These 6 recipes are the perfect solution to help busy moms de-stress school lunches, keep calm, and pack leftovers that kids will LOVE.
Double-duty recipes that make great leftovers for school lunches are pure GOLD for any busy parent who wants to keep the family well fed but would love to do it in less time.
School starts for my daughter tomorrow, and she specifically asked me to cook some of her favorites below so that she could have leftovers for school lunch. Since many of you might be looking for some new ideas, I’d thought I’d share our faves with you!
So to all of my fellow busy moms~these 6 Family Savvy recipes do double duty as dinner AND school lunch. Bookmark one, give it a try, and let me hear how you like it!
Double Duty Recipes that Make GREAT Leftovers for School Lunches
- This Egg Roll Stir Fry is an easy, delicious meal that makes great leftovers for school lunches. I double the recipe (and the sauce) and send this to school during the school year. Send this in a microwavable bowl. Sugar snap peas with ranch make a great veggie side.
- These fresh and yummy cuban bowls are easy to make, and kids adore them! You have beans, rice, cut veggies, salsa, cilantro, and other fresh toppings. Leftovers keep beautifully for 3-4 days. Pack each item in small containers. Only rice and beans need reheating. Send fresh lime wedges to squeeze over; your kids will be in HEAVEN!!!
- This fresh and healthy salsa taco shredded chicken is FABulous, y’all! Buy a few pounds of chicken on Tuesdays at The Fresh Market, and make a big batch of this chicken. You can eat on it the rest of the week! Tacos, bowls, burritos, nachos or salads. Again, send the chicken and all other ingredients in separate containers. The chicken does NOT have to be reheated, so this could totally be a “lunchable” type item.
- This Tex-Mex Chicken Quinoa Bake is basically all the ingredients you’d find in a burrito but baked into a casserole dish (with Quinoa instead of rice). This is super easy to make, and it is loaded with flavor (pepper jack cheese? #yesplease:-). I send this in a microwavable container along with fresh fruit and cinnamon pita chips.
- This Mississippi Roast is always a huge hit, and leftovers are delicious. You have your roast, carrots, and potatoes which can be paced in one container and reheated together. If you just make the roast (minus carrots & potatoes), the meat can be used for a yummy sandwich on French bread (I hollow out the insides to make a pocket) topped with cheese or slaw.
- Chili is always a hearty and yummy leftover, and this Beef & Butternut Squash Chili is packed with beta carotene and nutrients from butternut squash. The flavors are smoky and have a “hint” of cinnamon that might sound odd, but that come together for a fabulous tasting combination. Trust me; this chili is divine. Send to school in a bowl to reheat.
- If you know the butternut squash chili won’t fly with your kiddo, this Turkey Chili with Beans is DELISH! To keep it healthy, you can send this to school with baked tortilla chips and a container of salsa along with some crudités and ranch dressing. This will be a hit every time.
I hope that one or more of these recipes helps YOU feed your family a fab dinner (and send some great leftovers to school as well). I’d love to hear from any of you who try these OR have great ideas to share! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!