Easter foods are wonderful. Ham, eggs, potatoes and veggies galore mean that you get your fill on Easter Sunday. However, it can also fill up your refrigerator on Monday with plenty of leftovers that your family is no longer willing to eat quite as enthusiastically as the day before. This is where creative cooking comes in! With a dash of inventiveness, you can transform your leftovers into tantalizing new dishes that your family will love.
Luckily, we’ve got you covered with a choice of 8 amazing dishes you can make with your Easter leftovers. The best part about these recipes is that many of them can be made in large batches and frozen for a later date. This way, you can space out your family’s ham intake and avoid the complaint, “Awe…ham again?” Check out these fantastic recipes that will completely reinvent your Easter leftovers:
Use up your leftover ham in this delicious pasta casserole recipe. While you’re making one batch, go ahead and make a double. You can easily freeze a pan of this tasty pasta dish for a busy weeknight. Serve the manicotti alongside leftover vegetables or stuff the veggies straight into the manicotti. Creamy and satisfying, this meal is a perfect way to enjoy your Easter leftovers.
This delicious ham salad helps you use up your ham and hard boiled eggs all in one go. Use it for sandwiches or healthy whole-wheat tortilla wraps. With this recipe, you can send your children off to school with a fantastic lunch. Grab a sandwich or wrap for yourself to take to work as well. Add a hearty helping of greens, chopped tomatoes and sweet pepper into the sandwich or wrap to boost your vegetable intake.
Sometimes you have so much fun decorating hard boiled eggs that you end up with far too many. It’s understandable that you can only eat so many plain hard boiled eggs. Jazz them up by making deviled eggs the whole family will love! Your children will likely enjoy helping you pipe the filling into the whites, so make it a family project!
These sandwiches are a great choice for a quick, healthy lunch. The best part? You’ll use up two common Easter leftovers: ham and hard boiled eggs. Grab some fixings like avocado, tomato, crisp lettuce and some onion to make these sandwiches truly stand out. Try these for a simple supper or pack them for lunches for the whole family. As hearty as these sandwiches are, you probably won’t need to serve them with anything else at all. However, you can always offer carrot sticks and apple slices as a healthy alternative to chips.
Make a large batch of this tantalizing chowder with your leftover ham and you’ll have easy dinners all week long. Freeze the portions you’ll use later in the week to keep it fresh. This recipe is versatile and can be adjusted to include a serving of vegetables. We recommend adding carrots, celery and corn along with the potatoes the recipe calls for as a healthy but delicious addition.
Did you serve roast chicken for Easter dinner? If so, use up the leftover chicken in something more exciting than simple sandwiches (which would be a great packed lunch option!). This green curry is simple, includes plenty of vegetables and offers a welcome change from the holiday’s heavy meals. This green curry is easy to adjust. Add extra vegetables or switch out the snap peas for broccoli, cauliflower, carrots or whatever you have on hand. This dish is best served with rice.
Did you go overboard with the rolls? If you have found yourself with more dinner rolls than you could possibly consume, don’t let them go to waste! Dinner rolls can quickly go stale, making for a very unappetizing sandwich or side for supper. Instead of choking down dry rolls, make this fantastic savory bread pudding that will serve as a satisfying dinner. This recipe includes broccoli rabe and pancetta, but you could easily substitute the pancetta with slices of your leftover Easter ham. Delicious and cheesy, the whole family is sure to enjoy this dish. The best part? Your stale dinner roll problem is quickly resolved.
Are you stuck with baskets upon baskets of Easter candy? If your family won’t eat it as is, turn it into a more formal dessert to share with family and friends. These recipes offer a fun activity that you can enjoy with your kids as well. In the link, you’ll find 21 ideas here for what you can do with all of that chocolate and the inundation of jelly beans.
When using leftovers, always remember to put food safety first. Leftover ham and roast chicken can be kept in the refrigerator for about 3-5 days and frozen for up to 2 months. Hard-boiled eggs can be refrigerated for up to a week and shouldn’t be frozen. If you don’t think you can finish up your leftovers quickly, remember that you can always freeze some of them and gain a bit of extra time.
To make planning how to use your leftovers easier, use Picniic’s meal planner! With this helpful tool, you can gain inspiration from suggested recipes and easily schedule your meals all week long. Then, develop your shopping list based on what you’ll be cooking. This can greatly reduce your stress since you’ll know ahead of time what you’ll be eating all week long. With our meal planner, you’ll enjoy a break from last-minute grocery runs and frantic brainstorms to determine what you can put together in 20 minutes before the kids starve to death!
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