9 Even-better-the-next-day Recipes With Lots of Yummy Leftovers

“Hooray, it’s leftovers day!!”

Not a refrain I’d expect to hear very often. It conjures up images of microwaving sad containers of frozen mystery meals from who knows when.

But with the recipes below, there are always smiling mouths happy to re-eat what we enjoyed the night before.

Cooking once and eating twice also saves time and energy for whoever is the chef in the house. Bonus!

I hope you enjoy these, and I’d love to hear what your favorite leftovers recipes are too. 🙂

#1: Paqa’s Best Banana Muffins

The kids here call my mom Paqa, which I’ve heard means Wise Elder in Peruvian. This is her recipe for the moistest, yummiest banana muffins we’ve ever tasted. At Paqa’s house there is always something delicious to eat!

#2. Zuppa di Fagioli (Italian Bean Soup)

There’s nothing like a bowl of good old-fashioned comfort food: beans, rice, veggies, and a delicious broth. It tastes like being in an Italian grandmother’s kitchen. Even better if you soak your own dry beans the night before!

#3. Stovetop Cassoulet

This is a warm, comforting, sausage and bean casserole from the south of France. I had a craving for it on a sweltering hot day, so I invented a stovetop version rather than firing up the oven and heating up the house. It’s amazing served with your favorite freshly baked biscuits or crusty bread.

#4. Sesame Chicken with Soba Noodles

“Chicken and sobas!” is the frequent answer to “What do you guys want for dinner?” at our house. It’s a spin on a baked chicken dish I had at a retreat once, mixed with a yummy warm soba noodle salad and a side of veggies. Today’s veggies are the British treat of cauliflower cheese.  

#5. Red Lentil Dal

The first spoonful goes into our mouths and immediately all the muscles in our face and shoulders relax. There’s a dreamy “wow that’s good” look spreading around the table and we settle into our bowls as though they hold delicious, precious treasure. Yes, it’s dal night

#6. Family Lasagna Night

Lasagna takes a bit longer to make than other pasta, but the prep time is actually not that long and the comforting nourishment is worth it. Side benefit: the whole house will smell delicious as it bakes away in the oven! This recipe makes enough for 4-5 people to have 2 dinners (leftovers are just as good as the original, if not better).

#7. Mennonite Seven Layer Dinner

I learned to make this casserole after enjoying it at my husband’s grandmother’s house. The seven layers are potatoes, onions, carrots, rice, peas, sausages, and tomato soup, with some salt and pepper for seasoning. It smells amazing in the oven and is a very comforting dish for all ages.

#8. Pasta with Lentil Mushroom Balls

We had fun deciding what to call these. They’re not meatballs, so are they plant balls? Bean balls? Vegan balls? Neatballs? Despite all the laughs, they’re actually very delicious. Lentils, mushrooms, and a bunch of yummy sauces and spices make for a hearty and nourishing topping for your favorite pasta.

#9. Chocolate Zucchini Cake with (Vegan) Cream Cheese Frosting

It’s zucchini season again in California, so we’re back to our favorite zucchini fritters and creamy zucchini pasta. But wait, zucchini chocolate bundt cake too? How versatile is this vegetable? I think this is my new favorite way to eat chocolate cake. Many thanks to Isa for inspiration.

Many blessings from our home to yours for a wonderful weekend and week ahead. Please let me know if you try any of these recipes and how the leftovers turned out for you.

Happy cooking!
Maitri Alexandra 🙂

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