We’re all for recipes that stretch into two meals. Each of these dishes will make enough for leftovers to pack for lunch, and they’re the kind of meals that taste even better the next day.
1. Frankie’s Meatballs
Meatballs make an excellent make-ahead dinner and an even better lunch the next day. We love eating leftover meatballs over greens as a creative, filling salad. Or, bring cooked grains (like quinoa or brown rice), top them with leftover meatballs, and shower it all with grated cheese for a lunch that your entire office will envy. Get our Frankie’s Meatballs recipe.
2. Shepherd’s Pie
Shepherd’s pie, with its layers of mashed potatoes and savory ground beef, is one of the most comforting meals around. The recipe calls for an entire casserole dish, so you’ll inevitably have some extra. Even better: The flavors meld beautifully over time, so it’s perfect for taking to lunch the next day. Get our Shepherd’s Pie recipe.
3. Basic Roasted Chicken
Roast chicken is the ultimate when it comes to meals that stretch for days. Roast your chicken on Sunday for dinner and save the leftovers for lunch on Monday and Tuesday. Try adding the leftover meat to salads or mix it into pasta. We also like combining it with hot sauce and vegetables and putting it in a taco shell to make Mondays a little easier to get through. Get our Basic Roasted Chicken recipe.
4. Classic Macaroni and Cheese
Did you need another reason to make warm, gooey macaroni and cheese for dinner? Great! We’re telling you to make it for the leftovers. This classic macaroni and cheese recipe has a fantastic crisp panko crust which holds up wonderfully overnight. Reheat it the next day for lunch and make the work day just a little bit better. Get our Classic Macaroni and Cheese recipe.
5. Basic Lentil Soup
Soup is an awesome meal to last you a few days. The flavors intensify and mingle over time, so it’s even better a few days after you first make. Try making a big pot of this spicy, savory lentil soup on Sunday and take it all week for work lunches. Get our Lentil Soup recipe.
6. Easy Beef Stew
A delicious slow cooked bowl of beef, carrots, potatoes, and celery is just what we’d like to see around noon on a workday. Luckily, this recipe is perfect for dinners and even better the next day. Let it simmer over a Sunday afternoon, share a big bowl for dinner, and then pack it up for lunches all week. Get our Easy Beef Stew recipe.
7. Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Packed with vegetables and tender chicken, this soup is filling and rustic. It’s just as comforting at night for dinner as it is midday for lunch. Freeze a big batch and take the leftovers for work lunches. It’s healthy and satisfying: Perfect for getting you through the afternoon hunger slump without needing to hit the vending machine for an emergency Snickers bar. Get our Chicken and Wild Rice Soup recipe.
8. Roasted Spaghetti Squash
Spaghetti squash is the perfect Sunday dish: Just throw it in the oven for 50 minutes while you fold your laundry, clean the bathroom, or continue your Netflix marathon. You’ll have enough squash for about four servings, and it makes for a healthier spaghetti-and-meatball dish that’s Tupperware-friendly. Get our spaghetti squash recipe.
Posie Harwood is a New York City-based writer and photographer. She grew up on a farm and likes raw milk, warm bread with butter, and plenty of fresh air. Follow her on Instagram, and her blog 600 Acres.