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Brown-Bag It With These Leftover Lunch Delights

Feb 16 2015 - 7:00am

Whether or not you're on a tight budget, bringing your lunch to work is a great option. Instead of having to throw something together in a frenzy in the morning, these lunches can be made in advance and will stand up to the fridge overnight. These options are delicious dinners that are twice as good the next day. Brown-bag it up with these 11 recipes for make-ahead bliss.

— Additional reporting by Lisette Mejia

Quinoa Tabbouleh

This fast and easy recipe for quinoa tabbouleh [1] can be thrown together the night before and packed quickly for a perfect lunch. If you've got the time, top off with some grilled chicken.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Turkey Tacos

Turkey tacos [2] may be a surprising lunch choice, but we promise they won't disappoint. Bring a container with the leftover filling and grab a few tortillas on the go. You can construct your own taco once you're ready for lunch.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta Salad

An unforgettable sun-dried tomato dressing stars in this pasta salad [3] that tastes even better the next day.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Olive Garden Lasagna Classico

Olive Garden's Lasagna Classico [4] is one of their bestselling menu items. The favorite dinner can be packed away in individual servings, so you can simply pop it in the microwave for lunch the next day.

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Turkey Wrap

What can you do with leftover turkey? Wraps are always an easy make-ahead lunch. This turkey-cranberry version [5] is no exception to the rule.

Photo: Sarah Lipoff

Texas Chili

Chili [6], especially a recipe from Lady Bird Johnson, is a comforting supper for a Summer evening. The flavors will develop even more as it refrigerates overnight for an awesome lunch the next day.

Photo: Sarah Yoo

Kale Caesar

Don't toss in the eggless dressing for this kale caesar salad [7] until you're ready to chow down.

Photo: Leta Shy

Turkey Quesadilla

Who doesn't love a good quesadilla? This turkey twist [8] on the classic Mexican quesadilla is an awesome option for lunch or dinner.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Shrimp and Rice Noodles

The good days of leftover Chinese takeout are channeled into this yummy and simple recipe for shrimp and rice noodles [9].

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Cheddar, Bacon, and Leek Frittata

Serve frittata morning, noon, or night. Enjoy this cheddar, bacon, and leek version [10] for Sunday brunch, and bring it in for a special Monday lunch.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Pizza, cold or hot, is a crave-worthy lunch option no matter what. Italian and barbecue flavors fuse together in this buffalo chicken pizza [11] that you can enjoy the day after it's made.

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

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