Which Dinners Make the Best Leftover Lunches?

Get more bang for your buck with these two-in-one meals.

Amanda Thomas
5-minute read
Episode #211

I typically layer this bake in the following pattern:

·         Enchilada sauce

·         Corn tortillas (cut to cover the bottom of the pan)

·         Protein layer

·         Cheese

·         Corn tortillas

·         Enchilada sauce

·         Veggie layer

·         Corn tortillas

·         Enchilada sauce

·         Cheese

Cover the pan with foil and bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Uncover, add a little extra cheese to the top, and broil until it’s bubbly. The casserole will be like molten lava when you take it out of the oven, so let it stand for at least 10 minutes before serving. It is amazing the night of, and even more yummy the next day as leftovers.

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Grilled Meats and Veggies

If you like to have variety in your leftover meals, then grilling is my recommendation for you. 

If you like to have variety in your leftover meals, then grilling is my recommendation for you. Grilling a large amount of meat and vegetables can give you a number of options to use for days to come. The night you grill, you can enjoy the meat and veggies straight off the grill with a side of rice or other grain. I’ll admit, we often use boxes of rice on nights that we grill because the grilling process can take a lot of prep and cooking time. Being able to simply add water and boil to a box of rice or quinoa takes a little stress out of the cooking process.

Once you have enjoyed your meat and veggies for the night, I like to slice up the leftovers so they are ready for the next day. If you used a spicy marinade or rub, you can use the leftovers to create fajitas or burritos by simply adding a tortilla, cheese, and salsa. Or you create a super healthy (and fancy looking!) salad, which is my personal favorite way to use leftover grilled meats and veggies. I package up a container of greens, add my meats and veggies, sprinkle on some Feta or your favorite salad cheese, and pack a little container of dressing to toss with the salad mix right before I eat. Not only does this leftover meal give you a couple servings of vegetables in one sitting, but it is virtually fool proof. No matter what meat or veggies you have grilled, there are options for cheeses and dressings that will go perfectly with the grilled flavors you have on top of your greens.

While almost any meal can be made in to leftovers, these are my favorite three options. You can get creative with all of them to make them your own, and as long as you cook enough the first night, you can get enough to feed yourself for the next few meals. Don’t worry if it takes you a little time to learn how much extra you need to make in order to create enough leftovers. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll likely find that you can almost always have a home-cooked lunch from your previous night’s leftovers.

Until next time, I’m the Domestic CEO, helping you love your home.