Next time you have a dinner everyone really enjoys, why not think about how you can reinvent it the next day for a tasty lunch? You can give it a new spin and chances are your crew will love it just as much. Figuring out ways to simply and creatively turn last night’s dinner into today’s lunch is one of my passions. Here I have 11 recipes to help give you some healthy lunch ideas for the office, or your child’s school lunch! What is your favorite dinner to repurpose as lunch the next day?
Tandoori Chicken 1 of 11
Tandoori is a delectable, Indian dish in which the chicken is marinated in yogurt and assorted spices. It's a tempting choice for dinner, how about serving it for lunch the next day? I thinly sliced my leftover Tandoori Chicken on a crusty ciabatta roll with a simple lemon mayo spread for Kenya's lunch, but you could just as easily chop up the chicken and place it on top of cooked brown rice, cut it into cubes for dipping into a side of the citrus-y mayo or even place it on salad.
Zucchini Noodles with Pesto 2 of 11
Recipe and Photo by Two Peas and Their Pod.
If you are looking for an easy recipe to use up your summer zucchini, look no further. Zucchini Noodles with Pesto is your answer. 15 minutes is all you need to enjoy this tasty dish!
Roasted Vegetable Salad 3 of 11
After roasting an array of vegetables I tossed them with a zingy, maple syrup-sweetened vinaigrette to lightly coat every bite. Healthy and light, filling enough for a dinner side salad or a lunch entree, this Roast Veggie Salad is perfect any time.
Grilled Chicken Veggie Bowls 4 of 11
Recipe and Photo by Picky Palate.
These Grilled Chicken Veggie Bowls have a great balance of vegetables, protein and carbohydrates to keep you full and feeling good until dinnertime.
Chicken Caesar Wrap 5 of 11
I bet if I looked in the refrigerators of every home in the country, there would be some sort of cooked chicken in 8 out of every 10 of them. That's good news for moms in need of quick, delicious meals to prepare for their families, because whether you roast it, grill it or buy a juicy rotisserie bird at the market, cooked chicken is one of the most versatile foods you can keep on hand in your fridge. These Chicken Caesar Wraps are one of my favorite ways to use up leftover chicken!
Turkey Pepper Panini 6 of 11
Recipe and Photo by Shutterbean.
Turkey and Pepper Panini. A panini press really does make everything just that much better! Spicy pepperjack cheese and homemade pesto take it up another notch in this healthy and filling office lunch!
Cobb Salad in a Jar 7 of 11
A mason jar with a handle is both an easy and cute way to transport your favorite salad to the office for a super healthy lunch! Try this Cobb Salad recipe with a homemade dressing!
Red Pepper, Feta, and Lentil Wrap 8 of 11
Recipe and Photo by Heather Christo.
Tangy feta cheese spread with roasted red bell peppers add so much flavor to these incredibly healthy and quick Lentil Wraps!
Bright Vegetable Pasta 9 of 11
When I made this Bright Vegetable Pasta for my kids, what worked so well for them is that the vegetables are grated and chopped into such tiny pieces that everything in the dish is really easy to chew, especially for small mouths. Plus, in every bite they got a burst of sweet veggies brightened by a squeeze of lemon juice and a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese. Combined all together it's a really simple dish that even the most resistant vegetables eaters should be willing to try.
Quinoa Burrito Bowls 10 of 11
Recipe and Photo by What's Gaby Cooking.
These burrito bowls have everything you need in meal! Protein, vegetables, grains, and of course: guacamole! They transition flawlessly from dinner to lunch so mealtime planning is super easy.
Lentil Walnut Dip 11 of 11
This is my version of a restaurant favorite Lentil Walnut Dip, which I tweaked a bit so it would work using ingredients you likely have in your kitchen already. I admit that it's not the most pleasing dish to the eye, but after just one bite of this creamy spread you won't be concerned about looks. Packed with tons of umami flavor from the miso and a rich nutty finish, this is one of those protein-packed dips you'll want to keep stocked in your fridge all the time…especially in case my husband ever knocks on your door.