Creative Ways to Turn Leftovers into Breakfast

No one likes wasting food, especially not those on a budget. Whether you live alone or with a large family, throwing out leftovers can work out to be extremely costly. Luckily, there are numerous creative ways to make use of different types of leftovers before they go bad. They can nearly always contribute to a meal or a snack the next day with the addition of a few basic ingredients from the cupboard. In this article, we will explore how you can use your leftovers to make a delicious breakfast the next day. Not only is it the most important meal of the day, but it will ensure that your leftovers are still fresh and that you won’t be wasting any money.

Add a Fried Egg

It may sound funny, but if you don’t know what to do with something, consider adding a fried egg on top. Very often, it is the easiest way to turn supper into a dish that resembles breakfast. Furthermore, an egg will provide you with some extra protein (about 6 grams per egg), they take hardly any time to cook, and they are very simple to prepare. You can add fried egg to the top of grain bowls, salads, risotto, stews, casseroles, pasta dishes and more. If you have rice leftover, then you can turn it into egg fried rice.

Put the Leftovers on Toast

Toast has long been a staple breakfast food and in recent years, avocado toast has become a particular favourite of millennials. However, the introduction of dinner leftovers can create a breakfast that is even more nutritious and flavoursome. You can add leftover vegetables or chicken to toast for extra protein and nutrients.

Seafood is widely recognised as being very healthy, but it is also expensive. Therefore, if you buy any fish, you probably want to make sure that none of it goes to waste. However, heating up leftover fish puts some people off, especially as the smell tends to linger. A great option is to put the cold fish on toast with cream cheese, especially if it is salmon. You can also add toppings such as capers, onions, greens, herbs, lemon juice, tomatoes, and so on.

Make It into a Hash

If you find you have leftover potatoes or other vegetables, then you can make them into a veggie hash for breakfast. A great thing about this is that it is easy to customise. For instance, you can add beans or an egg for additional protein. If you want a lower-carb or lighter option you could replace your potatoes with courgette (and not just at breakfast time).

Make Savoury Oatmeal 

There is no reason why porridge (oatmeal) should be sweet. Many people prefer savoury foods to sweet, and breakfast is no exception. You don’t have to add sugar or honey to your porridge. Instead, you could mix in leftover vegetables, proteins such as beans or chicken, and you could even top it off with an egg. You can also add to the flavour with spices and herbs.

Try Unique Breakfast Tacos 

Those who cook for themselves may find that they often have half a bag of tortillas left at the end of the meal. These can easily be used at breakfast time. For instance, just make some scrambled eggs and beans, add it to the tortillas, and enjoy it as a breakfast taco. You could also add avocado, cilantro, pickled onions, or whatever else takes your fancy.

Make it into an Omelette

No matter the nature of your leftover ingredient, meat, vegetables, cheese, grains, etc., you can nearly always find a way to turn it into breakfast by adding egg. You can make an omelette with some truly original ingredients, which you are unlikely to come across in any other setting. Alternatively, you could make some scrambled eggs and add various different ingredients to them. No matter what you choose, it will be a protein filled start to the day.

Follow Your Stomach

There is no reason that breakfast has to consist of traditional breakfast foods. Most people have eaten pizza or pasta for breakfast at some point in their lives. In fact, you can enjoy whatever you wish for breakfast. It is true that you should not just eat chocolate, you need to ensure that you are getting a balanced diet. Furthermore, you want to make sure you are eating food that will see you through to the next meal. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a huge variety of foods at breakfast time. If you wake up and feel like some leftover pasta salad for breakfast, then go for it and don’t feel any guilt. After all, meals are meant to be enjoyed.