Quick Tips to Transform Your Leftovers May 19, 2016

by Eat

Leftovers are often marginalized to a basic microwave reheat, quick snack, or just plain forgotten about. However, with some quick thinking and a few added ingredients, you can transform ordinary leftovers into a brand new meal. Here is some food for thought on what’s often laying around in your fridge:



Simply throw together a few salad essentials and mix in chunks or bits of the leftover chicken for a convenient, light, healthy recipe. Dice up grapes, pecans, celery, and chives. Toss with olive oil, red wine vinegar, and seasoning. Mix with greens, chicken.


Heat up some broth, veggies, the chicken, noodles, herbs and all kinds of goodies into a pot. Warm for a timeless, easy classic. We like to use chopped carrots, sautéed onion and garlic, and some chives.



Leftover veggies, fruits, or both? Blend with ice, milk, peanut butter, and other nutrient rich ingredients for a speedy, delectable smoothie. It’s quick and nutritious! Bonus: even if you don’t have what you need on hand, you can toss leftover produce it in the freezer for future blends.


We use greek yogurt, almond milk, and peanut butter with whatever fruits and veggies are leftover. A sprinkle of grated ginger and a teaspoon of cinnamon also add a nice kick with sweeter flavors.


Leftover herbs are packed with flavor, but hard to transition into a meal of their own. We suggest capturing that flavor for meals to come – herb butter is one of the best ways to achieve this. Grab a stick of butter out of the fridge, add the flavor-packed herbs and a few other spices to create a lasting, tasty spread.


Our recipe consists of a tablespoon of butter, a teaspoon of dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and whatever spices we have on deck. Parsley, garlic, and mint are particularly delicious!


Warm up leftover beef, while packing in more taste with a classic beef stew. The array of other ingredients and flaky beef will create a melt in your mouth dinner! 


Our stew consists of: green beans, carrots, lemon, garlic, onion, lemon, and the beef (in chunks). Once you get it all in the pot it’s pretty easy to finish – and even more delicious to eat!



Leftover fruits, citrus and other refreshing flavors? These don’t last long, but can have their flavor transitioned in salads, rice bowls, and other quick, light dishes. One of the most popular ways to use any fruit leftover is with water – create an infused, delicious, refreshing thirst-quencher. Just soak the fruits for a few hours, and leave the rinds on – it will add flavor!

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Marsha Owens says:

I have a question and see no way to contact you. What if I am gluten and dairy (except for yogurt) intolerant? Can’t eat pasta, for example?


Genna says:

Hi there! Ingredient transparency is incredibly important to us, and we set out to make sure you know exactly what’s in your food. While we don’t offer a Gluten Free or dairy-free plan, we do try to include 2-3 Gluten Free meals per week, and we list all ingredients which include dairy. All of GF recipes are clearly marked as such, and you’ll have access to this information as well as the full recipe itself even before checkout. Otherwise, substituting and omitting is super easy, as everything is packaged and labeled separately. You’ll also see a full ingredients list and nutritional breakdown for each recipe on our website before you choose your meals.

If you have further questions about how HelloFresh can work for your dietary needs, please feel free to reach out to our Dietitian/Nutritionist at nutrition@hellofresh.com!

Darlene says:

I use my left over meats to make killer stir frys. Left over chicken, quinoa and some beautiful peppers makes a quick healthy meal and it’s really filling.

Genna says:

That sounds delicious Darlene, thanks for sharing!

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