We’re gearing up for back to learning, and while I’m a self-professed Meal-Planning delinquent (*intuitive cooks unite!*), we do have some super easy recipes from the archives that would make great outside-the-typical lunchbox ideas for in-school/home-based learning. Double-whammy recipes are one of my favourite ways to simplify. Here are 8 Easy Recipes Turned Leftovers for School Lunches ideas to add to your meal rotation:
8 Easy Recipes Turned Leftovers for School Lunches
1. Greek Pasta Salad
Packed with veggies, carbs & cheese, no heating required & a great nutritious lunch option.
2. Old School Mac n’ Cheese
Heat & serve or add to their thermos. We also love adding cooked broccoli to this one to get those veggies in.
3. Turkey, Bean & Kale Soup
One of our family’s favourites for when Fall arrives & temps dip, warm this up for a hearty thermos lunch. Leave out the turkey for a vegetarian option.
4. Classic Zucchini Loaf
Not just for breakfast ideas, bake this as a loaf and/or in muffin tins for a veggie + protein packed unusual but delicious lunch option.
5. No Cook Recipes
Make a batch of our Mediterranean Chickpea Salad, Tuna Lettuce Wraps or Antipasto Kebabs & Charcuterie or 5-Bean Medley Salad for simple no-cook options that will fill bellies nicely.
6. Turkey Parmesan Zucchini Boats
Chop these up, heat & add rice or plain pasta for a protein & veg packed lunch.
7. One Pot Pasta e Fagioli
Double batch this recipe for lots of hearty leftovers you can warm for lunches or freeze for future.
8. Sheet Pan Lemon Garlic Salmon
Take the refrigerated leftovers & turn them into salmon salad for sandwiches or wraps by breaking up the fillets with a fork & adding either olive oil or mayo.
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Whatever back-to-school arrangement you have, we wish your family a wonderful start to a very unusual year and hope some of these recipes help relieve a bit of stress in this emotionally charged time!
Keep well, eat well
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Barbara Di Mambro says
Turkey Zucchini boats and one pot pasta and fagioli are two of my favourite. Sonya made them for us many times when she made her own family batch. They are good if you have seniors needing a quick dish.
i love your ideas to make lunch with leftover i often make new dishes with leftovers and my kids love it
House of Kerrs says
Thanks so much for your kind words, Jennifer 🙂 I hope there’s one here your family can enjoy! All the very best with the new school year!