Recipes That Taste Even Better As Leftovers (from the BTD Community!)

Recipes to cook and put in the fridge

Hey y’all, happy Friday! Y’all might have remembered me talking about this on stories and in the newsletter (p.s. are you subscribed?!), and I’m finally doing the post I promised! Lately, I’ve been starting to cook more…yay! But specifically, I’ve been cooking things that make a lot of food and are just as good reheated. Because you know how some recipes are amazing – even better – the next couple days, and some fall flat? Yeah, well I wanted more of the first. For days when I don’t have time or energy to cook lunch or even dinner. Which is a lot…

So, I thought it’d be fun to ask the BTD Community since there’s no better place to look for advice like this. And y’all, you came through! We got so many responses via the newsletter which were SO fun reading through. I’m so grateful to have y’all and that y’all take the time to respond to things like that. It makes my heart happy! OK but back to food (heart you guys!).

Anyways, here’s the list of the recipes that y’all suggested in case you want to make food that you can easily grab the next few days. Whether you’re single and are trying to feed yourself, or have a family or husband to keep full, these all sound amazing! I’ve even started making a few. Thanks again to everyone who left their fave recipe!

Seasoned Pulled Chicken w/ homemade BBQ sauce

Recipe here.

Note from the chef: “Way easier than it sounds and it will CHANGE YOUR LIFE. Make sure to eat with salt & vinegar chips.”


Sweet Potato Chili

Recipe here.

Note from the chef: I heat up on stove for the next couple days!


Baked Spaghetti

Recipe here.


White Chicken Chili

Recipe here.

Note from the chef (who is actually a food blogger!): I’ve had great reception with this one!


Italian Pasta Chicken

Recipe here.

Healthy Taco Salad

(Recipe below!)

This reader wrote in with their own recipe which I loved! Here’s what to do: “The recipe I use is ground turkey, onion, green bell pepper, zucchini, and taco seasoning! I also like to cook up a ton of quinoa for the week to add to salads or any other meal. But with the taco meat I usually just put it on top of greens and quinoa to make a little taco salad. I seriously ate this for lunch every single day at work this week and didn’t get tired of it. So easy, so cheap, and so yummy.”

I thought this would be a fun post that we could build upon! Please comment below if you have an amazing recipe to add to the mix and we’ll be happy to try it and add it for the rest of TEAM BTD! It was fun to read through the email responses we got a few weeks ago!

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    Mary Margaret Bledsoe
    January 12, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    I tried the white chicken chili this week and it was so bomb!!!! SO much flavor

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    January 7, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Dear Brighton, kudos! So practical, which is beautiful, in a way.

    I have cooked ahead for years (now I own 4 large and one small crockpot so I have actually done Sunday dinners and dinner parties in crockpots if I cannot be around!).
    My go-to strategy is to cook beef (roast usually) in one crockpot, usually sitting on top of some root vegetables like potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, onions, turnips. In another crack but I have a whole chicken, or a couple packages of chicken breast, sitting on other vegetables like chop celery and maybe even some rice or quinoa.

    At the end of the day I have dinner plus leftovers for the week, even with grown men to feed. Think: stews, soups, chili, tacos, chopped salad bowls, fajitas, omelettes.

    Looking forward to trying these!

    With kindest regards,
    Nancy Campbell

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    January 7, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    One of my faves to make and eat all week is actually a breakfast recipe! I just take one part oats and two parts water with a pinch of brown sugar, chopped up apples and some frozen cranberries and stick it in the crock pot for about an hour and a half. I make about four cups of oatmeal and it lasts me and my mom all week, we just re-heat in the morning for a quick breakfast!

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    Brooke Livers
    January 7, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Hi Brighton!! I have a super simple recipe that I love to make when I don’t have much time.
    “Salsa Chicken”
    Place chicken breasts in crockpot, cover with your favorite salsa then cook on low for 6-7 hours or on high for 3-4 hours! So easy and yummy. I love to put on top of salads, use for tacos, or just eat by itself with rice and veggies!

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    January 7, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Looking forward to trying some of these! I’m such a believer in repurposing leftovers!!! Don’t waste yummy food!! lol

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    Kimberly Giambrone
    January 7, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    One of my fave chili recipes is from Chrissy Teigen – it’s called “John’s Chili”. I also have a recipe for chicken + cauliflower fried “rice” that is a guiltless go-to.

    I’ll definitely be trying some of these above. I love trying new recipes. Breaks up the dinner rut.

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    Sydney Dennis
    January 7, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    One of my tried and true easy favorites with chicken apple sausage:
    (For 2 meals, double if you want it to last you all work-week)
    1 pkg chicken apple sausage (I use Aidell’s)
    2 bell peppers (I always do a red and orange or yellow)
    1/2 yellow onion
    1 pkg of Seeds of Change quinoa rice mix (or any rice or quinoa you’re wanting!)

    Chop and sauté the veggies. I season with s/p or Tony’s. Once the onion is mostly cooked through, add in the sausage (I just slice all of mine up) and let cook on low until sausages are browned/warmed.

    Then just spread over quinoa mixture and chow down!!

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    Kristie W.
    January 5, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Several recipes caught my eye. Thanks for sharing!

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    January 5, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    These all look amazing! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    January 5, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    I just got really giddy over here seeing you shared my recommendations of recipes from food blogs! I just sent a screenshot to my husband and said “I’m the chef!” Hope you and everyone enjoys them as much as I do!

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    January 5, 2018 at 1:33 pm

    Yum! I so have a thing for leftovers! I’ll have to try one of these!


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    January 5, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Love these! Thanks for the food-spiration, Brighton! Glad to be apart of the BTD community :) :)

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    Alexis deZayas
    January 5, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Both of those chili’s sounds amazing!! What a fun post!

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      Brighton Keller
      January 5, 2018 at 11:33 am

      I LOVE chili for the winter. Something about it feels so cozy!

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    January 5, 2018 at 10:29 am

    These all look so good!

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