Sure, there are days when you have endless hours to spend creating family dinners, but let's be honest: Sometimes you barely have 15 minutes to get the family fed and ready for extracurricular activities. Here are our top picks for quick but flavorful dinner recipe ideas using leftovers.
Basically fried rice is the go-to recipe when you have leftover rice. It hits the spot every time.
A tried-and-true recipe, this broccoli, rice and chicken casserole is perfect for all those rice and chicken leftovers from the week.
A twist on the traditional fried rice, this fried Thai quinoa is for those craving a little more spice in their life.
Trying to be healthy while still eating leftovers? Use your leftover quinoa in this spinach-quinoa salad with roasted grapes, pears and almonds.
Need a little something more exotic? Try your hand at this easy but flavorful Indian-inspired coconut curry quinoa when you have leftover quinoa.
Whip up some eggs, and throw in your leftover pasta for this pasta frittata.
Take leftover spaghetti to new heights with these spaghetti balls with meat sauce.
Always a classic, baked pasta recipes like this baked pasta with sausage and spinach is the perfect way to rid yourself of leftovers and turn them into a delicious meal.
If you're anything like us, you always have leftover lasagna noodles. Make this lasagna soup, and you'll be making noodles for this recipe, not the original lasagna.
Caramelized onions and leftover pasta make this French onion spaghetti pie a sublime idea.
Throw your leftover steak on top of greens with a delicious vinaigrette, and you have this gorgeous steak salad with blue cheese, avocado and basil-balsamic dressing.
Grilled some lamb chops but have a couple lying around the fridge? Make these rosemary-garlic-crusted lamb chops.
Use marinated steak to whip up this easy Chipotle Mexican steak and cilantro-lime rice burritos.
Put together this steak, pear and Gorgonzola flatbread in minutes if you have leftover steak.
Have leftover rotisserie chicken? This barbecue chicken cornbread pie is the way to use up those leftovers.
Mexican chicken and rice casserole, the perfect casserole for leftover chicken and rice.
Warm up on a cool winter night with leftover vegetables to make this easy pork ramen.
Any sort of protein plus vegetables makes delicious dishes, like this beef teriyaki and vegetables.
Feeling under the weather? Grab any leftovers you have to make this brothy chicken vegetable soup with rice.
We're all over the awesome flavors this hot and sour noodle stir-fry peanut chicken offers.
Lentils are such a great protein source, so try them in this couscous with lentils and vegetables recipe.
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