When it comes to lunch, leftovers are one of my favorite ways to save time and money! In fact, I’m such a big fan of repurposing leftovers into lunch, you’ll often find lots of ideas on my weekly meal plans.
But rather than just mentioning it on my meal plans, I thought it would be a lot more helpful to share a few of our favorite ways to transform leftovers into healthy, delicious and FUN “lunchables” … all it takes is a little bit of inspiration and planning.
P.S. I’ve got a fun way to say I Love You! These little Lunchbox Love Notes are absolutely precious, and are such a heartfelt way to let your kids know how much you love and care about them.
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I love putting these thoughtful little notes into my boys’ lunchboxes, because I know it makes them feel loved and special!
Rainbow Bean Dip “Lunchable”
For example, if you’ve got leftovers from burrito or taco night, why not use them to make a savory layered bean dip that will have everyone saying olé to lunch! Better yet, plan for leftovers, so everyone can enjoy this tasty lunch that only takes minutes to assemble. And the great thing about this bean dip is it tastes great cold, so no need to warm it. We like to make our own refried beans using either crockpot cooked black beans (Also shown in photo, Homemade GF “Kind” Bars.)
By the way, this adorable bento-style lunchbox comes from Laptop Lunches. For more about finding the best lunchbox options, be sure to check out my post “Which Lunchbox Food Storage System is Right for Your Family?”
Chicken & Veggie Bowls
Another “leftovers-to-lunch” favorite are these flavorful chicken & veggie bowls. Simply dice up leftover Grilled Fajitas, Chimichurri Kebobs, or Pineapple Chicken Skewers and mix with leftover cilantro rice, or if you’re grain-free you’ve got to try my tasty seasoned cauliflower rice. Again, by planning for leftovers, you can toss this delicious lunch together in seconds. (Also shown in photo, Raw Cookie Dough Bites.)
Apricot-Apple Chicken Salad
It’s amazing how just a few simple ingredients can transform a mainstay like chicken into a scrumptious lunch in just minutes. This easy-to-make chicken salad works great with leftover grilled chicken, roast chicken or even canned organic chicken in a pinch. It’s great served alone, with your favorite crackers, over a bed of fresh mesclun greens, or rolled-up in a wrap with some lettuce. (Also shown in photo, Homemade GF “Kind” Bars.)
What are your favorite ways to transform leftovers into lunch? We’re always looking for new ideas to make lunchtime easy, healthy and FUN … so please share your thoughts below … Thanks, friends!