Easy and Delicious 2nd Chance Skillet

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Just a few ingredients

  • Leftover cooked meat (chicken, beef, or pork)
  • Vegetables (bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, or any veggies on hand)
  • Cooked pasta, rice, or quinoa
  • Olive oil
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Grated cheese (optional)
A bowl of sauteed veggies, grilled chicken, and brown rice with a bite on a fork.

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What You will Need?

Chopped Veggies on a cutting board with knife.

How To Put It all Together

  1. Heat the Skillet: Place a skillet over medium heat and spay with Olive Oil or Avocado Spray. Allow it to heat up, ensuring the entire surface is coated.
  2. Vegetable Symphony: Toss in the chopped vegetables and sauté until they are tender yet still vibrant. This is the perfect time to let your creativity shine by experimenting with different combinations of vegetables.
  3. Meat Reunion: Introduce the leftover meat to the skillet, allowing it to join the vegetable party. Stir well to combine the flavors.
  4. Bring in the Carbs: Add the cooked pasta, rice, or quinoa to the skillet, giving your dish substance and texture. Mix everything thoroughly to ensure an even distribution of ingredients.
  5. Season to Perfection: Sprinkle No Salt Garlic Herb seasoning, red pepper flakes, and any additional herbs over the skillet. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. Don’t be afraid to get creative with spices that complement the flavors of your leftovers.
  6. Optional Cheesy Goodness: For an extra indulgence, sprinkle grated cheese over the top. Cover the skillet for a few minutes until the cheese melts and forms a delicious golden crust.
  7. Serve and Enjoy: Plate your 2nd Chance Skillet, garnish with fresh herbs, and serve immediately. Revel in the satisfaction of turning leftovers into a mouthwatering masterpiece.
A bowl of sauteed veggies, grilled chicken, and brown rice.

A bowl of sauteed veggies, grilled chicken, and brown rice with a bite on a fork.

Easy and Delicious 2nd Chance Skillet

Skillet Dinner made with soon to expire veggies and leftovers
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course lunch, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 134 kcal



  • 1 cup Zucchini Diced
  • 1/2 cup Carrots Diced
  • 1 cup Spinach Chopped
  • 1/2 cup Artichokes Marinated
  • 1/2 cup Tomatoes Cherry,diced
  • 1/2 cup Onion red
  • 1 tbsp No Salt Garlic Herb Seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 3/4 cup Rice Brown
  • 8 oz Chicken Grilled
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • Olive Oil Spray Avocado spray


  • Prep all the ingredients so they are all about the same size.
  • Coat Skillet with Olive Oil or Avocado Spray.
  • Heat to medium High.
  • Saute Vegetables with seasoning until they start to get tender, slightly browned.
  • Add Chicken (Protein) and rice.
  • Stir until heated through then add grated cheese.
  • Cover for a few minutes allowing the cheese to melt.


Note: use any combination of leftovers you have on hand. 


Serving: 1cupCalories: 134kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 14gFat: 3gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 196mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4g
Keyword Beef, chicken, easy, leftovers, Pork Roast, quick, Veggies
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