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35 Recipe Ideas For Leftover Vegetables

Have leftover vegetables from a previous meal you use, or a few random veggies in your fridge? Here are 35 recipe ideas for using those veggies so they don’t go to waste! Breakfast, lunch, dinner, soups, and sides – this list has everything covered!

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I’m always looking for creative ways to use leftovers. I hate wasting food, so I like to stretch my leftovers as far as I can. Leftover vegetables can be tricky because they sometimes get a little limp in the fridge. I compiled this list of leftover vegetable recipes with ideas to help bring your “on their last legs” cooked veggies back to life. I’ve also included several recipes for using up vegetables you have in the fridge before they go bad.

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Breakfast

Breakfast Quiche
This cheesy breakfast quiche is loaded with delicious vegetables and bacon. The flaky, buttery crust holds up perfectly with the egg filling. It's great way to use leftover cooked vegetables, and easy to make vegetarian without the bacon.
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Quiche with one piece cut out. Behind the quiche is a pie slicer and a piece of the quiche on a plate.
Crustless Quiche: Basic Recipe Variations
Crustless Quiche is a simple, flavorful dish great for weekend brunch or a light lunch. It’s egg-based and very versatile with the fillings. Ready in less than an hour, it keeps well for several days in the refrigerator!
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Crabby Mini Breakfast Quiches
A delicious way to use leftover crab cakes, leftover crab imperial, or just fresh crabmeat.
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Individual crab breakfast quiches in deviled crab baking shells
Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash with Sausage, Bacon and Eggs
All the best things about breakfast – potatoes, sausages, bacon, eggs – in one pan. This sweet potato breakfast hash is a great way to start your day!
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Lunch & Dinner Main Dishes

Healthy Copycat Blaze Vegan Pesto Naan Pizza
If you’ve ever eaten at Blaze, you probably love it too. This copycat vegan pesto naan pizza is a healthier alternative without sacrificing flavor.
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Homemade Pizza
Homemade pizza is easy and fun to make. It's a great quick dinner for one or the family during the week or on weekends. Customize your pizza with any toppings you'd like!
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Pizza
Random Veggie Pizza
Use up your leftover vegetables from the week by throwing on a crust with cheese and sauce for a delicious Random Veggie Pizza for your next pizza night.
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Sheet Pan Spicy Sriracha Vegan Bowl
A sheet pan spicy sriracha vegan bowl is packed full of nutritious vegetables, chickpeas, and quinoa for a delicious, well-rounded, meal prep friendly meal.
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Clean Out Your Refrigerator Stir Fry Recipe
This healthy stir fry recipe is made with vegetables and meat you have on hand in your refrigerator. You can use pretty much any protein – beef, chicken, pork, ground turkey, shrimp and whatever vegetables you have in the fridge. The key to this delicious and easy stir fry recipe is the stir fry sauce.
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Easy Rainbow Vegetable Noodle Stir-Fry
A quick and healthy weeknight dinner that takes less than 20 minutes to make!
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Vegetable Chow Mein {Instant Pot}
Chinese Chow Mein made in an Instant Pot in under 15 minutes.
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Vegan Tagliatelle Bolognese with Mushrooms
Use up leftover mushrooms of all kinds to make this super easy vegan bolognese that is guaranteed to please the entire family.
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Ratatouille Recipe
This Classic Ratatouille recipe simply the best and foolproof one. It is packed with veggies and cooked in dazzling tomato sauce make it drool-worthy delicious.
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Vegan Rice Bowl with Smoky Tempeh
This vegan rice bowl with smoky tempeh makes for a great hot dinner and cold lunch on the go. Easy to make, high in protein, and absolutely delicious!
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One Pan Sausage and Vegetable Skillet
A super easy and healthy meal ready in under 30 minutes! Super easy and healthy dinner that is loaded with flavor.
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Easy One Pot Veg Pulao
Pulao is a one pot meal made with basmati rice, mix vegetable, spices. Veg Pulao can be made be made in a pressure cooker or Instant pot or a pan. Try this simple recipe that packs a punch of flavor!
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Vegetarian Feijoada Recipe {3 Ways, Vegan or Vegetarian}
A black bean and vegetable stew that can be made on the stovetop, slow cooker or pressure cooker using leftover vegetables. So easy and delish.
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Mixed Vegetable Curry
Simple, quick Indian spiced curry with use of mixed vegetables. The addition of different vegetables are up to your choice. This recipe uses popular mixed vegetables like potato, peas, capsicum (bell pepper), cauliflower, carrot and beans.
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Veg Handi Sabzi
This Veg Handi Sabzi is so creamy loaded with your favorite veggies! Ultimately comforting, warm just like the restaurant-style!
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Simple Meat & Veggie Shakshuka Using Leftovers
This non-traditional shakshuka uses leftover meat and veggies making it one of the easiest, most delicious weeknight dinners to throw together.
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Easy Shepherd’s Pie with Leftover Mashed Potatoes
So tasty and hearty, this Easy Shepherd’s Pie with Leftover Mashed Potatoes will surely become your family’s favorite!
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Soups

Hamburger Soup
Hamburger soup is the ultimate dish to use up any leftover cooked, raw or frozen veggies. All you need is ground beef, a can of diced tomatoes, some stock and a combination of mixed veg!
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Vegetable Stew With Dumplings
Use your leftover root vegetables to make this delicious and hearty vegetable stew with homemade dumplings. Packed with flavor, this comforting dish is an easy meal you’ll make again and again.
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Easy Chicken Minestrone Soup
This easy chicken minestrone soup recipe is a delicious way to clean out your fridge. Use a dutch oven to combine a leftover healthy veggies then add chicken.
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Easy One-Pot Vegan Udon Noodle Soup
Udon noodle soup is so easy because you can customize the add-ins using whatever vegetables you have on hand. It cooks up in less than 30 minutes and the entire recipe can be made using the same pot! Perfect for a quick and tasty weeknight meal!
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Side Dishes

5-Ingredient Vegan Fried Rice
Vegan vegetable fried rice is the perfectly easy way to use leftover vegetables! It whips up quickly and is even better with day old rice!
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Spicy Potato Peel Crisps
Peeling some potatoes? Make some of these! These potato peel crisps are so tasty, you will never want to bin your leftover skins again.
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Salad Olivieh – a Persian creamy chicken potato salad with mayonnaise
Salad Olivieh is perfect if you have any leftovers from a chicken roast dinner. This Iranian salad olivieh calls for chicken, eggs, mayo, cilantro, lemon juice, vegetables and more.
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Stoemp – Belgian Mashed Potatoes with Vegetables
Stoemp is a Belgian dish of mashed potatoes with cooked mixed vegetables. A perfect way to make your mash a little healthier – and to use up any veggies from the back of your fridge.
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Boxty – Irish Potato Pancakes
An easy leftover potato recipe for breakfast or lunch!
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Arroz Colorido
This flexible Mexican style meal is a great way to use up leftover veggies like corn, zucchini, onions, broccoli, peppers, and more!
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Broccoli Cheese Nuggets {Low Carb, Gluten Free}
These broccoli cheese nuggets come together in minutes and are a delicious way to use leftover broccoli
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Parmesan Mashed Potato Cakes
These Parmesan Mashed Potato Cakes are so addictive! A crunchy, cheesy crust is hiding the soft, velvety mashed potato filling.
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Chickpea Veggie Patties
Chickpea Veggie Patties are vegan, nut-free, and protein-rich patties made with leftover vegetables, chickpeas, blend of spices and herbs. These unbelievably tasty patties are easy and quick to make.
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Roasted Red Potato Salad
Roasted red potatoes give this potato salad an interesting dimension. The dijon and dill dressing make this an irresistible side dish! Great for picnics and potlucks.
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Potato salad in a bowl
35 Recipe Ideas For Leftover Vegetables

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