5 Lunches to Make From Dinner Leftovers

This is a guest post by Meredith K. on behalf of ConAgra Foods and ReadySetEat. For more easy lunch and dinner ideas, visit www.readyseteat.com.

 leftovers packed for lunch in EasyLunchboxes

Do you ever bring leftovers from dinner for lunch the next day?

They’re a great way to get the most out of your groceries, and this guarantees that you won’t let your food go to waste. Leftovers don’t have the most exciting reputation though; it can admittedly get a little boring when you’re eating the same meal multiple times in a row.

So how do you make boring old leftovers as appetizing and delicious as when you first had them for dinner? Transform them into entirely new meals! There are plenty of easy recipes for dinner that are great for turning into just-as-easy lunches. The following are 5 ideas of ways to use last night’s leftovers to create interesting, yummy and satisfying lunches:

 Flank Steak for dinner = a Steak & Cheese for lunch

Leftover steak from the night before? Simply take a hoagie roll and pile on the sliced steak, along with whatever cheese you have in the fridge for an incredibly easy steak and cheese sandwich. If you have time to sauté mushrooms and onions you can kick up your sandwich even more, as well as add some nutritional benefits.

Spaghetti and Meatballs for dinner = Meatball Subs for lunch

If you have leftover spaghetti and meatballs, dig out the meatballs and sauce and place on a soft hoagie roll for a hearty meatball sub lunch. Top with provolone or parmesan cheese for the full, gooey sub experience and pack a green salad as a healthy, lighter side dish.

Tortellini for dinner = Pasta Salad for lunch 

Tortellini, and pasta in general, makes a great leftover lunch food since it’s just as good eaten cold as it is eaten piping hot. Mix up your leftover tortellini with some light mayonnaise or olive oil and lots of chopped up veggies for a fresh and simple pasta salad that’s perfect for a light lunch.

Pasta Salad

Roast Chicken for dinner = Chicken Tacos for lunch 

Leftover chicken can be used for all kinds of things, from sandwiches and wraps to salads and soups, but packing chicken tacos for lunch takes leftover chicken to another level. Shred some leftover chicken, wrap it up in small tortillas and throw some shredded cheese, lettuce, salsa and sour cream into the lunchbox for a fun build-your-own taco lunch.

 Grilled Vegetables for dinner = Pizza Toppings for lunch 

If your kids didn’t eat all of their veggies for dinner last night, try putting the leftovers on an English muffin pizza the next day. They’re easy to heat up in the toaster oven or microwave, but if there’s no heat available, cold pizza is still yummy (just melt the cheese the night before). Chop up your leftover veggies and sprinkle over an English muffin covered with tomato sauce and cheese.

Do you have a favorite way to reuse dinner leftovers for lunch? Share in the comments!

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