Three Easy Summer Meals that Make Great Leftovers

By Ebony Porter, July 27, 2015, Recipes, Save Money

Three Easy Summer Meals that Make Great LeftoversWorking, raising a family, and balancing a full social calendar means life is busy! Have you considered cooking nutritious meals that are tasty served as leftovers?

If you’re not typically a fan of leftovers, these meals taste just as fresh and delicious the day after they are prepared. Get creative and save yourself a bit of time and money with these three easy summer meals.

Jill’s Roast Chicken

This leftover favorite stems from my childhood family tradition of a Sunday night roast. Don’t let roasting a chicken intimidate you. Once you try it, we guarantee you’ll be hooked!

Serve your roast chicken in the summertime with a crispy garden salad for a clean nutritious dinner. Refrigerate leftover chicken in an airtight container to use for the rest of the week in cold salads, pastas, or as deli meat. If you selected an organic or free range chicken, you’ll find it’s far more affordable than other natural deli meat options.


  • 6-7 lb organic or free range chicken
  • Soy sauce
  • Sprigs of fresh oregano or rosemary


  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • Remove gizzards from chicken and wash the chicken with water
  • Place sprigs of fresh oregano or rosemary into the cavity of the chicken to infuses the chicken with a lovely herbal flavor
  • Cover the chicken’s skin with soy sauce in a roasting pan, and the chicken will create its own juices.
  • Cook chicken for 20 minutes
  • Reduce oven temperature to 325°F and cook for one hour
  • Baste chicken with roasting brush every 20 minutes, since the soy sauce and the fat from the chicken will create a beautiful sauce you want to keep applying to the chicken’s body as it roasts to encourage the skin to crisp.
  • Put a knife through the leg area of the chicken between the breast and leg, and if clear juices run out, the chicken is done
  • Carve chicken and enjoy

Lemon Summer Pasta

Pasta wears a coat of many colors, and while lasagna and heavy Bolognese sauces make us think of winter, lighten up your pasta with a few simple ingredients that taste great hot for dinner – and even better the next day for lunch! This easy recipe is vegetarian and not too heavy on the stomach.


  • Bag of fusilli or farfalle pasta
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup chopped green onions
  • ½ cup shredded fresh parmesan
  • Juice from a whole lemon
  • Zest from half a lemon


  • Boil pasta according to the package as some pastas require longer boils times and drain
  • First add olive oil and stir thoroughly to ensure pasta doesn’t stick together
  • Add remaining ingredients and stir well to ensure pasta is well infused with the flavors of the lemon and onions
  • Serve for dinner while still warm
  • Place leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator, and the pasta continues to marinate for a great cold meal the next day

Three Easy Summer Meals that Make Great LeftoversPumpkin Raisin Quinoa Salad

Super versatile just like pasta, quinoa can sit in the fridge for days, and taste as fresh as it did the day it was cooked. It can also be as simple or complex as your taste buds desire!

Vegan and easy to prepare, this quinoa salad is packed with protein. It goes great as a side dish with a piece of grilled fish, or on its own served in a bowl. Enjoy it the following day for lunch!


  • 1 cup quinoa
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive Oil
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ½ cup roasted pumpkin seeds
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Place 1 cup of quinoa with 2 cups of water into a saucepan on the stovetop. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Fluff with a fork and allow to cool.
  • Mix all ingredients into a larger bowl and thoroughly cover quinoa with the lemon juice and olive oil.
  • Add salt and pepper to your liking.
  • Refrigerate one hour prior to serving….enjoy!

What are your favorite summer leftover recipes? Share with us below!

Recipes by Ebony Porter

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