3 “Left-Over” Dinners


√Budget Friendly

Use up leftovers

√Family Friendly


Looking for a handful of super easy, super affordable, super fast lunches/dinners that will use up your leftovers? Look no further!

Meatball Subs: Have leftover meatballs in spaghetti sauce? Use leftover hot dog buns and cheese to make quick and easy subs. OR use a cheap Italian or French loaf of bread (cheaper and tastier than buying a package of buns AND then you can slice extra and freeze for later). Toast the outside of the bread, add some meatballs and sauce to the inside, top with your favorite cheese, and pop in the oven until melted and bubbly. Serve with chips. A 10 minute dinner!

Red Beans and Rice (with Sausage!): This can’t get any easier. Prepare Red Beans and Rice according to directions. If you want, use broth instead of water. Drop sliced (or diced) sausage into the pot as after seasonings and water are well mixed. Cook according to package directions. Great for using the left-over sausage from Easy Jambalaya!

Easy BBQ Baked Beans (with Hot Dogs): So easy! In a medium size pot (or pan), cover hot dogs with water and boil for 4 minutes. Remove from water, lay on paper towels to dry, and then cut into bite size pieces. Pour out water. Open a can (or two) of your favorite baked beans and add to pot. Next, decide how much BBQ sauce you want. You have options! Either add up to half a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce to the pot OR add a spoonful of brown sugar, some ketchup, and some mustard to the beans. Add back in hot dogs. Feel free to stir in chopped onions or peppers! Bring to a boil and then simmer for at least 5 minutes. The longer you simmer, the better the flavors! Such an easy way to use up leftover hot dogs!!


3 Comments Add yours

  1. JenE says:

    I just wanted to let everyone know that I change up the ingredients for my BBQ Baked Beans based on the brand and flavor of the Baked Beans I pick up. Busch’s Original — Honey BBQ sauce; Van Camp’s Original Pork and Beans — yellow mustard and Kraft Original BBQ.

    Also, I have used left over Lil’ Smokies and fully cooked sausage (like the Split Rope Sausage from Johnsonville) instead of hot dogs.

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