Dinner Do-Over

Melissa Graham

Here’s how to transform a few common dinner leftovers into other meals.

Grilled or sautéed chicken breast
Slice or cube the leftovers and fold into a tortilla; stir into cold pasta or couscous with cut-up vegetables; or mix with a little mayonnaise or yogurt, celery, and some dries cherries to make a delicious chicken salad.

Pasta, rice, quinoa, or couscous
Make extra, chill immediately, and toss with a variety of colorful vegetables for a confetti salad.

Beans
Toss with diced red pepper and onion for a scoop able bean salsa. Or, mash them a little and wrap in a tortilla with a touch of Monterey Jack, or mix them with a dressing of extra-virgin olive oil and lime juice.

Pizza dough
If you make or buy pizza dough, bake an extra round or two brushed only with olive oil and a bit of sea salt. Slice into wedges and include in the lunch box instead of pita or flatbread.

Want more lunch ideas? Check out our pick-a-lunch chart, which will help you pack a school lunch that is delicious and nutritious.

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