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From leftovers to lunches: 5 Kid-friendly ideas

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Dinner for lunch!

You just cooked dinner last night. Why slave away over lunch again in the morning, when you have perfectly good leftovers in the fridge? Transform them into something completely new your kids will love!

Cook once, eat twice! That’s the mantra of a smart (and savvy) mama! Don’t leave those leftovers to mold in the fridge. Use them to create easy and delicious lunches for your kids. These bloggers are pros at the skill, and they’re letting us in on some of their best tricks!



Dinner for lunch!

Image Credit: Kendra, from Biting the Hand that Feeds You

Taco night is a big family favorite, but it almost always leaves a ton of leftovers. Kendra, from Biting the Hand that Feeds You, created a fun lunch for the kiddos with leftovers from taco night. She packed all the ingredients separately, but used corn chips instead of taco shells. Depending on their tastes, the kids could use the chips to eat it all like nachos, or mix it all together and create their own taco salad.


Pancake sandwiches

Dinner for lunch!

Image Credit: Kendra, from Biting the Hand that Feeds You

Everyone likes breakfast for dinner, but what about breakfast for dinner… for lunch? Kendra shows us how to make it work over at Biting the Hand that Feeds You! Not only did she create a peanut butter sandwich using leftover pancakes as bread, but she even provided a little syrup for dipping.


Pizza dippers

Dinner for lunch!

Image Credit: Kendra, from Biting the Hand that Feeds You

There’s nothing wrong with leftover pizza for lunch, but our Kendra won’t hear of simply sending the leftover slices. She cuts the slices into strips and adds a container of marinara for dipping. Brilliant!



Dinner for lunch!

Image Credit: Keeley McGuire

Pasta is probably one of the easiest things to make, but you don’t always have time to boil a batch first thing in the morning. Blogger Keeley McGuire makes it work by cooking extra pasta every time she cooks up a pot for dinner. She uses the extra pasta to toss with simple sauces and cheese for a lunch her daughter loves.


Grilled Meat

Dinner for lunch!

Image Credit:  Jessica from Chaos and Confections

Leftover grilled meat is usually pretty great served cold. Jessica, over at Chaos and Confections, knows that’s true and uses the leftover meat to pack easy and nutritious lunches for her kids. In one meal, she sliced leftover grilled Italian sausage into bite-sized pieces and served it with sliced cheese, fruits and other bite-sized snacks.

Dinner for lunch!

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