20 Leftover Dinner Ideas Perfect for Kids’ Lunch Boxes

When it comes to weeknight dinners I’m all about cooking in “bulk”. My reasoning behind this is I don’t like sending my kids to school with boring sandwiches all the time. So, when I cook a meal for dinner that I know my family loves I always make extra for their lunch boxes the next day.

Tacos, soup, pasta…are just a few leftover dinner ideas that are PERFECT for kids lunch boxes. All of these ideas taste just as good cold but if your child prefers them hot, purchasing a thermos can go a long way.

What leftover dinner idea does your family like to see in their lunch box?

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  1. Reply

    Thank you for making this list of leftover dinner ideas for lunches. Quite often I make extra on purpose so I can have leftovers for lunches. My husband and 2 of my sons that still live at home take lunches with them to work and they are grateful when they get something besides sandwiches. Thank you too for hosting Tasty Tuesdays Archives link party.

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      Yes!!! My husband can usually eat sandwiches ALL.THE.TIME but my son definitely loves the change!

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    This is what my son does too, there are often leftovers that either he, his wife of the kids take to school for their lunches the next day.

  3. Reply

    I love taking a few hours on a Sunday and cooking in bulk. You have so many great ideas.

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      Thanks Andrea – I hope you found something you can add to your lunch menu 🙂

  4. Reply

    We love our leftovers for lunch and this is such a great list!

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    I’m not too sure I’d like the Pierogi Casserole cold though, don’t think kids would either.

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      That’s why we love our thermos 😉

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        Is it a wide necked thermos? They could do with inventing a square flat one, or do they do that already?

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    Thanks for the great ideas,anything to help is greatly appreciated!

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    We enjoyed the Honey Mustard Fish Sliders from Lolly Jane,thanks for sharing the link !

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