New Dishes From Left-Over Takeout

This is a post that, while it doesn’t really pertain to us, might be useful to the rest of the world.

I know (I assume I know) from watching TV that a lot of the world regularly orders food from restaurants,,,, aka: takeout. Typically, it’s a situation comedy of some sort where one person asks the other what they would like for dinner, then pulls out a folder of restaurant menus and picks up the phone.

That’s not an option for us.

I know from eating in U.S. restaurants that portions sizes are normally huge – thus the ever-present doggie bag (?). Side note – At a restaurant in Spain I asked for a doggie bag. I had meat scraps on my plate I wanted to take to my dogs. They asked me where the dogs were. I said in the car. The owner came out with a big bag of scraps and bones and proceeded to feed it all to my dogs – which is what I would have done had I been allowed. Dogs were happy, the owner was happy and I kept my fingers clean.

I digress….

Large portions give leftovers.

Some dishes are better the next day but, sometimes, we just don’t want to eat it again. It needs to be repurposed,

With most of the world in quarantine and with a lot of the world able to get takeout I thought this might be useful. I particularly liked the idea of sharing.

How To Create New Dishes From Left-Over Takeouts

Remember that takeout that’s been sitting in your fridge for two days now because you don’t want to eat it anymore? Everyone has been there. Eating out is a great alternative to our usual home-cooked dinners. Although nothing can beat a warm home-cooked meal, sometimes it’s fun to eat out for a change to spice things up a little. 

If you are a parent, you may have take-outs in your pantry but they may not be enough for your next meal. When this happens, you are presented with an exciting opportunity to take things up a notch. 

There are many ways to recreate your leftovers that will make you a big hit with your family and neighbors as well. Share your recipe with them by sending a meal to their homes packed in incredible bags that will keep your food warm and insulated. 

Creative Ways To Recreate Your Takeouts Into New Meals

  1. Chicken

Chicken is the most popular takeout that you might also have at home. Since it is a versatile dish that can be cooked in so many ways, it is no wonder that you have a lot of chicken leftover in your house. 

If you just have tiny shreds and pieces of chicken you can turn these into homemade chicken tacos. Make sure that you serve them with guacamole, sour cream, and other condiments that you prefer. This is also a fun way to incorporate vegetables into your children’s food because after everything has been mixed and matched, it serves as one very delicious meal. 

Another interesting way you can cook chicken is by putting it in your fried rice. Add some egg and other leftover vegetables that you have in the fridge and you already have an all-in-one meal. You no longer need to prepare another dish since everything is already included in the fried rice. 

  1. Steak

Steak is also a popular leftover dish. One of the things that you can do with it is that you can toss it into a veggie stir fry for the whole family. This way you incorporate both protein and vegetables in a single dish. 

Another popular dish made using steak involves adding some broth and turning it into noodle soup. This allows you to expand the dish to feed more people. 

Did you know that you can also add steak to your salad? Prepare a simple Caprese salad, then top it with your leftover steak and it will be sure to balance out all the delicious flavors that are already in there. 

Leftover steak is basically beef, so why not whip it up into an amazing stew? Add in peppers, garlic, potatoes, and even tomato sauce depending on your preference, and you are on your way to one perfect dinner meal. 

  1. Pizza

Everyone has ordered pizza at least once in their lives without being able to finish it. There are many fun ways that you can turn pizza into another meal. For instance, one famous recipe that you can make is pizza lasagna. You can do this by cutting the leftover pizza into squares or strips and arranging them at the bottom of your pan where you will put the rest of the lasagna on top. 

If all you have left are pizza crusts, you can reuse them to make croutons. Simply cut them into smaller pieces and put cheese or anything else you like between them. Then place them on a panini press and cook them for about five minutes, or until you get the consistency of cheese that you like. 

  1. Pasta

There are times when you just order a bowl of pasta and then life suddenly happens, so you are forced to have it wrapped instead for takeout. You might leave it in your fridge when you get home late that night, and then forget all about it for a few days. 

If you didn’t know it then, you do know now that pasta can actually be recycled as well. You can turn these into noodle patties, a frittata, or even remake it into another pasta. 

Since pasta already has its own flavorings, it is best to create a meal from it that matches what you already have. Don’t try going a different way as this might result in food that cannot be eaten because of its unappealing taste. 


There are so many dishes that you can whip up the next time you have some extra leftovers. Be creative with your chicken, steak, pizza, and pasta. The secret to it all is to never be afraid to try out something new and experiment. There are many cookbooks, blogs, and youtube tutorials out there that can help you! Who knows? You just might create your family’s new favorite meal.

2 thoughts on “New Dishes From Left-Over Takeout”

  1. Dogs are the best answer for using leftovers wisely…or thats what they will tell you

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