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Feb 25, 2013 07:50 PM

NEED ideas for dinner that makes LOTS of good leftovers...

My bf and I are always so busy, that often if I don't make him dinner, he stops and buys lunch, which ends up costing so much money and unhealthy too!! I love to cook, and I do cook often, I just need ideas that make good leftovers, or to turn into something new. Kinda bigish recipes too....ones that we both eat and their's enough left over for at least two more meals. I just signed up here on ChowHound hoping I can get some help!!! I am big on healthy eating so I'm trying to help my bf with that and if it takes making him lunch every day, then so be it. lol

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  1. Roasted chicken (you can always roast 2 at a time if your oven is large enough- LOTS of leftovers!)

    Baked pastas (sauce with meat or without, ricotta, mozzarella/ parm. on top)

    I cook for 4 even though there are only 2 of us so the man has leftovers for work. On the odd night where there are no leftovers (like tonight since we had fish,) he can grab a container of another night's intentional leftovers from the freezer.

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    1. re: weezieduzzit

      Another vote for the roast chicken. You can use the carcass for soup, and the meat for quesadillas, curry, salad, sandwiches ...
      Or meatloaf, with cold sandwiches for lunch, warm with sides for another dinner.
      Red sauce with meat- spaghetti first, then baked ziti or pizza.

    2. Does he have the means to heat his lunch or does it need to be something that is good cold/room temperature? Any dietary restrictions?

      1. Anything braised with lots of root vegetables.

        1. Enchiladas are my SO's favorite. They're even better on the 2nd day after reheating. And, you can make as many as you want... I usually do 8 at a time, so that's 4 meals, but you could easily do 2 pans worth. He travels for work during the week now, but he used to work from home, and I take my lunch 4 days a week so we really rely on leftovers for lunches.

          You could do stuff like roasting a couple pork tenderloins with whatever seasonings you want, then slicing them up thinly to use for sandwiches. Way healthier and more filling than lunchmeat. Same for any roasted meats really.... chicken, turkey, beef.

          Also here's some dish (mostly casseroles and pasta bakes) ideas I've made that have gone over well, and reheated great... I'm a healthy eater so none of these are SUPER bad especially when eaten in the correct portion size... some are less healthy though :)

          Halal Cart Chicken - A Chowhound favorite!

          Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Pasta - I add spicy chicken sausage to add more protein/bulk. I ate this last week for 4 lunches in a row and didn't get tired of it.

          Enchilada Pasta Casserole - 6 servings, 628 cal per serving, could sub in ground turkey to reduce calories -

          Chicken Pesto Lasagna Rolls -

          Pesto Chicken - Some other Chowhounders have liked this too, I serve with orzo and broccoli and when reheating, I cut up the chicken and mix it in with that so the chicken stays moister

          Cheesy Pesto and Chicken Pasta Bake -

          Skinny Salisbury Steak w/ Mushroom Gravy -

          Taco stuffed Shells (any kind of stuffed shells do great for reheating) -

          Bacon Topped Petite Turkey Meatloaf -

          Pepper Steak -

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          1. re: juliejulez

            Thank you for all of this! I have been looking all morning for foods with leftovers. My other half works on the railroad and is always needing extra foods to take with him! This was such wonderful help for me! I appreciate it.