What Meals Make the Best Leftovers?

Our readers often ask for menus and recipes that will stretch beyond just one meal. We all want recipes that do double-duty as dinner one night and lunch the next. We try to give you recipes that fit this, but sometimes it's helpful to start from the other end. We ask you: what meals make the best leftovers?

We are just coming off a weeklong leftovers-fest, powered by a fridge full of meal remnants from a Friday supper with friends. There were spicy braised green beans with salt pork. There was a rich beef ragu and anelletti pasta. We also had roasted squash with garlic and onion soup. Even breakfast was leftovers; we made a pot of steel-cut oats with raisins and cinnamon and ate them all week. (They make fantastic leftovers and a quick breakfast too.)

(And if you want the guilty confessions too, we really, really love takeout vegetable lo mein cold and greasy from the box. For breakfast.)

These are just a few of the things that we love as leftovers. What about you? What do you cook in order to have around all week? What tastes better after a few nights in the fridge? What leftovers do you love the most?

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