Packin’ the Leftover Lunch

Clearing the table after dinner?  Why not turn your supper into a leftover lunch for the next day…

Packing a leftover lunch in 3 easy steps:

1. Have your containers ready

2. Throw in a serving of leftovers as the table is being cleared.  Don’t forget the condiments.

Packin’ Tip: If you don’t have a container for your dressing, ketchup, etc. put it in a snack plastic ziploc bag.

3. Stick it in the fridge

Packing a leftover lunch can be as quick as this post.

Happy Leftovers!

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13 Comment

  1. lunchitpunchit
    February 2, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    [New Post] Packin’ the Leftover Lunch – via #twitoaster http://lunchitpunchit.com/2011/02/packin

  2. FM
    February 2, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Is that lazania? It looks delish!

    1. lin
      February 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm

      Yes it is. It did taste pretty good.

  3. Caroline
    February 3, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Hiya! Fellow librarian here! 🙂 I’ve been following your blog for lunch tips, since I, too, try to bring my lunch to work everyday.

    I mostly use leftovers as lunches. We are only two at home and most recipes serve four anyway. The lunch packing method I like the most is putting the extra portions in the containers as I serve dinner. I pull out two plates and two containers (or more) and ta-da! The lunches are done before we begin to eat!

    Of course, this doesn’t work if we want second helpings! 🙂

    1. Lin
      February 3, 2011 at 10:35 am

      Nice to have a fellow librarian on board. That’s a great idea, just scooping it out as you go. Leftovers definitely make packing a little easier that’s for sure. What is one of your favorite leftover lunch meals?

      1. Caroline
        February 3, 2011 at 12:02 pm

        Ooh, that’s a hard one…

        I would say, any meal that’s complete in itself, like chili or stew. I like hearty soups too, with a slice of bread in a ziploc bag on the side.

        Here are some of my favorite recipes:
        – Vegetable and Tofu Stir-fry with Quinoa : (http://www.soscuisine.com/en/recipes/view/quick-tofu-and-vegetable-stir-fry?sos_l=en)
        – Cauliflower and Cheese soup : (http://www.soscuisine.com/en/recipes/view/creamed-cauliflower-soup-with-cheese-vegetarian?sos_l=en)
        – Bean Stew with corn and squash (http://www.vegkitchen.com/recipes/three-sisters-stew/)(very chili-like)

        Personally, I try to avoid pasta (because I don’t like the taste of microwaved pasta) and melted cheese (because it’s a pain to wash). But that’s just me. 🙂

        1. FM
          February 4, 2011 at 9:33 am

          So glad you posted this! I just purchased some quinoa, because I have been reading about how healthy it is, but I haven’t been sure what to do with it…this recipe sounds like a good place to start!

        2. lin
          February 4, 2011 at 5:17 pm


          Thanks for sharing your recipes. I agree with you I love leftover beef stew and chili for lunches. They get better the next day.

    2. Andi
      February 3, 2011 at 11:40 am

      That’s how my mom packs her lunch–making dinner and then serving up a leftover portion for the next day.

      Thanks for leaving a commment, I’m off to check out your blog 🙂

  4. Amy in OHio
    February 3, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Good thinking – mornings are so hectic, it’s great to stay ahead of the game.

  5. Amy in OHio
    February 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Wondering if ALL librarians are crafty and cool?

    1. FM
      February 3, 2011 at 6:22 pm

      I can answer that one Amy…YES! Course I could be a little bias 😉

      1. lin
        February 3, 2011 at 7:16 pm

        Cool yes, Crafty sometimes!

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