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Occasionally we have parts of meals that we couldn't finish and so end up with leftovers. Take this as an opportunity to create a 'Second Chance' meal.

To help you get started we're sharing some of our favourite leftover recipes that use common leftover ingredients such as chicken, pasta and veggies. The recipes have been provided by Hello Table, Cumberland Council from their Love Your Leftovers app and cookbook as well as Go for 2&5®.

Want to share your own recipe? Visit our Facebook page and let everyone know about your 'Second Chance' meal.

Cooking with your leftovers and ingredients you have at home are just two of the things we can do to reduce food waste. We can also plan our meals, write a shopping list, measure serving sizes and store food right to keep it fresh.

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Crispy Salmon with Rocket Pesto

Special occasions Good for leftovers

A simple way to cook salmon that can be complemented by any vegetables you have on hand.

Crispy Salmon with Rocket Pesto


  • Salmon fillet (skin on)
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Sweet potato
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower


  • 2 large handfuls of rocket
  • 1 bulb garlic
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Place salt, pepper and olive oil on skin of salmon (you can score the skin of the salmon by placing two slits in the skin; this will allow heat to pass through to the flesh a bit quicker)
Place in a pre-heated pan and cook skin side down for a minimum of six minutes
Turn over salmon and cook for a further three minutes on flesh side (to achieve medium consistency; six minutes to be cooked all the way through) then rest the fish
In a spate pot place ½ a sweet potato (diced into two centimetre cubes) and just submerge in cold water. Cover and bring to boil and reduce to a simmer and continue cooking till sweet potato is just tender. You can place broccoli and cauliflower into a steamer over the sweet potato whilst cooking
Once the vegetables are cooked, drain the sweet potato and season with salt and pepper and add at least two tablespoons of olive oil.
Mash the sweet potato (you may like to add a bit more olive oil to achieve a smooth consistency).

For the rocket pesto, place in a small food blender/ processor the two handfuls of rocket, diced garlic, pine nuts (you can roast these in advance in the pan that you use to later cook the salmon), olive oil, salt and pepper and pulse to a smooth consistency. You may need to add a bit more olive oil if the mixture is a bit dry. You can add Parmesan if you like to the pesto or leave it out for those that are lactose intolerant.

Original recipe by Stuart Nunn, Toongabbie. Featured in Cumberland Council’s Love Your Leftovers cookbook and app.

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