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Leftover Magic: How to Turn Grilled or Roasted Vegetables into Mouthwatering Meals

Did you grill or roast too many vegetables for last night’s dinner? We have some creative ways for you to use them up for breakfast, lunch, or dinner so that they don’t go to waste!
February 21, 2024

If you love grilling or roasting vegetables, you probably know the dilemma of having some leftovers that you don’t want to waste. Maybe you made too much, or maybe you just want to change things up a bit. Either way, there are plenty of ways to turn those leftover veggies into new and exciting dishes that will make your taste buds happy. Here are some ideas to inspire you:.


Breakfasts

Quiche made with leftover roasted or grilled vegetables


Omelet

Leftover grilled or roasted veggies make an excellent filling for your omelets. Just scramble and cook your eggs, then fill them with the leftover veggies & some cheese. You can even try tossing a bit of sauce in there, like pesto or salsa, to give your omelet a flavor boost.


Quiche, frittata, or strata

This is another fantastic way to use those extra veggies up in a breakfast. Simply assemble the base ingredients you need to make a plain quiche, frittata, or strata, add in your cooked veggies, cheese, and meat (if desired), then bake accordingly.


Savory oatmeal

If you haven’t tried savory oatmeal yet, now’s the perfect time! This dish has plenty of protein and complex carbohydrates, which will keep you feeling full longer, plus it comes together in just a few minutes. To make it, just sauté some onions and garlic in a small saucepan until soft, add ¼ cup quick-cook oats, ¾ cup of water, and a pinch of salt and pepper to the pan. Then, bring to a boil and cook until all liquid is absorbed, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in 2 tbsp shredded cheese. Top with your reheated veggies and a fried egg.


Lunches

Pita sandwiches made with leftover grilled or roasted vegetables


Salad

One of the easiest and most refreshing ways to use up leftover grilled or roasted vegetables is to toss them with some greens, dressing, and cheese or nuts for a satisfying salad. You can use any kind of lettuce or spinach, or even kale or cabbage for some extra crunch. Dress it up with a simple vinaigrette, or try something more adventurous like a creamy tahini dressing, a tangy yogurt dressing, or a spicy peanut dressing. Add some feta, goat cheese, parmesan, or mozzarella for a cheesy touch, or some almonds, walnuts, pistachios, or sunflower seeds for some crunch. You can also add some fresh herbs, dried fruits, or olives for more flavor and texture.

Sandwich or wrap

Another simple and satisfying way to use up leftover grilled or roasted vegetables is to stuff them into a sandwich or wrap. You can use any kind of bread, tortilla, pita, or naan, and spread some hummus, pesto, mayo, or mustard on it. Then, layer your veggies with some cheese, meat, or tofu, and some lettuce, tomato, cucumber, or avocado. You can also add some pickles, jalapeños, or hot sauce for some extra kick.


Burrito

Who doesn’t love a burrito for lunch! Just wrap up some cooked rice of your choosing, any kind of beans for some added protein, your leftover veggies, some cheese and salsa in a large flour tortilla, and you’re good to go!


Dinner

A pizza made with leftover grilled or roasted vegetables


Pasta

One of the most versatile and filling ways to use up leftover grilled or roasted vegetables is to mix them with some past. You can use any kind of pasta, cooked according to the package directions. Then, toss it with some olive oil, butter, or cream, and season it with salt, pepper, garlic, or herbs. Add your veggies, and some cheese, meat, or beans for some protein. You can also add some lemon juice, vinegar, or wine for some acidity, or some nuts, seeds, or breadcrumbs for some crunch.


Pizza

If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can use your leftover grilled or roasted vegetables to top a pizza or flatbread. You can use store-bought or homemade pizza dough, or even naan, pita, or tortilla as the base. Then, spread some tomato sauce, pesto, barbecue sauce, or ricotta cheese on it. Sprinkle some mozzarella, cheddar, feta, or goat cheese on top, and add your veggies. You can also add some pepperoni, sausage, chicken, or bacon for some meaty flavor, or some pineapple, olives, or artichokes for some extra toppings. Bake in the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and enjoy!


Polenta

Roasted or grilled veggies nestled in a bed of creamy polenta is an easy, satisfying weeknight meal. Just cook up a batch of creamy polenta then top with your reheated veggies, a sprinkling of parmesan, and some chopped fresh herbs.


As you can see, there are many ways to use up leftover grilled or roasted vegetables and turn them into delicious meals. Whether you want something simple or fancy, light or hearty, you can find a recipe that suits your mood and taste. So, don’t let those veggies go to waste, and get creative in the kitchen!

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