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Planned Leftovers-for work lunches

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CeeBee Dec 26, 2008 07:38 AM

Now that Christmas is over with, I've moved on to my new year's resolution making. Bringing lunch to work is near the top of my list. I like to cook something big on Sundays or after work during the week and then have the leftovers for lunches. Some of my usuals: chili, soups, pastas, quiches, etc. Things that are tasty and easy to reheat in a microwave.
I've done this off an on for the past couple of years and would love some new ideas. Seems like lots of hounds do something similar for lunches.
Anything that doesn't rely too heavily on dairy would be an added bonus. Besides that, I'll try just about anything at least once!

  1. grandgourmand Dec 30, 2008 09:17 AM

    I find pretty much anything I make during the week can be converted into lunch the next day...well, anything without seafood.

    One specific thing I'll point out is leftover fajitas that turn into wraps. Pretty much the same ingredients, except cold.

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      cheesecake17 Dec 30, 2008 10:05 AM

      Walmart in New Hampshire had these great wraps that were really low calorie. I think they brand was Tortilla Factory (I could be wrong). They herb flavor was great with tuna, and I'm sure the whole wheat or plain would be good with the fajita ingredients.

    2. jayt90 Dec 27, 2008 04:36 PM

      There are lots of good ideas here.
      I like to put several layers of a good Sunday dinner into a Foodsaver bag, and seal.
      It could be , for example, rice, chili and cheese, or smashed potatoes, seafood, and a bechamel sauce.
      The bags will keep up to 5 days in the fridge, and can be reheated in the microwave, with several piercings.

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        LaLa Dec 30, 2008 09:09 AM

        ooohh that is a good ideal!

      2. jenwee Dec 26, 2008 06:32 PM

        ha! Helps if i put the website!

        http://justbento.com/

        1. jenwee Dec 26, 2008 06:31 PM

          check out this blog on bentos, it might give you some recipes that you will like :)

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            northside food Dec 26, 2008 04:28 PM

            I'm a teacher, so I can't go out for lunch. Unlike my husband, I get really bored eating sandwiches every day for lunch, and I can't stand frozen dinners. So I bring leftovers for lunch. My favorites are soups and casseroles. Lentil soup is great, so is caldo verde (just made this tonight), pumpkin curry soup tastes great re heated, so does potato.

            As for casseroles, I like a baked mac and cheese, with chopped ham or bacon, and wilted spinach stirred in before baking, scalloped potatoes, or lasagna.

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              fourunder Dec 26, 2008 03:22 PM

              You must not have liked the ideas here....

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/578421

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                lgss Dec 26, 2008 03:16 PM

                We do this all the time since we're vegan and I'm gluten-free. Today's lunch was leftover brown rice, adzukis, sweet potatoes, and spinach. Others include:
                Black beans, brown rice, broccoli, and salsa
                Masamba: Potatoes, w/kale or collards, topped with mixture of peanut butter & salsa
                (GF) pasta with garbanzos, tomatoes and veggies (broc, zuke, etc)
                Brown rice, hazelnuts, sweet potatoes and balsamic vinegar or tamari
                Brown rice and stir fry veggies
                Quinoa w/broccoli or zuke, bell peppers, etc.
                Posole
                Transylvanian Goulash (http://www.all-creatures.org/mhvs/rec...
                )various recipes from "Simply Vegan" cookbook
                During the summer we take Shepherd's Salad (also called Israeli salad among others)

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                  cheesecake17 Dec 27, 2008 04:03 PM

                  Israeli salad is great with spicy Moroccan carrot salad and some hummus or tahini.

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                  theannerska Dec 26, 2008 02:39 PM

                  Just roasted a tenderloin for Christmas and have been making incredibly delicious sandwiches -- highly recommended. Great with the remainder of the creamed spinach on ciabatta and whole-grain mustard. Still trying to figure out how to reheat mashed potatoes though; if I succeed they're going right in the sandwich.

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                    cheesecake17 Dec 26, 2008 08:16 AM

                    quinoa or brown rice tossed with a salad
                    chopped salad with tahini dressing
                    roasted veg sandwich
                    leftover homemade pizza
                    grilled chicken on a salad
                    baked tofu and vegetables
                    sauteed greens, brown rice, tofu

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                      CeeBee Dec 26, 2008 09:24 AM

                      Thanks, cheesecake17! I've been meaning to work some more quinoa into my diet...I never even thought to toss it with salad.

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                        cheesecake17 Dec 27, 2008 04:02 PM

                        It's good mixed with spinach or arugula. I made quinoa yesterday and mixed in black beans, chick peas, and tahini dressing. For work this week, I'll mix it with a salad or add in chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, and parsley.

                        Quinoa is a good thing to whip up and just leave in the fridge.. it pretty much goes with anything.

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