Works-For-Me Wednesday: Meals from leftovers


Some years ago someone gave me this list for “Planover Recipe Ideas” — meal ideas that can be made from leftovers. I don’t know who made up the original list. But this contains several ideas of possible dishes you could make with leftover meats or potatoes from another meal. In some cases there might be just enough leftover to use some of these for lunch ideas for a couple of people, but in some cases you might have enough for a whole meal. You could also plan to make extra meat or potatoes and use the “planned leftovers” for some of the following. The list is just as I received it — I don’t have measurements or proportions. I think for many of these you could just “wing it” — for others you could search for a more specific recipe.
Roast Beef:

Hot Beef Sandwiches (meat slices with gravy over French bread)
Beef Salad Sandwiches (diced beef, celery, low-fat mayonnaise)
Beef slices in Pita Bread ( tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts, or romaine)
Beef and Peas on Baked Potatoes (beef, gravy, peas, tomato sauce)
Chili Con Carne on Rice (Beef, chili hot beans, tomato, onions)
Enchiladas (diced beef, shredded cheese in corn tortillas topped with tomato sauce and enchilada sauce mixture)
Beef Stir Fry (slivers of beef, gravy, soy sauce, sliced vegetables)
Beef Chunks and Gravy Over Noodles or Rice
Beef Barbeque with Potatoes (barbeque sauce and onions)
Beef Stew (beef, potatoes, carrots, green beans, tomatoes)
Beef Stroganoff (beef chunks, sour cream, onions, mushrooms, cream of mushroom soup)
Beef Hash (diced beef, potatoes, carrots, peas, ketchup)


Chicken Salad (diced chicken, salad dressing, pineapple, almonds)
Hot Chicken Salad (diced chicken, celery, nuts, salad dressing)
Chicken Almond Curry on Rice (slivered chicken, almonds, pimento, white sauce, dash of curry spice)
Creamy Chicken (chicken, sour cream, onions, white sauce)
Pepper Chicken on Rice (chicken, green peppers, onions, gravy)
Chicken Stir Fry (chicken, gravy, soy sauce, sliced vegetables)
Mexican Chicken (layer chicken, cheese, corn tortillas with sauce of onions, tomato sauce, cream of chicken soup, and chili)
Chicken Paprika (chicken, onion, broth, paprika, sour cream)
Chicken Bog (chicken, broth, rice, pepper, polska kielbasa)
Chicken and Dumplins (chicken, gravy, dumplins)
Enchiladas (shredded chicken, shredded cheese in corn tortillas topped with tomato sauce and enchilada sauce mixture)
Broiled Oriental Chicken (chicken, soy sauce, garlic salt, pepper)
Teriyaki Chicken (chicken, soy sauce, sugar, onions, broth)
Chicken Pie (diced chicken, gravy, peas, carrots, pie crust)
Chicken Barbeque (chicken, barbeque sauce)


Ham Omelet (eggs, diced ham, onions, cheese, vegetables)
Ham Salad (diced ham, celery or relish, salad dressing)
Split Pea Soup (split peas, ham chunks, water, grated carrots)
Pinto Beans (pinto beans, ham chunks, water, garlic salt)
Quiche (pie shell, evaporated milk, diced ham, eggs, Swiss cheese, cooked chopped broccoli)
Pasta Salad (diced ham, pasta, green pepper, Italian dressing)
Swedish Rolls (rolls with ham slices and Swiss cheese topped with mixture of melted butter, mustard, onion flakes and Worcestershire sauce)
Chicken Cordon Bleu (roll ham slice with Swiss cheese slice in raw chicken breast, then dip in egg mixture and coat with bread crumb mix. Drizzle with melted butter; bake)
Ham Croquettes (chopped ham, thick white sauce, onion, chilled, formed into cones while rolling in bread crumbs)
Ham Patties (chopped ham, bread crumbs, onion, milk, egg)


Spaghetti (hamburger, spaghetti sauce, spaghetti noodles)
Lasagna (hamburger, spaghetti sauce, pureed tomatoes, lasagna noodles, mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, Parmesan, egg — cover with plastic wrap and bake in microwave for 22 minutes)
Chili (hamburger, chili hot beans, onion, chili, catsup)
Sloppy Joes (hamburger, catsup, Worcestershire, mustard)
Stuffed Peppers (hamburger rice, tomato sauce, cheese)
Tamale Pie (hamburger, sliced canned tamales, torn corn tortillas, whole corn kernels, cheese)
Hamburger Stew (hamburger, water, potatoes, tomatoes, celery, car- rots, rosemary, thyme, onions, corn, green beans)
Hamburger Macaroni and Cheese (hamburger, mac & cheese)
Hungarian Goulash (hamburger, macaroni, tomato sauce, cheese)
Baked Bean Savory (hamburger, baked beans, sage, ketchup)
Haystacks (hamburger and baked beans placed on rice and corn chips, topped with cheese, lettuce, green pepper, and onion)
Hamburger Maindish (hamburger, cream cheese, ketchup, cream of mushroom soup, topped with biscuits)

Baked Potatoes:

Country Fried Potatoes (slice and fry on sprayed skillet)
Potato Salad (potatoes, eggs, celery, salad dressing)
Broiled Potato Wedges (wedged potatoes, oil spray, herbs)
Twice Baked Potatoes (potatoes, cheese or sour cream, herbs)
Spanish Omelet (eggs with diced potato, onion, cooked bacon)
German Potato Salad (potatoes, green pepper, onion, cooked bacon, vinegar dressing)

See more workable ideas at Rocks In My Dryer.

10 thoughts on “Works-For-Me Wednesday: Meals from leftovers

  1. Thankfully my family is great at eating leftovers. This list is particularly helpful though in making the leftovers not so much left-over. Thanks for posting it.

  2. Thanks for this great list, Barbara. My husband, friends and family call me the queen of leftovers! *smile* I’ve even had friends and family call me and ask me what to do with leftovers or meat that they’ve had in the freezer for awhile and need to use. I’m printing out this list for future use!!

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