20 Dishes that Taste Just as Good (or Better!) the Next Day

Hello and welcome to this thing we’re doing where we help you figure out what you’re gonna put in your mouth this week. Some of these are recipes we’ve tried, some of these are recipes we’re looking forward to trying, all of them are fucking delicious. Tell us what you want to put in your piehole or suggest your own recipes, and we’ll talk about which things we made, which things we loved, and which things have changed us irreversibly as people. Last week, we stuffed our food and our tummies.

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Who has time to cook every day? You do? Oh, well, good for you. Can I come over? For those of us who don’t have the time or energy, here are some leftover-friendly foods you can make a big ol’ batch of to enjoy again, and again, and again.

Because not all leftovers are created equal. (Like fries, the worst leftover food ever. If you nuke them, they are soggy and bland. If you re-heat them in the oven, they are slightly overcooked and bland. Nobody likes leftover fries.)


1. Chipotle Tofu Chilaquiles

This is the perfect dish to use up your stale tortilla chips and it keeps great in the fridge!


2. Crystal’s Mom’s Lasagna

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Because Crystal‘s mom knows best. Also, lasagna is a great leftover good and you can even freeze it for later!


3. Vegan Shepherd’s Pie


4. Cauliflower and Chicken Sausage Casserole


5. Butternut Squash Vegan Mac and Cheese with Crispy Sage


6. Homestyle Chicken Curry


7. Lemony Lentil Soup

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8. Tuna Pea Macaroni Salad

Mayo-based salads taste even more bomb after you let them sit in the fridge for a bit!


9. Pineapple Peanut Stew

via me, this is not my recipe, but this is my photo of the time I made it and it tasted great

via me, this is not my recipe, but this is my photo of the time I made it and it tasted great

A former boss brought this to a potluck once and I fell in love.


10. Brussel Sprout Fried Rice


11. Three Bean Chili


12. Beer Cheese Soup


13. Roasted Chicken to Last All Week

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14. Heirloom Tomato and Chickpea Salad

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15. White Bean Dumpling Stew

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16. Chipotle Chicken Sweet Potato Tamale Pie

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17. Veggie Soup

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18. Thai Coconut Red Curry

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19. Spicy Peanut Eggplant and Shallot Stew

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20. Oreo Cheesecake Icebox Cake

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Pro tip: Put your leftovers into reheatable single-serving size containers, so you can just grab them for lunch on-the-go and pop them into the microwave. Easy peasy!

KaeLyn is a 35-year-old (femme)nist activist, word nerd, and queer mama. You can typically find her binge-watching TV, over-caffeinating herself, standing somewhere with a mic or a sign in her hand, eating carbs, or just generally doing too many things at once. She lives in Rochester, NY with her spouse, a baby T. rex, a xenophobic cat, and a rascally rabbit. You can buy her debut book, Girls Resist! A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution if you want to, if you feel like it, if that's a thing that interests you or whatever.

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17 Comments

    • Thanks for sharing, Dane! Don’t tell anyone, but we actually make a scratch recipe for vegan shepherds pie that is a conglomerate of multiple vegan recipes and our own preferences, but I couldn’t link to it because it only exists in my head! I am glad there are many options for vegan shepherds pie, though. It is one of my favorite comfort foods and it really does taste great as leftovers!

  1. All this stuff looks great. I’m so glad you included the Minimalist Baker– I’d never seen that, and I spent some time checking it out. I love the way the recipes are arranged, by cook time, number of ingredients, etc. It’s not intimidating at all, but everything there still sounds excellent.

    That’s just one of the many things I love about this site– not only do you find the “best of” and include it in your articles, but you’re all also so good at reliably finding excellent resources. It’s appreciated.

  2. I never understood some people’s aversion to leftovers. As someone who lives alone and is lazy about cooking, I subsist primarily on leftovers throughout the week (esp. on my 12 h shift days – there’s no way I’m cooking after a 12 h shift). It’s just so much more efficient to make one big batch of something!

    Those stews and soups all look delicious, perfect for winter crockpot cooking.

  3. I can’t wait to make the Beer and Cheese Soup this weekend. I haven’t mastered my slow cooker yet so there has been nothing but slow cooker fails that have been turned into something else but I have a feeling this is the one that will turn out!

  4. Why did i decide to needlessly torment myself with this? 10 minutes left of my 24hour (no meat, minimal food) intake day, nom, nom, nom, im sincerely counting the minutes, and mentally cataloguing the contents of my fridge and their varying combinable potentials. These sound delicious!

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