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Easy dinner recipes for great lunch leftovers

Take advantage of those yummy leftovers. These recipes will be a hit with the kids—especially the next day.

By Eshun Mott

Easy dinner recipes for great lunch leftovers

Lunch is in the bag

Lunch is in the bag!

When kids head back to school, there's no better way to adjust to new schedules than by cooking quick dinners that make great lunches the next day. (Don't forget the ice packs or insulated containers!)

Easy dinner recipes for great lunch leftoversPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Penne with Sautéed Sausage & Kale

Short pastas are great at retaining sauces with "bits" in them. If your kid digs a smoother, less chunky meal, use a long noodle (like fettucine) and make sure the adults get all the goodies that fall to the bottom of the pot.

Get the recipe here: Penne with Sautéed Sausage & Kale

Easy dinner recipes for great lunch leftoversPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Ratatouille

Is fear of eggplant a common problem in your family? Peel the eggplant before cooking so it will fall apart and disappear into the ratatouille.

Get the recipe here: Ratatouille

Easy dinner recipes for great lunch leftoversPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Crispy Fried Fish Sandwich

This makes a delicious sandwich, but if your kids think fish on a bun is weird, or prefer to dip fish into sauce, go with chips and wrap in newspaper for a fun meal.

Get the recipe here: Crispy Fried Fish Sandwich

Easy dinner recipes for great lunch leftoversPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Fresh Dill Pickles

Not only are these pickles super easy to make, but they go great as a side with the Crispy Fried Fish Sandwich, or as a snack on their own!

Get the recipe here: Fresh Dill Pickles

Easy dinner recipes for great lunch leftoversPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Quick Buttermilk Biscuits

These biscuits are a great option to enjoy with chilli, or as a stand-alone treat!

Get the recipe here: Quick Buttermilk Biscuits

Easy dinner recipes for great lunch leftoversPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Pan-Seared Steak Salad

Kids aren't into salad? Keep all the components of this dish separate without the dressing and it'll look like a "safe" meal.

Get the recipe here: Pan-Seared Steak Salad

Easy dinner recipes for great lunch leftoversPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Chicken & White Bean Chili

Trying to get kids to eat chili? Give them a bowl of mostly broth with a biscuit or bread for dipping. They'll get used to the flavour and then start enjoying the rest.

Get the recipe here: Chicken & White Bean Chili

Easy dinner recipes for great lunch leftoversPhoto: Jodi Pudge

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This article was originally published on Jan 27, 2014
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