Leftover Recipes, our top 6

To celebrate Stop Food Waste Day 2021, we take a look at our favourite leftover food recipes to help in the fight against food waste.

Stop Food Waste Day is all about raising awareness and educating people of the global food waste issue. According to www.stopfoodwasteday.com, 33% of all food produced globally is lost or wasted every year. Here at LIVING, we’re on board to try and help.

Check out our top 6 recipes, perfect for your fridge leftovers. 

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1. Leftover Lamb with Maple and Mint Yoghurt

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Serves 4. Preparation time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: 10 minutes.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 300g cooked left-over roast lamb
  • 60g baby watercress
  • 1 bunch of chopped, soft herbs of your choice (this recipe uses parsley and dill)
  • 100g rainbow chard

For the Mint & Maple Yoghurt

  • 200g Greek yoghurt
  • 1/2 a garlic clove, crushed
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp cider wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp pure Canadian maple syrup (preferably amber syrup for its rich taste)
  • A small bunch on mint leaves, finely chopped

Make it

  1. Heat a little olive oil in a non-stick frying pan and fry the left-over lamb for 3-4 minutes or until crisp and warmed through.
  2. Mix together the yogurt with the cider vinegar, garlic, maple syrup, olive oil and chopped mint.
  3. Toss the lamb with the watercress and herbs and spoon over the maple and mint yoghurt.

Recipe by: www.maplefromcanada.co.uk

Pizza Pie

2. Leftover Pizza Pie


  • 300g flour
  • 150g butter
  • 1 egg
  • Pinch of salt

For the Filling

  • 4 slices of leftover pizza
  • 4 spring onions, sliced
  • 200g spinach
  • 4 eggs
  • 100g sour cream
  • 100g cheese

Make it

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C. Slice the butter into small cubes and begin kneading it into the flour, add the egg and salt and continue to need until everything is combined.
  2. Place to dough in the fridge and allow to rest for half an hour before rolling out to a 5mm thickness.
  3. Put the rolled-out dough into a buttered pie dish, pressing evenly into the bottom. Use a fork and lightly prick the base. Then cover the dough with baking paper and fill with something heavy such as ceramic balls or rice and bake for half an hour at 180°C.
  4. Chop leftover pizza into small pieces and place in a bowl, adding spinach, grated cheese, spring onions, sour cream and eggs, mixing until well combined.
  5. Transfer mixture to the baked pie crust and place in the oven for around 35 minutes at 180°C.

Recipe by: www.hisense.com

3. Breakfast Burrito 

Serves 1. Cooking time: 10-20 minutes


  • Eggs
  • Any leftover Veg
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Avocado
  • Tortillas (Corn/Flour)

Make it

  1. Scramble 4 eggs until soft and fluffy.
  2. Heat up your tortillas and leftover veg.
  3. Pile your tortilla with the veg mix, scrambled eggs, fresh tomato and sliced avocado.
  4. Roll up and enjoy!

Recipe by: www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

Cheese Pasta Bake

4.Cheese scraps pasta bake

Serves 8. Preparation time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 1 hour, 5 minutes.


  • 800g leftover short pasta
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 bunch flat-leaf parsley, stalks finely chopped (reserve leaves for another use)
  • 4 1/2 cups (1.125L) pure (thin) cream
  • 650g mixed cheese (we used torn brie and fontina, and grated cheddar)
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

Make it

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Boil pasta in a large saucepan of salted water for 11 minutes or until tender. Drain.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oil in a frypan over medium-high heat. Add onion, parsley stalks and garlic, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes or until onion has softened. Transfer onion mixture to a bowl, add cream, egg, 500g cheeses, 1 tsp salt flakes and 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, and stir to combine.
  4. Combine pasta and cheese mixture in a large baking dish and top with remaining 150g cheese. Bake for 50 minutes or until golden and bubbling. Stand for 10 minutes, then serve.

Recipe by: www.delicious.com

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5. Bread Crust Pizzas

Serves 1, Cooking time: 20-30 minutes. 


  • 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

Make it

  1. Heat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Place the crust(s) on a baking tray.
  3. Spread the tomatoes over the crusts for your pizza base.
  4. Create your own topping using the food you’ve found that needs eating up.
  5. Sprinkle on some herbs and a teaspoon of grated cheese, season with a little pepper.
  6. Bake for around 15 minutes.

Recipe by: www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

6. Sweetcorn & Ricotta Fritters with Red Thai Paste

Serves 4. Cooking Time: 5 minutes.


  • 250g sweetcorn or one large can 
  • 200g ricotta 
  • 1 tsp red thai paste 
  • 100g flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 large handful parsley 
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp oil for frying 

 Make it: 

  1. Start by putting all the ingredients in a blender and blend well. You can also do this in a bowl.
  2. Heat the oil in a pan and when nice and hot, add a spoonful of the mix to the pan, followed by enough to fill the pan. Cook on either side until nice and brown (usually 3-5 minutes). 
  3. Delicious served straight away with a homemade parsley dip and a big green salad.

Recipe by: www.chicp.co.u

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