Weeknight winner leftovers

Get the most of your leftovers with this easy meal plan

Make your meals go further with these simple recipes

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Get the most of your leftovers with this easy meal plan

At a time when most of us are having to think on our feet about the meals we're preparing at home, and making our groceries go that bit further, having a handy meal plan to follow can bring some much-needed stability to mealtimes and help avoid binning any leftover food. 

We've devised this simple five-day plan that will help you to make your meals go further, whilst still providing plenty of variety. It's a win-win. All you need is a whole chicken, a packet of sausages, plenty of veg and some store-cupboard favourites and voila, you've got a week's worth of food... 

Monday

Roast Chicken Salad with Sweet Potato Croutons

A roast chicken doesn't have to take hours of basting and hovering around the oven. A roast-in-the-bag joint not only guarantees juicy, succulent meat but also minimises washing up. Use your roast chicken in this crunchy and colourful salad with crispy roast sweet potato croutons. If you can't get hold of a whole chicken, try chicken or turkey breasts instead, or switch out for tofu. 

Tuesday

Pulled Chicken Thai Basil Curry with Green Beans

Leftover chicken? No worries. Use it in sandwiches and salads throughout the week, just make sure to keep some for this coconut curry with crunchy green beans. So tasty that you'd never guess it was leftovers...

Wednesday

Green Bean, Tomato and Feta Salad

Green beans are one of our favourite salad drawer staples, and thanks to their relatively long shelf life, you can happily dip into a bag throughout the week without worrying about them withering. Use up odds and ends in this tasty salad bulked out with butter beans, crumbly feta and gorgeous tomatoes. 

Thursday

Sausage and Mediterranean Vegetable Tray Bake

Use up leftover tomatoes from yesterday's salad in this colourful traybake. This one-pan wonder marries saucy roasted tomatoes, sweet squash and silky aubergine with succulent sausages in a colourful feast you can have on the table in under an hour.

Friday

Spicy Sausage Rigatoni

Find yourself with a few leftover sausages, but not enough to make the star of the meal? Crumble and fry the sausage meat and toss into pasta for a delicious meaty sauce that'll make those sausages go the distance. Sheer pasta perfection - now pass the Parmesan!