Busy weeknights, hectic weekends…sometimes you just don’t have time to cook. That’s why, by this point, you’ve probably memorized the phone number/bookmarked the URL of your favourite takeout joint. And, if you’re anything like us, you probably have a tendency to over-order. (Hey, there’s a reason why they advise you not to grocery-shop when hungry!)
If that’s true, it probably also means you have lots of leftovers the next day. Sure, they’re tasty and all, but sometimes you just want to spruce them up and have some meal variety. We get it, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with leftover takeout recipes that span from pizza and Indian to Mexican and Chinese. Feast your eyes on them, below.
14 tasty meals you can make with leftover takeout
Leftover Short RibsPeel them off the bone and use them as your next pizza topping, alongside a little smoked gouda and a drizzle of cream sauce. It's...shall we say...gouda!
GET THE RECIPEPerpetually Hungry
Leftover Butter ChickenWe all dip our naan into the butter chicken sauce and rice anyhow; why not make your leftovers that much easier with this pot pie version?
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Leftover Chicken WingsSure, you could just pop those suckers back in the oven and eat 'em whole. Or, you could shred them into this delightful dip and spread it on warm baguette. Your call.
GET THE RECIPEGimme Some Oven
Leftover Rotisserie ChickenSure, it's delicious that night, but the next day the chicken has a tendency to get a little dry. Bring it back to life with this riff on poutine.
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Leftover RotisserieNot into waffle fries? Maybe you'd prefer your reheated chicken with a little dose of cheese and a whole lot of delicious enchilada sauce.
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Leftover PizzaIf you're not feeling cold pizza for breakfast the next day, simply cut it up and throw it in your next quiche. That's what we call a great start to the morning.
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Leftover Fried ChickenNot feeling that KFC the next day? Throw strips of warmed up chicken with some slaw and wrap it in a tortilla. Hello heavenly lunch!
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Leftover FajitasIt doesn't matter if you've got extra steak, chicken or veggies. All you need to do is throw it all between two tortillas with some cheese and throw it in the oven. Presto: a brand new meal in minutes.
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Leftover Tikka MasalaThese turnovers are little pockets of heaven. Spicy, masala-flavoured heaven.
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Leftover DumplingsHad enough fried food the night before? Turn those dumplings into a hearty, heartwarming soup instead.
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Leftover RiceWhat's better than little balls of deep-fried rice? Little balls of deep-fried rice stuffed with cheese. These arancini balls work with the regular white stuff, or your favourite fried rice variety.
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Leftover RiceAgain, this works with any kind of rice you've got on hand -- white, brown or fried. Simply throw it in a casserole dish with a few key ingredients and voila! A one-dish dinner.
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Leftover RiceFeeling like something sweet? There's no better rice than leftover white takeout rice made into a yummy rice pudding.
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Leftover PastaSometimes you just need a carb overload, and there's no better way to achieve that than by putting pasta in garlic bread and making yourself a sammie. Just go for it already. Everyone needs an extra layer of warmth for the winter.
GET THE RECIPEThe Recipe Rebel