Turn Delicious Meals Into Decadent Leftovers
We understand life can get hectic. When you’re juggling family, work, and extracurricular activities, it can get overwhelming. Lunch prep should be the last thing on your mind!
Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with a few tasty meal ideas that make the perfect leftovers for lunch. Say goodbye to soggy sandwiches and microwavable box meals and make way for delectable pasta, savory roasted chicken and succulent soups. Hungry yet?
Whether you decide on spaghetti with meatballs or a true Italian-style cheese lasagna, one thing holds true: pasta is always better the next day. Pasta is famous for making delectable next-day meals because the sauces and spices have time to settle and truly release their robust flavors. These make for savory leftover treats at work or home. Just be careful when reheating to ensure you don’t burn or overcook. Remember, there’s less water in the dish the second time around. Delizioso!
Who doesn’t love a heaping bowl of mouth-watering chili, topped with cheddar cheese and some crushed crackers? Well, we’ve got good news: chili makes for one of the best leftover meals. Take it for lunch in a container to work or scramble it into your breakfast eggs for a savory, protein-packed morning meal. You could even pour it over tortilla chips and veggies for a hassle-free taco salad. How versatile!
Much like their pasta counterpart, casseroles unleash a flavorful essence long after the cooking is done. As a staple in most American households, casseroles are easy to put together and even easier to keep as leftovers because of their sheer size (after all, what family really eats a whole casserole in one night?). Bonus points: casseroles freeze well, so it’ll still have that fresh, creamy flavor we all know and love even a week later. Make a batch for the freezer so you always have a last-minute lunch to grab on your way out the door!
Soups and Stews
Give that beef stew some time in the refrigerator and you’ll be amazed at how much richer and heartier it tastes by day three. Soups can be tricky because of the high levels of moisture (encouraging mold and other bacteria to grow), so be sure to seal it in an air-tight container. We also recommend eating it within 3-4 days after cooking it for the freshest, boldest flavor. Need some soup-spiration? Check out one of our favorite recipes here!
This one might seem like a no-brainer, but we love the ease and versatility of cooked chicken breast – and it’s an easy addition to your evening dinner routine. After cooking a few extra chicken breasts, slice and store them in air-tight containers for your lunch week. Grab a container on your way out to work and you can add them to salad, toss them into a tortilla, or eat them just as they are. Bon appetite!
Have some leftover ideas of your own? Share them with us or let us know how these ones turn out! Because who doesn’t love a delicious, hassle-free lunch?