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12 Easy Ways To Transform Leftovers Into A Brand-New Meal

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1. Peanut Noodle Salad

Eyeballing those little sticks of pasta ain't easy. When your eyes are hungrier than your stomach, use the leftovers for a cold twist on a classic favorite. All you really need is lime juice, peanut butter, and soy sauce!
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Eyeballing those little sticks of pasta ain't easy. When your eyes are hungrier than your stomach, use the leftovers for a cold twist on a classic favorite. All you really need is lime juice, peanut butter, and soy sauce!

2. Macaroni Muffin Bites

The perfect leftover lunch starts with a muffin pan. Mix up your noodles with a couple eggs, and add mushrooms, chives, and chicken to your liking.
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The perfect leftover lunch starts with a muffin pan. Mix up your noodles with a couple eggs, and add mushrooms, chives, and chicken to your liking.

3. Pizza Frittata

Pizza for breakfast? This recipe is every child's dream come true. Tear up your cold pizza into bite-size pieces, throw them into a skillet, cover with beaten eggs, and bake until it starts getting crispy around the edges.
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Pizza for breakfast? This recipe is every child's dream come true. Tear up your cold pizza into bite-size pieces, throw them into a skillet, cover with beaten eggs, and bake until it starts getting crispy around the edges.

4. Pizza Lasagna

Yep, this is exactly what it sounds like. Pizza on pizza on pizza. Stack your slices, pour pasta sauce between the layers, and pop it in the oven.
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Yep, this is exactly what it sounds like. Pizza on pizza on pizza. Stack your slices, pour pasta sauce between the layers, and pop it in the oven.

5. Egg and Pea Fried Rice

Once again, eggs seem to be the only ingredient you really need to revamp an old meal. And the best part? It only takes five minutes.
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Once again, eggs seem to be the only ingredient you really need to revamp an old meal. And the best part? It only takes five minutes.

6. Rice Pudding

Coconut milk + maple syrup + a dash of cinnamon = yummy, vegan, no-fuss dessert in minutes.
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Coconut milk + maple syrup + a dash of cinnamon = yummy, vegan, no-fuss dessert in minutes.

7. Fruity Chicken Salad Sandwich

Sandwiches are great for kids and parents alike! This is another no-bake meal that's easy and requires ingredients that are probably already lying around your house.
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Sandwiches are great for kids and parents alike! This is another no-bake meal that's easy and requires ingredients that are probably already lying around your house.

8. Tortilla Soup

When in doubt, make a soup. Dress it up (with jalapeños, onions, and spices) or keep it simple (just broth and chicken).
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When in doubt, make a soup. Dress it up (with jalapeños, onions, and spices) or keep it simple (just broth and chicken).

9. Shepherd's Pie

Beef and mashed potatoes? There ain't nothin' bad about that. Set the temperature to 400 degrees, and let the oven do all the work.
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Beef and mashed potatoes? There ain't nothin' bad about that. Set the temperature to 400 degrees, and let the oven do all the work.

10. Potato Cakes

Eat 'em for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. All you need is flour, mashed potatoes, and (you guessed it) eggs! Let it sizzle on the skillet, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
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Eat 'em for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. All you need is flour, mashed potatoes, and (you guessed it) eggs! Let it sizzle on the skillet, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.

11. Chili

Chill out with some chili. Just combine beans, powder, and sauce, and top with cheese.
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Chill out with some chili. Just combine beans, powder, and sauce, and top with cheese.

12. Minestrone Soup

Got a can of veggies, water, and leftover pasta sauce? Then you've got dinner! Cook until vegetables are tender.
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Got a can of veggies, water, and leftover pasta sauce? Then you've got dinner! Cook until vegetables are tender.

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