Three winter warmer recipes you can make with leftovers

We all go shopping with the best intentions of ‘only buying what we need’; however, we usually always buy too much food meaning that often enough there are always leftovers at the end of the week. Here I share with you 3 winter warmer recipes that not only taste yummy, take little time to prepare but are also kind on the purse strings.

Tray Bake

You can make a tray bake using almost any meat and vegetables. All you need to do is add a drizzle of olive oil to a baking tray, add your choice of vegetables and lay your meat on top. Bake for the amount of time your chosen meat takes to cook and serve. If you are using potatoes it is advised to par-boil them first. My favourite tray bake uses sausages, potatoes and onion. A tray bake is also a great meal if you’re cooking for a lot of people or cooking on a budget as you can pretty much add any vegetable going.


Making a casserole is a great way to use up all of those leftover vegetables and even the leftover chicken from your Sunday roast. Just simply add all your leftover vegetables and meat to a large dish, add enough stock to cover and cook on a low heat for around 1 hour. Alternatively cook it in a slow cooker for around 4 hours. Season as required and serve with mashed potato or even jacket potatoes.


Making soup is a great way to use up leftover meats and vegetables. Why not make a winter warmer soup with autumn vegetables? Or perhaps use the leftover meat and carcass from your Sunday roast to make a creamy chicken soup?  It really is a great way to use leftovers to make lunches for the week.

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