Don't throw out the leftover meals! Turn last night’s dinner into an entirely new dish with these easy, low-cost recipes
Cost per serving: $2.81
Modify this recipe with leftover steak. You can substitute a different cut to use what you have on hand, such as skirt steak in place of flank steak. With just a few simple ingredients, these meaty wraps really satisfy.
See recipe: Chili-Rubbed Flank Steak Wraps
Cost per serving: $2.49
Leftover: Chorizo or sausage
If you have extra chorizo left over from a summer barbecue, you can incorporate it into this tasty recipe. The spicy one-skillet dish has minimal clean-up, so it's ideal for an easy weeknight meal.
See recipe: Chicken and Chorizo Paella
Cost per serving: $5.65
This recipe calls for roasting a whole pork tenderloin, but if you’ve got some extra cooked pork in the fridge, simply swap it in for a speedy, satisfying meal.
See recipe: Cuban Pork Sandwiches
Cost per serving: $2.61
When you’re cooking chicken, it’s worth throwing a few extra pieces on the grill (or under the broiler) so you can enjoy these easy, crispy tostadas the next day.
See recipe: Chicken and Red Bean Tostadas
Cost per Serving: $1.93
If you start with a store-cooked rotisserie chicken, these sandwiches come together in a snap. Customize the taste by adding sliced onion, bacon, roasted peppers, sliced cheese or coleslaw.
See recipe: Chicken Salad Club Sandwiches
Cost per serving: $1.58
This slow-cooker favorite calls for two bone-in chicken breasts. To make it with leftover or rotisserie chicken, skip the step where you brown the meat, and simply add the leftover chicken to the mixture as is.
See recipe: White Bean and Chicken Chili
Cost per serving: $2.45
Leftover: Steak, chicken or pork
If you don’t have time to cook a skirt steak, leftover steak tastes just as great. Chicken or pork would be delicious in this recipe as well.
See recipe: Steak Salad
Cost per serving: $1.73
Leftover: French bread
French bread goes stale quickly, so if you have a slightly hardened loaf on your kitchen counter, use it to make this classic Italian appetizer. Add a salad on the side, and you can serve it as a light dinner.
See recipe: Shrimp Bruschetta
Cost per serving: $2.70
If you prepare a whole turkey breast on the weekend, you can savor these irresistible warm sandwiches all week long.
See recipe: Turkey, Brie and Pear Sandwiches
Cost per serving: $2.40
Next time you make a batch of rice, prepare a few extra cups, then use the remainder in this quick recipe. (Fried rice actually turns out better when made with leftover rice than when the rice is fresh.) This is also the perfect use for the rice left over from a takeout Chinese meal. Use brown rice to boost the nutritional content.
See recipe: Vegetable Fried Rice
Cost per serving: 35¢
Leftover: Egg yolk
If you like egg-white omelets, you’ll end up with some extra yolks. Instead of tossing them out, use them in this luscious custard for a special treat.
See recipe: Cappuccino Custard
Cost per serving: $1.63
Leftover: Pound cake
Have extra pound cake from last night's dessert? Dress it up with this simple (and scrumptious!) recipe. It only takes 10 minutes to prepare and can be made with whatever berries you have on hand.
See recipe: Pound Cake and Fruit Parfaits
Cost per serving: 8¢
Leftover: Egg whites
When you’ve got egg whites left over from another recipe, use that as an excuse to whip up these easy meringue cookies.
See recipe: Chocolate Meringue Kisses