35 Easy Ways To Use Up Sunday Lunch Leftovers

Give lunchtime leftovers a new lease of life.

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1. Reuben Sandwich

This American classic is the only way to use up leftover brisket. You simply toast it with sauerkraut and Swiss cheese between two slices of rye bread or pumpernickel. Get the recipe here. To use up leftover roast pork, there’s always the twist-on-a-classic Cuban Reuben. Recipe here.

2. Boxty

Boxty, or Irish potato cakes, are a cracking way of using up leftover mashed potato. Often corned beef is added to them, but any finely cut meat will work. This recipe keeps things plain and simple, with an egg garnish. Get it here.

3. Thai Beef Salad

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It’s amazing how a bit of chilli, lime, and mint can transform Sunday roast beef into something far more exotic. Get the recipe for this Thai-style salad here.

4. Chicken Pie

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Leftover chicken works a dream in a creamy pie. Get the recipe for this chicken, mushroom, and thyme pie here.

5. Naengmyun

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This cold noodle soup is a Korean delicacy is often eaten cold, and a great way of using up leftover beef or thinly sliced pork. Get the recipe here.

6. Steak, Pear, and Watercress Salad

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Slice up cooked beef fillet or flank steak and add transform last night’s leftovers into a light and healthy salad. Get the recipe here.

7. Lancashire Hotpot

Give leftover lamb a new lease of life by using it in a hotpot. Get the recipe here.

8. Italian Sandwich

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It’s thought that this delicacy originated in the Italian enclaves in Chicago. Spice up leftover beef with green bell peppers and lashings of Italian giardiniera. Get the recipe here.

9. Chicken and Pearl Barley Broth

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If you’ve boiled down the chicken bones to make a sumptuous stock, then use it to cook pearl barley – add leftover roast vegetables and you’ve got a Sunday-roast-themed broth. Recipe here.

10. Shepherd’s Pie

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Put leftover roast lamb through a mincer, or chop it finely, and use it in a classic Shepherd’s Pie. Get the recipe here.

11. Bubble and Squeak

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There’s no gilding the lily with this very traditional British recipe. Chop up Sunday roast leftovers and shallow-fry. For more instructions, get the recipe here.

12. Turkey Stroganoff

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This Russian dish is most commonly cooked with beef, but the creamy sauce is delicious with leftover brown turkey or chicken meat too. Get the recipe here.

13. Chicken Croquettes

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Transform the remnants from a roast chicken into these Brazilian coxinhas, aka Spanish croquettes. Get the recipe here.

14. Roast Pork Pasta

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Sunday leftovers are perfect for Monday’s lunchbox. Get the recipe here.

15. Leftover Chicken Moroccan Stew

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Shredded chicken can be remodelled into this Moroccan feast with some cumin, harissa, and spiced tomato sauce. Get the recipe here.

16. Bi Bim Bap

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Cooked rice makes a great vehicle for using up leftover meat and vegetables in this Korean dish. Garnish with a dollop of gochujang and a raw egg yolk. Get the recipe here.

17. Chicken Souvlaki

A lunchbox classic made from leftover chicken meat and lashings of homemade tzatziki. Get the recipe here.

18. Chicken Risotto

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Shred the meat off a chicken carcass, use the bones to make a stock, then combine the two into a chicken risotto. Get the recipe here.

19. Turkey Tamales

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Put a Mexican twist on turkey leftovers by using them to whisk up a batch of tamales. Get the recipe here.

20. Pulled-Pork Mac and Cheese

Give slow-cooked pork a new lease of life by incorporating it into mac and cheese. Get the recipe here.

21. Steak Sandwich

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Cold roast beef sits pretty between two slices of bread with some horseradish and a simple salad. Get the recipe here.

22. Jambalaya

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Pork leftovers? Chicken leftovers? It doesn’t really matter what meat you have – give it the New Orleans treatment by chucking it into a spicy jambalaya. Get the recipe here.

23. Chicken Flatbread

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Cooked chicken makes a great topping for pizzas or flatbread. Get the recipe here.

24. Frittata

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A frittata is a classic vehicle for leftovers. Scroll to the bottom of the link to find inspiration for how leftover roast potatoes, chicken, and broccoli can be recycled into a teatime frittata. Get the recipe here.

25. Lamb Rogan Josh

Left over leg of lamb, or lamb shoulder can be diced, and added to curry sauces.

26. Ham Hock Terrine

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A gourmet way of using up pork leftovers. Use the bones to make a gelatin-rich stock, which will set leftover meat in a terrine. Get a recipe here.

27. Coronation Chicken

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Coronation chicken was originally created for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953. Now a classic sandwich filling, it’s a great way to use up leftover roast chicken. Get the recipe here.

28. Toad in the Hole

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If you overdid the batter for Yorkshire puddings, then keep it in the fridge, source some sausages and treat yourself to a mid-week toad in the hole. Get the recipe here.

29. Turkey and Ham Pie

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It’s almost worth cooking too much turkey and ham this Christmas to make sure there’s plenty of leftovers to make this pie. Get the recipe here.

30. Stir Fry

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Tamari, teriyaki, ponzu… Whatever sauce you have, it’s all the best friend of your leftover Sunday roast when it comes to reviving leftover meat in stir-fry form. Get the recipe here.

31. Ham and Leek Pie

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Traditionally, this pie is made with leftover ham, but it works just as well with slow-cooked pork. Get the recipe here.

32. Moussaka

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Turn leftover lamb into mince or chop it finely, and turn it into the Ottoman classic that is moussaka. Get the recipe here.

33. Cranberry Sauce Muffins

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A standard muffin recipe can be transformed by leftover cranberry sauce. Get the recipe here.

34. Pork Tacos

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Shred leftover pork belly, reheat it, and use it in these pork tacos. Get the recipe here.

35. Chicken Biriyani

A British roast can be easily transformed into a fragrant biriyani with the help of a few simple spices. Get the recipe here.

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