A Guide to Loving Your Leftovers

March 1, 2021
by Hattie Uncategorized

    Here at HelloFresh we’ve made it our mission to reduce food waste.

    That’s why our ingredients are pre-portioned and packed to reduce waste. You only get exactly what you need! But we know sometimes you might not be able to finish your dinner. 

    Unsurprisingly, the HelloFresh team spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so we know a trick or two about what to do with unfinished leftovers. This #FoodWasteActionWeek, why not try these simple tricks to whizz what was once waste into a brand new t-a-s-t-y dish?! You’re welcome!

    Cottage Pie

    It’s true leftovers never quite taste the same the day after. If you find yourself with leftover cottage pie, simply add a spoonful of curry paste and use the mixture to stuff pasties. Delicious!  

    Cooked Rice

    Rice is an easy one to overestimate when you’re cooking. If you find you’ve got some spare, cool it quickly and portion into freezer bags. Then, next time you’re in need, microwave from frozen (make sure it’s piping hot!) and add to a curry or fried rice. 

    Roast Chicken

    Spare roast chicken is the best in sandwiches, salads and soups or pair with ham for a creamy pie filling. Yum!

    Roasted Veg

    Roast with the same amount of drained chickpeas + cook for 15 minutes at 180oC. Whizz with tahini, lemon juice and olive oil and you’ve got yourself a delicious vegetable hummus.


    Reduce waste and save a little money! Instead of buying jarred sauces, try whizzing up wilting herbs with oil and nuts to make a fresh pesto.

    Leftover Fish

    Shred up any leftover fish and add to mash and herbs to make delicious fishcakes. You can use cod, smoked haddock, salmon, or a mix!


    Basil leaves are great in a pasta sauce, even if they’re a little wilted! They add a delicious depth of flavour to any pasta dish. 

    Beans and Peas

    Add cooked beans and peas to soups or stews to bulk up.


    Toss in oil and freeze single portions for lunch. Defrost in the fridge in the morning and at lunch stir in veggies of your choice.


    Leftover mash and shredded cabbage make the best bubble and squeak cakes – top with a fried egg for the perfect weekend brunch.

    For more tip and tricks on reducing food waste, check out these 5 genius tricks!

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