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Jun 15, 2009 11:47 AM

Great Leftover Dinners

Looking for recipes for healthy dinners that are great for two nights. What are your favorites?

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  1. Yesterday I cooked too much rice pilaf with peppers and onions along with baked chicken. Tonight I'm turning the rice into a Mexican rice. I'll add cilantro, a little jalapeno and pinto beans. Serve with tortillas, sour cream and shredded cheese, chopped tomato and lettuce and maybe a taco sauce.

    1. low-fat/lightened Chicken Tikka or Channa Masala. always even better the next day. same goes for Chicken Cacciatore.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        What do you do to make your Chicken Tikka Masala and Channa Masala light?

        1. re: TampaAurora

          it's actually pretty easy to lighten them. i cut back on the oil (you can add a couple of tablespoons of chicken stock if it's too dry), and use low-fat yogurt or fat free evaporated milk (or a combination of the two) instead of whole milk yogurt or cream.

          the substitutions work well with the CI recipe for Chicken Tikka (which is actually a really good one), and here's the link to a thread with my recipe for lightened Chana Masala:

      2. I'm assuming you mean a meal you make on one night and eat over two nights, without using the original dinner and making it into something new (like a roast chicken into chicken salad)?

        If so - Beef Stew. Stroganoff. Pot Roast.

        1. I coached girls basketball this winter, so consquently I had lots of late nights after school. I ended up making big pots of soup that could be served along side salad and fresh bread from Artisan Bread in 5 for lunch and dinner. I think I ended up cooking only two or three times a week. Lentil soups were my favorite.

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          1. re: northside food

            Soups are a great idea - especially since you can freeze them in portion sizes. This one at the top of this permalink is one of my favorites:


            1. re: northside food

              I just did this with chicken soup last night, then make it thicker adding pasta & cannelini beans and more shredded chicken (lots of cracked black pepper)- it's gonna last for at least one more meal.

            2. One of my favorite go tos on busy week nights is grilled chicken fajitas. We serve them with black beans, salsa & avocado, and a salad w/tomatoes & black olives - they way the kids eat it, I actually deconstruct it for them. We generally have enough for another meal, or at least a few lunches, and just reheat the chicken & vegetables in a tortilla. Or put them in a salad, or can be a quesadilla filling for a quick & easy lunch or dinner.