Having the ability to turn dinner into (a delicious) lunch the next day is a skill that needs to be developed, or so I’ve learned. As much as I would like to think that I was always good at this, I wasn’t. You have to learn through practice, and moving out from my parents house really gave me a lot of opportunity to learn and practice this skill. Being able to convert leftovers into a wicked luck is something I take pride in, and I hope I inspire you to try your hand at making some amazing lunches!
If pasta is on the menu for dinner – make more!
Pasta is really easy to take for lunch the next day, just toss it with some sauce bring some cut up veggies and you’ve got yourself a meal! If you’d rather eat something completely new you could also make a pasta salad by adding some chopped veggies to your pasta and tossing it in a dressing right before you’re ready to eat. Making additional pasta for your lunch will take you no extra time and it’s very versatile.
Turkey/Veggie/Chicken/Beef Burgers on the menu?
Eat it with a salad! This is one of my all time favourite lunches – turkey burger (warmed up separately) on top of a spinach salad with tonnes of veggies. Not only are you still able to enjoy your left overs, but you’re making something totally new from them – not to mention it will be a nutritional power house.
Cooking for one?
The best way to get food for lunches is to always cook more than one portion when you are cooking. For example, Tuesday night you’re making a stir fry for dinner. Instead of making only enough for dinner, make a little more and portion it out right away for your lunch. Another tip is to make more than one serving of the grains you’re making (think quinoa, rice, etc.). It’s really easy to turn left over rice into rice and bean burritos, or leftover quinoa into quinoa salad.
Choose to make big batch meals and freeze portions!
This method works extremely well for things like soups, stews, or chillis. I always make a big batch, usually on a Sunday, and freeze the extra in individual portions. This works well for several reasons: you’re only cooking once for several meals and you’re not wasting food!
What are your favourite ways to turn leftovers into great lunches or second dinners?
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