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1 Use these easy dinner recipes for some delicious leftovers for your family! These school lunch ideas will make packing a breeze--no extra cooking required.

8 School Lunch Ideas from Easy Dinner Leftovers

You’ve seen pictures online of the cute school lunches with fruit cut like flowers and sandwiches in shapes of animals. You think, who has time for that?? But don’t worry! Packing lunch is a breeze with these easy weeknight dinner recipes that turn into delicious leftovers for school the next day; all you have to do is pack the thermoses and you’re good to go!

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Do you need more weeknight dinner ideas that make great lunch leftovers? Get a sample meal plan here and don’t think twice about what to cook again.

 

These recipes are kind of like a two-for-one: cook once and get two meals. Win! What’s best is that all these meals are just delicious the next day as they were for dinner.

Use these easy dinner recipes for some delicious leftovers for your family! These school lunch ideas will make packing a breeze--no extra cooking required.

Forget the sandwiches and enjoy these easy school lunch ideas from the leftovers you’ll have after making these delicious dinners!

1. Hearty Vegetable Soup

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This soup is a great way to pack all the veggies your kids need in one meal without all the unnecessary ingredients you’ll find in canned soup! This recipe is so easy to make for dinner and even easier to pack for lunch. Just put some in a thermos and you’re good to go!

2. Spaghetti Carbonara

Easy spaghetti carbonara recipe every kid will love! This dinner recipe is great for a thermos leftover lunch!

 

Don’t be intimidated by this spaghetti carbonara; it’s actually really simple! Kids won’t be able to resist the cheesy spaghetti or bacon, so this is a great dish to add to your dinner rotation. It’s great for the next day’s lunch packed in a thermos (unless your family gobbles it all up for dinner!)

3. Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo

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This creamy chicken and broccoli alfredo is made in one skillet and is an awesome way to get your kids to eat their green veggies! A perfect blend of noodles, chicken, cheese, and broccoli, this recipe is one you’ll definitely want to have on hand for quick weeknight meals and easy school lunch leftovers.

4. Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Chicken and Pasta Skillet Meal

Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Chicken and Pasta Skillet Meal - MOMables.com

Another easy skillet meal that makes fantastic thermos lunches for school the next day! Your family will think you spent hours cooking this delicious sun dried tomato chicken dish, but it all comes together in under an hour. Kids will love to open their thermos at lunch and find this creamy pasta!

5. Crockpot Loaded Baked Potato Soup 

Crockpot Loaded Baked Potato Soup - MOMables.com

A creamy, hearty baked potato soup that requires almost no effort? It’s a winner in my book–and yours too, I’m sure! Simply throw all your ingredients in the slow cooker and let the magic happen. A dinner that cooks itself and makes great thermos lunches for school is a dinner I can love!

 

6. Quick and Easy Skillet Lasagna

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This easy dinner requires just one skillet (less dirty dishes!) and makes delicious leftovers for you and your kids. You get the same savory, cheesy flavors of lasagna without the hours of preparation and baking. Simply place the leftovers in a thermos for the next day and you won’t even have to think about what to pack for lunch!

7. Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

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Crockpot meals are ideal for busy families who may not always have time to cook dinner every night. All you have to do is throw everything in and let it cook; it’s as simple as that. Pair the easiness of a slow cooker meal with a classic like chicken noodle soup and you have a dinner the whole family will have seconds (or thirds) of. Your kids will love to open their lunchbox the next day and find a thermos full of this yummy soup!

8. Jambalaya Pasta Salad

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Put some spice into your lunch-packing routine with this Creole Jambalaya Pasta Salad! It’s filling, packed with veggies, and has just a kick of Cajun spice, but feel free to adjust it to your family’s preferences. Enjoy this New Orleans-inspired dish for dinner and pack cold leftovers for lunch the next day.

Keep checking in here at MOMables.com for more back-to-school tips and ideas and check out our sample meal plan to make dinner a little easier for you and your family!

3 20 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipe Ideas

20 Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe Ideas

What do you do with all of your holiday leftovers?

20 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipe Ideas

There are only so many times you can eat it the same way, then there comes a point where you just can’t handle another plain slice of turkey. It gets to be too much.

That’s why we love coming up with creative ways to repurpose leftovers here at MOMables!  We have everything you need, right here! That includes your abundance of leftover turkey in the fridge waiting to be enjoyed. Here are 20 delicious ideas we’ve compiled from our own blog and around the web to kick-start your recipe making.

From MOMables:

Turkey Broccoli Quiche: Great packed up for lunches, or enjoyed at dinnertime, this fresh recipe idea is a great idea for using those leftovers in a new way.

Turkey Broccoli Quiche

Turkey Stuffing Burgers: Turn that leftover stuffing and turkey into a burger patty! Enjoy it on leftover rolls or a bun. Garnish with cranberry sauce or relish.

Homemade Pasta Helper: Better than boxed! A great homemade recipe that’s adaptable for any meat, which makes it great for turkey leftovers.

Thanksgiving Cupcakes: What kid can turn down any food with cupcake in the title? A fun way for the whole family to nibble on the bite-size treats as a meal or an appetizer.

Thanksgiving Quesadillas: My daughter loves quesadillas in her lunch box, so this recipe will be a hit at my house after Thanksgiving! Simple and delicious.

Pot Pies: Instead of chicken, dice up that turkey, and bake it in a delicious pot pie for dinner. They also freeze great so you can enjoy them in the future.

Pot Pie

Southern Gumbo: This time of year, when the weather gets cooler, there’s nothing better than a warm bowl of stew or gumbo at dinnertime. This Southern Gumbo recipe is perfect for using up holiday leftovers.

Chicken & Hummus Bistro Box: This fabulous lunch idea might feature chicken, but can just as easily be packed with turkey instead. A great non-sandwich option.

More of our favorites:

Stuffed Peppers:  Daily Unadventures in Cooking shares an easy and yummy new way to enjoy those leftovers with their Stuffed Peppers recipe.

Thanksgiving Pizzas: Not only do they look beautiful, but these Thanksgiving Pizzas by Family Fresh Cooking would also be perfect packed up for lunch!

Turkey Chili with Kale: This was too delicious not to share! The Kitchn shows how to make a healthy chili with turkey leftovers. You could even serve it over rice for another spin on this hearty dish.

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Thanksgiving Eggs Benedict: Leftovers aren’t just for lunch or dinner. Check out this recipe for a fun twist on breakfast.

Turkey Reuben Panini: Growing up, my father loved hot Reuben sandwiches.  This recipe by PaniniHappy would’ve been a hit in my house.

Turkey Quinoa Meatballs: Who says turkey can only be a sandwich? Turn it into a delicious meatball instead, thanks to Fitnessista.

Turkey Taco Wraps: Speaking of quinoa, here’s another healthy idea–turning it into a hearty taco instead.

Club Eggrolls: Use turkey instead of chicken for these easy prep, quick-fix eggrolls from DinnerDishes&Desserts.

Turkey Nachos: I’m a chip addict. Nachos are right up my alley for leftovers thanks to this delish idea from Whole Foods Market, including cranberry salsa to go with it.

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Turkey Casserole: A great weeknight dish that you can prep ahead and bake up for dinner during your busy workweek.

Turkey & Cranberry Sushi: I never would have thought to make Sushi out of Thanksgiving leftovers! This clever recipe is thanks to ClosetCooking.

Cranberry Sauced Muffins: It’s not only about the turkey when it comes to Thanksgiving leftovers. Here is a yummy muffin recipe to use up that extra cranberry sauce.

12 How to Pack a Baked Potato for Lunch

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How to pack a baked potato for lunch - MOMables.comAre you fresh out of sandwich ideas for lunch?     Why not send a baked potato?

Baked potatoes are an easy and fun way to shake up the boring lunch routine.

Here’s how to do it!

1. Reheat baked potato in the microwave until warm. (about 45-60 seconds)

After reheated, top with some warm toppings such as cheese and bacon.

2. Place potato in a metal lunch box or large thermos, and wrap with a kitchen towel to help hold in the heat (if packing in a metal container).

3. Pack inside lunch bag with any additional “cold” toppings such as sour cream, tomatoes or chives.

Some other fun toppings to try: broccoli, ranch, chicken, corn or olives.

Packing Baked Potatoes For Lunch - MOMables

Lucky for me, I had a bunch of leftover Crockpot Baked Potatoes from last night, so I simply grabbed one of those from the fridge.

But, if you need to quickly make one in the microwave, HERE are directions on how to.

 

4 Breakfast Muffins from Zero Waste Lunches

Have you ever wondered what you could do with little left over scraps from making your kid’s sandwiches into shapes?  Whether you use a simple de-cruster, dinosaur shape cutter or get really creative with your bento making, Crissi has some great suggestions on how to utilize those little “scraps.”

Mini Omelets

I usually pack bento-style lunches for my daughter, and use cookie cutters to make her food cute. I often end up with lots of little scraps of cheese & ham etc, which I save for use in other meals. One example are these mini omelets for breakfast!

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I cook the mini omelets  in the microwave in a silicone muffin pan. Breakfast takes less than 10 minutes to make, there’s no frying pan to scrub, and no grease or non-stick spray needed! **oven directions below.

To make microwave mini omelets breakfast bagels you will need:

  • silicone muffin pan
  • mini bagels
  • cheese slices
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • scraps of cheese, meats, veggies – whatever you like!
  • seasonings of choice, if desired

Mini Omelet Ingredients

Beat the eggs into the milk, adding seasonings if desired. Fill the muffin cups about halfway with the scraps, but don’t pack them, the egg mixture will fill the spaces. Pour the egg mixture into the muffin cups, to about the same level as the scraps, and don’t worry if the scraps peek out or float.

Ready To Cook

Microwave on high for about 6 minutes (microwave cooking time may vary).  The eggs may puff up out of the pan while cooking, but they will shrink back down when the microwave stops. If it looks like the eggs are going to overflow, stop cooking, wait a moment for them to deflate, then resume.

While the omelets cook, toast the bagels (if desired) and place a slice of cheese on half of each. When the omelets are finished cooking, allow them to cool a minute, then turn the pan over and pop them out! Place one mini omelet on each bagel bottom, add bagel top, serve & enjoy!  You can find other great recipes like this in our lunch plans.

Mini Omelet Breakfast Bagels

Tip: The bagel sandwiches can also be wrapped in waxed paper and frozen in an airtight container for grab & go breakfasts or lunches. Just unwrap and microwave approximately 30 seconds, or pack frozen in a lunchbox and they will thaw by lunch!

Don’t cook in the microwave? put this in the oven at 350 for 10-15min depending on your pan size.  Don’t have a silicone tray? Use a mini muffin pan instead.

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