North Wind 

      5 years ago from The World (for now)

      Good tips! I do agree that we should try our best not to waste food when there are those who are literally dying because they do not have any. I do try my best to use all of my leftovers.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks bzirkone, for visiting my hub. I appreciate your comments.

      You are so right, it feels bad to throw away the food, you prepared with so much hard work. Glad you found ways to reuse them.

      Thanks for your nice words!

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      bzirkone 

      5 years ago from Kansas

      Wow.. these are great ideas, especially for leftover bread. I bake a lot of bread and you are so right, the last few pieces get left on the cutting board.. I hate throwing them away because I worked so hard to make them and as you say, it is such a waste of money to to waste the ingredients. Great hub, glad I found you!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks DDE, for your support and appreciation. It means a lot to me.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great ideas and so easy to do to. A helpful way in getting rid of leftovers instead thrashing these goodies.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi kohuether!

      Thanks for reading this hub and your positive feedback. You are right, bread pudding is my favorite too.

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      Katherine Olga Tsoukalas 

      5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Interesting and fun ideas! Another thing I like to do with leftover bread is make bread pudding which is one of my favorite comfort foods.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks mr-veg, for your visit and comments. You got the point.

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      mr-veg 

      5 years ago from Colorado United States

      Nice tip Chitrangada, I agree we should try to minimize the food wastage always !!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks KoffeeKlatch Gals, for visiting and commenting on this hub.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      You have some very good suggestions for leftovers. Up and useful.

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