"Love Your Leftovers" BBQ Bowl

"Love Your Leftovers" BBQ Bowl
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Source: The Clean & Simple Diabetes Cookbook. Recipe Credit: . Photo Credit: Renee Comet.

​Eating leftovers doesn't have to mean eating the same meal again! Get creative and repurpose leftovers in an all-in-one bowl. Use whatever leftover grains, vegetables, and protein you have in the fridge and bring it all together with a tangy BBQ sauce. You can use store-bought BBQ sauce (look for a brand with no added sugar!) or try this recipe for a quick and easy Fruit-Sweetened BBQ Sauce.

This bowl works well with a Texan, Mexican, or Asian vibe. Pre-cooked protein? Try chicken breast, turkey breast, or tofu. Pre-cooked nonstarchy veggies? Try broccoli, zucchini, or bell peppers. Pre-cooked whole grains? Try farro, brown rice, or sorghum. Sauce other than BBQ? Try salsa, Asian peanut sauce, or a little bit of hot sauce. There are endless possibilities!

Find this recipe and more in The Clean & Simple Diabetes Cookbook by Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN


  • Prep time
    10 min
  • Cook time
    1 min
  • Servings
    1 Servings
  • Serving size
    1 bowl
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

1 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1 bowl
  • Amount per serving Calories 340

  • Total Fat 6g
    • Saturated Fat 1.3g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 70mg
  • Sodium 420mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 38g
    • Dietary Fiber 11g
    • Total Sugars 8g
  • Protein 37g
  • Potassium 1500mg
  • Phosphorus 485mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1 Starch, 4 Nonstarchy vegetable, 4 Lean protein



  • fresh baby spinach
    1 1/2 cup
  • cooked lean protein such as chicken (cut into bite-size pieces)
    3 oz
  • cooked whole grain such as quinoa, rice, or barley
    1/3 cup
  • cooked nonstarchy vegetables such as broccoli (cut into bite-sized pieces)
    1 1/2 cup
  • no-sugar-added barbecue sauce
    1 1/2 tbsp
  • fresh cilantro
    2 tbsp
  • lime wedge
    1 or 2


  1. Add the spinach to a microwave-safe bowl. Arrange the lean protein, veggies, and whole grains on top. Drizzle with the barbecue sauce.

  2. Heat in the microwave on high for 1 minute 15 seconds, or until hot. Adjust seasoning.

  3. Sprinkle with the cilantro and serve with the lime wedge(s).