Turn your leftovers from dinner into the next day’s lunch. Before you know it you’ll be cooking extra at dinner to make sure everyone in the family gets to take a leftover lunch with them the next day. Here are some ideas:
When you bake or grill a chicken, use the leftovers to make chicken sandwiches, salad or a wrap the next day. You can also prepare a regular green salad with your favorite toppings like cucumbers, tomatoes and sprouts and top with bite sized chunks of chicken for a grilled chicken salad. Just store the dressing on the side and pour it over the salad when you’re ready to eat.
Slice up any leftovers and use it to make meatloaf sandwiches, or place one slice on top of a serving of spaghetti and cover with tomato sauce. When ready to eat, simply pop it in the microwave for a yummy lunch.
Pot Roast is one of those dishes that gets better each time you heat it up. Pair it with some leftover vegetables or make a sandwich out of it. Slice up a sub-style roll and fill it with pot roast and slices of tomato for a filling lunch sandwich.
Soup and Stew
Just about any type of soup or stew makes for a great leftover lunch. You can heat the soup in the microwave at the office, or if that’s not an option, invest in a small big-mouthed thermos. Fill it with hot soup or stew in the morning and it will still be warm enough when lunch time comes around. Be sure to pack a big piece of French bread for dipping.
Most pasta dishes can be stored in small microwave containers and reheated at lunch time. Just be sure to add a little extra sauce to keep the pasta dish from getting too dry. Simply top your leftover spaghetti with a little cheese, leftover meat or fresh veggies to make it different from last night’s dinner.
Pork Chops and Steaks
Slice up leftover pork or steak and turn it into delicious sandwiches or wraps. You can also make a filling salad by topping your favorite mixed greens with the meat cut into bite sized chunks.