7 Recipes That Make Fabulous Lunch Leftovers

7 Recipes That Make Fabulous Lunch Leftovers

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Sheela Prakash
Oct 29, 2017
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Like so many people, lunch is always a constant struggle for me. Figuring out dinner and breakfast is easy, but that midday meal – boy is it tough to crack. I constantly struggle with buying and prepping intentional lunches for the week. The one thing that has proven to be a savior is leftovers. If I make a dinner or two every week that holds up well in the fridge for a few days for a satisfying lunch, I can rest easy. Here are seven recipes I frequently turn to.

1. Garlicky Soba Noodle Bowls

These bowls, filled with chewy, earthy soba noodles and crunchy vegetables, are served at room temperature and hold up well in the refrigerator for a few days, so they're a great option for lunch leftovers.

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2. Warm Beet and Farro Salad

This hearty vegetarian salad actually tastes even better the next day, once the dressing has even more time to soak into the farro and roasted beets. Plus, you don't even need to worry about reheating it, as it's just as good at room temperature.

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3. Double-Crusted Chicken Tenders with Sriracha-Honey BBQ Sauce

If you actually manage to not eat all of these crispy, irresistible chicken tenders for dinner, leftovers are pretty great sliced on top of a salad or made into a sandwich with more of the BBQ sauce.

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4. Muffin Pan Deep-Dish Pizzas

These quick and easy mini pizzas are totally worth making a double batch of. Leftovers pack up well and only need a few minutes in a toaster oven to bring them back to life.

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5. Orzo with Caramelized Fall Vegetables & Ginger

This colorful dish is definitely something you'll look forward to eating the next day for lunch. Enjoy it warm or at room temperature and bring along a bit of shaved Parmesan to top it with!

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6. Curried Vegetable Galette

The only thing better than pie for dinner might be pie for lunch. A nice-sized wedge of this galette makes for a special lunch just as good at room temperature as it is heated up.

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7. Chorizo Chicken Chili

Chili is another one that almost always tastes better the next day, once the smoky, spicy flavors have had time to meld. It's a hearty lunch that's sure to keep you full until dinner.

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