Meals to Make with Leftovers

Tired of tossing perfectly good leftovers? These inventive meals to make with leftovers are so delicious you'll think they're new. Whether you're using leftover cooked chicken, salmon, beef, or pork, there's a mouthwatering meal idea for you here.

Spaghetti with Meat Loaf Sauce

Made with leftover Mediterranean Meat Loaf, the sauce for this hearty pasta dish is thick and rich.

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Salmon Cakes with Caper Mayonnaise

These mouthwatering salmon cakes come together easily with leftover cooked salmon. Enjoy their tender flavor with creamy, zesty caper mayo.

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Turkey and Bean Soup

Looking for meals to make with your leftover roasted turkey? This combination of turkey, roasted vegetables, and cannellini beans makes a satisfying soup supper.

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Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry

You can serve this stir-fry with a little aromatic jasmine or basmati rice. If you're using leftover chicken breast, it whips together in just a few minutes.

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Salmon Tacos

If healthful fish tacos are new to you, this crunchy, creamy version is a great way to try them. Plus, they make great use of leftover cooked salmon.

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Versatile Vegetable Soup

The ultimate what's-on-hand recipe, vegetable soup adapts to Southwestern, Italian, or Asian influences with equal ease. Use leftover cooked veggies to cut the prep time.

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Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

This isn't that same old-fashioned chicken casserole. Reduced-fat soup and semi-soft cheese as well as fat-free milk make it up-to-date for today's concerns about fat and calories. Use leftover cooked chicken breast.

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Shredded Pork Sandwiches

Have leftover pork roast? Make these tender shredded pork sandwiches. To save a few extra carbohydrates, skip the bun and enjoy the slow-cooked pork shoulder topped with a spoonful of the broccoli slaw mixture.

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Italian Wedding Soup

Have leftover meatballs? Try this hearty soup. Italian wedding soup gets its name from the marriage of meat and greens. You can use ground beef, pork, or lamb.

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Chicken Pot Pie

We made this savory pie more healthful by stir-frying the vegetables using nonstick cooking spray instead of butter or margarine and using cooked chicken breast rather than dark meat.

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Turkey Reuben

Take that leftover cooked turkey breast and fix tangy reuben sandwiches. This recipe uses reduced-calorie Thousand Island salad dressing and swaps turkey and lightly dressed coleslaw for corned beef and sauerkraut -- all in the interest of better health and great taste.

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Chicken-Brown Rice Salad

Fix this fun spin on the classic salad that's low in fat and high in protein. It makes great use of leftover cooked chicken breast.

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Southwestern Shredded Beef Sandwiches

Want to try something new with your leftover cooked pot roast? Shred it and make tender, cheesy sandwiches with this spicy recipe.

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Beef Soup with Root Vegetables

Potatoes, turnips, and sweet potatoes add a touch of sweetness to traditional beef soup. They also pack in potassium and beta-carotene, which help prevent heart disease and supply a bevy of cancer-fighting nutrients. Use leftover steak and save time.

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Turkey and Sweet Potato Chowder

Use leftover cooked turkey breast to make this thick and hearty soup. Mashing the potato thickens the soup without adding carbs.

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