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While some look at leftovers as taking up extra space in their fridge, we see them as an exciting opportunity. Having some of your ingredients already prepped saves you a few extra steps, so it’s a time-saver, too. From burrito bowls to casseroles, it’s easy to bring leftover rice and beans back to life with these 17 recipes.

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Honey-Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls

Dream dinner right here.

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Crock-Pot Pork Adobo with Black Beans

A new twist on a Filipino classic.

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20-Minute Cilantro Chicken with Rice and Beans

Ready before your family can ask, “What’s for dinner?”

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Salsa Chicken and Rice Casserole

This one has “weeknight” written all over it.

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Black Bean Plantain Vegan Bowl

Packed with good-for-you ingredients.

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Fiesta Chicken and Rice

Throw in any extra veggies you have on hand.

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Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole

The easiest decision you’ll make all week.

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Vegan Brown Rice Jambalaya with Black Eyed Peas and Collards

We’re swooning over this one by Coterie member Phoebe Lapine.

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Chipotle Black Bean, Brown Rice, and Mango Quesadillas

A double batch is in order. Trust us.

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Cheesy Beans and Rice

With leftover rice, step one is already done.

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Lime Cilantro Chicken with Mixed Rice and Black Beans

The leftovers make a fabulous lunch.

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Chipotle Enchilada Shrimp with Rice and Beans

Cool if we eat the whole skillet?

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Coconut Brown Rice, Black Beans and Sweet Potato with Cashew Cilantro Lime Sauce

Believe it: This beauty by Coterie member Gina Hamshaw is totally vegan.

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Chicken Fajita Burrito Bowl

Eat your heart out, Chipotle.

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Vegan Crunchwrap

Once you try cashew queso, you’ll be hooked.

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Loaded, Smothered Beef Burritos

Just the cheesy goodness we had in mind.

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Southwest Egg Rolls

Don’t knock ’em until you’ve tried ’em.

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