Kick that takeout food up a notch!  

We're all budgeting a little tighter and being more conscious of our food these days—after all, sitting at home all day in a worldwide will do that to you. One area that may be getting a little more focus than before is the area of leftovers, especially that leftover takeout food. Sure, some may taste twice as nice the next day by simply being warmed up in the microwave, but others have the potential to go to entirely new places. We have a few ideas for you on how to repurpose those leftovers and take your takeout food to the next level!

5 Ways to Repurpose That Leftover Takeout

Make a Whole New Meal

Turn dinner into breakfast. That leftover bit of steak or carnitas will make a tasty addition to a plate of eggs; simply toss everything into a tortilla and you have a yummy breakfast burrito. On the flip side, if you have leftover nachos or a burrito, you can chop the whole thing up and toss it into a potato and egg hash, making a delicious (and different) breakfast scramble. Leftover chicken can be shredded, added to a salad, a wrap, nachos, or flatbread toppings.

Pizza Panini 

We love leftover pizza—it's great for breakfast, a late-night chomp, and everything else in between. That being said, maybe you want to change it up a bit for round two. If so, you'll love the idea of a pizza panini. With 2-4 slices of pizza, cover them with cheese and other meats, then fold over each slice just like a Panini sandwich and place them into a press. Be sure to cook the slices until the cheese is melted. You can add fresh spinach and tomatoes, more meat, whatever you want. Chopped-up pizza also works well as a salad ingredient, makes for tasty croutons, and goes well in eggs or quiche.


Sauces are the undersung hero of a lot for takeout dishes. There's usually some leftover sauce that gets tossed with the container, which is just a waste, if you ask us. That leftover sauce can make tomorrow’s lunch or dinner that much better, and can be transformed into a perfect marinade or stir fry addition.


Some takeout packaging is pretty sturdy and seems like a waste to throw away, so save and reuse 'em—especially the ones with snap-on lids. These are perfect for storing art supplies, make excellent paint trays, are perfect for organization tools in drawers, and can be used as pill storage and dosing containers. There's a lot more that can be done with that to-go container than being merely tossed in the trash. 


There are a ton of these out there right now for food delivery, as many places are shut down or are takeout/delivery only. Take advantage of the buy-one-get-one deals, the free delivery deals, the new customer deals. There are a lot of ways to get free grub and maximize your money. Do your research in your local area to see what restaurants are participating and what they're offering. Retail Me Not links to many of these deals. Here at Our Community Now, we have an entire guide devoted to local eateries and restaurants that you can order takeout, to-go, curbside, and more.

Getting creative with takeout leftovers is fun and offers ingredients and flavors we may not have in our regular kitchen stock. The ideas we mentioned can reduce waste and make sure you're getting as much use from your takeout meal as possible—and we know there are plenty more ways we have not thought of!

Do you like a simple reheat and second helping, or are you more adventurous with that leftover grub? We want to know how you use your takeout leftovers in the comments.