Delicious soup of beef and frozen vegetables. Dishes that contain a good amount of liquid, such as stews, stews, or anything made in a slow cooker, are great leftovers, as their flavors tend to intensify and improve over time and the liquid prevents them from drying out. Foods that are baked in the oven, such as baked pasta, enchiladas, and other casserolea-type dishes, are ideal for reheating, while fried foods are not well preserved or reheated. Because they're made with lots of liquid and because their flavors only improve over time, hearty stews are the ideal leftovers.
If you're going to serve the stew with something starchy, such as noodles, gnocchi, or spaetzle, it's best to store and reheat them separately. Ratatouille, a Provence-style stew, makes incredible vegetarian leftovers, and you can also puree the vegetables into a velvety soup, add a little milk or broth as needed and top it with a spoonful of yogurt or goat cheese for a whole new meal. Whether you like chili with pieces of meat, ground turkey, or just beans and vegetables, it's a dish designed to be cooked in a large pot or slow cooker, and it's perfect to put in the fridge or freezer and enjoy later. Keep the chili on its own and add a fresh round of extras such as rice, chips, cheese or sour cream when you reheat it.
To mix things up, add leftover chili to a baked potato or macaroni and cheese, fill it into peppers, or use it to make nachos or burritos. We don't need another reason to love the slow cooker, but besides being the most practical appliance, it also tends to create prepared meals just for leftovers. Plus, most slow cooker recipes easily feed a crowd. Go beyond the obvious soups and stews and try larger, tougher cuts of meat, such as pork shoulder or beef brisket, which become wonderfully tender after a few hours in a slow cooker and produce leftovers perfect for piling up on sandwiches, tortillas, or nachos.
Chicken thighs are another great option. They cook faster than a large piece of meat, but they stay moist and tasty, so they can be enjoyed all week long. With their bold and complex flavors, both Indian and Thai curries make great leftovers. In addition, they usually contain a good amount of liquid, which prevents all their delicious ingredients from drying out in the fridge.
Try to store and reheat the curry sauce, as well as the meat and vegetables, separately from the rice or noodles, so that the rice and noodles maintain their texture and don't get too soft.