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What to Do With Leftovers

Amid a busy week, it’s usually not realistic to cook and prepare three meals and two snacks every single day. Meal prepping and batch cooking play an enormous role in establishing healthy habits and getting food on the table, but knowing how to jazz up those leftover meals and ingredients is a unique skill that can save you an immense amount of time and money. Plus, transforming leftovers into something new helps to vastly reduce food waste.

If you’re wondering what to do with your leftovers, here are some common leftover ingredients and how you can breathe new life into them.

What to Do with Leftovers

Cooked Rice + Other Gluten-Free Grains

We actually like to cook extra rice and gluten-free grains specifically so we have some left over! If you have leftover rice on hand, use it to:

Almond Pulp

We like making nut milk from scratch, so we end up with a lot of leftover nut and seed pulp! Save the pulp in a bag or jar in the freezer, and when you’ve got enough here are 9 ways to use it.

Cooked Chicken or Turkey

A common leftover ingredient, especially around the holiday season. Here’s what you can do with cooked chicken or turkey leftovers:


Veggie or meat burgers are great recipes for batch cooking, but sometimes you don’t want to have them the same old way in buns or lettuce leaves. Instead, try serving leftover burgers:

With a side of healthy baked French Fries
Crumbled up over a salad
Broken up into hamburger soup or lasagna soup
In a bolognese sauce with gluten-free pasta or zucchini noodles
As a healthy pizza topping

Salad Greens

Didn’t use up all of your dark leafy greens this week? That’s OK! Get extra life out of your greens before they go bad by:

Juicing them with low-glycemic fruits
Blanch, chop and freeze for later
Blitz with olive oil, lemon, nutritional yeast and sunflower seeds for a nut-free pesto
Make a few green smoothies and freeze them
Wilt them at the end of cooking one-pot meals or Instant Pot meals
Bake kale chips

Roasted Vegetables

We like to eat lots of veggies here at the Academy of Culinary Nutrition, and roasting them…


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