20 drool-worthy recipes that'll make the most of your leftovers
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Did you know 72 billion pounds of perfectly good food ends up in landfills and incinerators every year? Yikes. But one creative way to fight against food waste is to repurpose your leftovers into new AND equally delicious recipes. Friday dinner = Saturday brunch = happier you!

Whether you’ve got extra rice or rosemary, here are 20 drool-worthy recipes that’ll transform your leftovers into something new… and ensure you stay nourished with every last bite!

20 drool-worthy recipes that’ll make the most of your leftovers

Leftover Pasta Recipes

1. Vegan Fusilli Pasta Salad

This Fusilli Pasta Salad from Fork in the Road takes only 10 minutes! We love it because it doesn’t requires tons of ingredients and still tastes delicious. P.S. It makes for a great brunch dish! 

2. Mind-Blowing Vegan Mac and Cheese

YUM. Who can resist a hearty, cozy bowl of mac and cheese? Try this recipe from Broma Bakery which uses cashews, nutritional yeast, and elbow noodles. 

3. Vegan Pesto Pasta

Vegan Pesto Pasta
Vegan Pesto Pasta from The Wholesome Culture Cookbook

This Vegan Pesto Pasta recipe from The Wholesome Culture Cookbook uses so much plant-based goodness like spinach, pine nuts, olive oil, and basil. 

Leftover Grains Recipes

4. Roasted Veggie Grain Bowl with Avocado and Hummus

Veggie Grain Bowl with Avocado and Hummus
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This grain bowl from Lemons and Basil is LOADED with veggies, grains, and healthy fats. We love it for brunch, lunch, and dinner. 

5. Roasted Veggie & Brown Rice Bowl

Roasted Veggie Brown Rice Bowl
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Who knew one bowl could have so much plant-based yumminess?! This bowl from Veggie Inspired is made with cauliflower, carrots, broccoli, chickpeas, and brown rice. 

6. Lentil Grain Bowl with Matcha Dressing

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Grateful Grazer’s Lentil Grain Bowl with Matcha Dressing is an amazing way to take advantage of extra farro, broccoli, and lentils. And if you don’t have farro — brown rice, quinoa, and barely are easy swaps.

7. Vegan Fried Rice with Tofu

Vegan Fried Rice
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Got extra rice and tofu? This fried rice recipe from Choosing Chia is a yummy creation for any time of the day — morning or night!

8. Roasted Carrots with Farro & Chickpeas

If you want to take advantage of veggies and grains in your kitchen, try this recipe from Cookie + Kate. (Make it vegan by swapping the sauce with a tahini sauce instead!).

9. Turmeric Rice

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A NEW recipe is on my blog elavegan.com for this flavorful Turmeric Rice! 😍 . This golden rice with coconut is healthy, vegan, easy to make, can be made oil-free, and is naturally gluten-free! 😃 . I served it with mushroom Stroganoff and stuffed potato cakes. 😋 . The recipe link for the turmeric rice is in my highlighted Insta stories (@elavegan) or google "turmeric rice elavegan". 😀 . Have a wonderful Thursday! 💛 . https://elavegan.com/turmeric-rice-recipe/ . . . 🇩🇪 Ein NEUES Rezept ist auf meinem Blog für diesen aromatischen Kurkuma Reis. 😍 . Dieser goldene Reis mit Kokos ist gesund, vegan, einfach zu machen, kann auch ohne Öl zubereitet werden und ist glutenfrei. 😃 . Dazu gab es Pilz Stroganoff und gefüllte Kartoffelküchlein. 😋 . Den Link zum Rezept findet ihr in meinem Profil (@elavegan) + Insta stories. 😀 . Ich wünsche euch noch einen wunderschönen Donnerstag Abend! 💛 . . . . . . #turmericrice #stirfry #stroganoff #goldenrice #dinner #vegandinner #potatocakes #whatveganseat #veganfood #vegansofig #glutenfreedinner #foodblog #foodblogger #eeeeeats #bestofvegan #LetsCookVegan #veganbowls #veganfortheanimals #feedfeed #veganrecipes #cleaneats #cleaneating #instafood #veganrecipe

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Skip dirtying a bunch of dishes. Instead, try this 1-pot recipe for Turmeric Rice from Ela Vegan. It’s made with brown rice, lots of spices, and coconut milk (so much flavor!).

10. Vegan Coconut Rice Pudding

Indulge your sweet tooth while using your leftover rice with this Vegan Coconut Rice Pudding from Choosing Chia. Plus, somehow it tastes even better because it’s so pretty on a plate!

Leftover Greens Recipes

11. Vegan Green Goddess Grilled Cheese

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Have you tried my Green Goddess Grilled Cheese yet? It’s the ultimate comfort food 😋 Because you don’t have to deprive yourself or eat just salads when you’re vegan. What is your #1 comfort food? Let me know below and I might just veganize it! Find this grilled cheese recipe on the blog, linked in bio at rainbowplantlife.com 💚 . . . . . #letscookvegan #feedfeed #beautifulcuisines #grilledcheese #veganfoodspot #carbsoncarbs #foodandwine #bestofvegan #veganworldshare #onthetable #foodporn #vegancomfortfood #starchsolution #foodiegram #cutcarbscutlife #veganrecipe #veganfoodporn #foodblogfeed #cheatmeal #foodphotography #tastingtable #sandwich #treatyoself #plantbaseddiet #foodstagram #foodpics #foodpics #whatveganseat #noleftovers #forkyeah

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This drool-worthy Green Goddess Grilled Cheese recipe from Rainbow Plant Life is e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. And it makes great use of extra greens you’ve got!

12. Kale Chip Nachos

Kale Chip Nachos
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Kale + black beans + sweet potatoes = these insanely good Kale Chip Nachos from Minimalist Baker. 

13. Kale Guacamole

Kale Guacamole
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Put a little twist in your guac with kale leaves! We’re fans of this Kale Guacamole recipe from Cookie + Kate, which combines kale, avocado, lime juice and cilantro.

Leftover Herbs Recipes

14. Coconut Oil Blueberry Scones with Rosemary

Blueberry Rosemary Scones
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Sneak herbs into your baked goods with these Coconut Oil Blueberry Scones with Rosemary from The Minimalist Baker. They take only 25 minutes to make + 5 minutes of prep, which makes them even sweeter in our books.

15. The Ultimate Buddha Bowl

The Ultimate Buddha Bowl
The Ultimate Buddha Bowl recipe from The Wholesome Culture Cookbook

This Ultimate Buddha Bowl recipe from The Wholesome Culture Cookbook will use up extra cilantro and oregano + it’s a great base for other herbs you’ve got stocked.

16. Herb-Infused Ice Cubes

Herb Infused Ice Cubes
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Make your staying hydrated feel fancier than ever with these Herb-Infused Ice Cubes from The Merry Thought. And it’s a fun (and easy) way to make the most of herbs before they start to turn. Tip: Boil the water first to make your ice cubes extra clear.

17. Easy Vegan Pesto

Easy Vegan Pesto
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Not sure want to do with your extra basil? Pesto coming your way! We love this recipe from Minimalist Baker — it uses two cups of basil, along with other good-for-you ingredients like garlic cloves and olive oil. And it takes only five minutes to whip up.

18. Rosemary and Peppercorn Olive Oil

Rosemary and Peppercorn Olive Oil
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Put a little twist in your olive oil by adding fresh rosemary and peppercorn. Check out the recipe from @memeinge.

Leftover Tomato Sauce

19. Vegan Meatballs

If you’re skeptical to try vegan meatballs, this recipe from Simple Vegan Blog will you make you happy you went out of your comfort zone. And if you’ve got extra tomato sauce, you’ll save yourself the extra sauce-making step.

20. Vegan Shakshuka

Reinvent your tomato pasta sauce and put it to good use with this Vegan Shakshuka recipe from dietitiandebbie.com. Grab some warm pita and you’re good to go!

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