Quick recipes using leftovers

Now we all spending a bit more time at home, it might be a chance to try something different. We have found our favourite quick and easy recipes to take the chore out of cooking and put the fun into eating.

Mini Pizzas made from loaf ends


  • Crusts from the end of a loaf of bread
  • Tomatoes
  • Chopped herbs
  • Food that needs using up (check your fridge)
  • Grated cheese
  • Pepper to season


  • Heat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  • Place the crust(s) on a baking tray.
  • Spread the tomatoes over the crusts for your pizza base.
  • Create your own topping using the food you’ve found that needs eating up.
  • Sprinkle on some herbs and a teaspoon of grated cheese, season with a little pepper.

Top tips

Make them with the kids at lunchtime as a boredom busting treat. These are also good to freeze- let them cool and put them in a tub or freezer bag.

Tzatziki- quick dip made from cucumber


  • Cucumber (or try using carrot instead)
  • Olive oil (any other oil will do)
  • ½ lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh or dried dill (dried will do)


  • Grate cucumber, put it in a tea towel or kitchen paper and squeeze out as much liquid as possible
  • Then put the cucumber in a bowl and add plain yoghurt (as much or as little as you want) and mix
  • Add pepper, salt and a bit of lemon juice
  • If you have fresh dill add it now or any dried herbs will do
  • Chill in the fridge for 15 mins and its good to go

Top tip

Eat this with crackers when you’ve run out of bread!

One pan leftover soup

This one pan leftover soup reduces the washing up and you can use any tinned beans that you have in cupboard as well as any leftover veg cooked or not.


  • 570ml of stock -stock cubes (veg or meat)
  • 1 garlic clove, finely diced.
  • 400ml tin of chopped tomatoes or 4 large over ripe tomatoes
  • 400g tin of mixed beans (or peas/sweetcorn, any pulse could use rice)
  • 50g green vegetables (broccoli, peas, runner beans, cabbage, etc.)
  • 1/2 a table spoon of tomato puree or 1 tablespoon of tomato ketchup
  • Seasoning to taste (salt/pepper/chili)


  • 125g leftover cooked protein (meat, tofu, Quorn, etc.)
  • a small diced onion (spring, red, white, etc)


  • grate cheese on the top
  • toast to mop up/dip in the soup
  • Spring onion to pop on top


  • Heat stock in pan with garlic, chopped tomatoes, green vegetables, tomato ketchup or puree, (and onion).
  • Allow to boil for 2-3 mins then add mixed beans (and leftover meat or tofu).
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring to boil for 3-4mins or until vegetables are cooked.
  • Sprinkle extras on top once served.

Speedy Steamy Fruit Pud


  • 60g caster Sugar (could all be white sugar)
  • 20g white sugar
  • 60g self-raising flour
  • 1 large egg
  • 335g fruit, cut into chunks (any fruit)
  • 68g butter (7g chunk and a 60g chunk)


  • In a pan heat fruit, 20g white sugar and 7g butter for 3-4 mins on medium heat.
  • Divide mixture into two teacups/mugs (suitable for microwave).
  • Place all remaining ingredients into a bowl and whisk for 3 mins till fluffy.
  • Spoon on top of the fruit in two teacups (make sure only ¾ full).
  • Microwave for 1min.
  • Let cool, scoop out and serve with cream/ice-cream/plain yogurt.

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