The great takeaway from any single meal is the leftovers. That way you have a delicious lunch or late night snack for the following day.  The following ten dinners will save you time because you get multiple meals, and money, because you can make several meals from fewer ingredients—and really they are almost more scrumptious to devour on the second day then they are the first time around…

1. Greek Spinach and Feta Meatloaf

Most families can’t finish an entire meatloaf in one night, and good thing because reheated, leftover meatloaf is even better the second night as the time it takes to store in the refrigerator means the flavor really sets in.

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2. Lasagna

We make pasta casseroles, like lasagna, in such huge portions that there’s no way even a large family can polish off an entire dish.  Luckily, pasta dishes store and reheat famously, turning your leftovers into lunch the following afternoon or a second dinner when you add fresh bread and a big bowl of salad.

 

3. Beef Stew

Hearty beef stew owes its mouth-watering, leftover aroma to the fact that it was slow-cooked to begin with. When left to simmer in a Dutch oven, the stew releases more flavor molecules and is able to mix together more thoroughly.

4. Turkey Rice Soup

If you want flavor to the fullest, look no further than this aromatic turkey soup—that is extra flavorful after a night of storage in the refrigerator and served with crusty chunks of bread.

5. Healthy Turkey Chili

Tomato-based, spicy pots, like chili, are prepared with so many ingredients that spices set in and your taste buds (and probably a runny nose too) are on full alert again the following day.

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6. Chicken Peanut Curry

So many unique spices in what pot makes for a truly ethnic treat. Imagine what occurs when the flavors of turmeric and cumin permeate overnight—its sweet meets savory that your taste buds can actually differentiate individually yet make food magic together.

7. Cabbage Rolls

Especially when reheated, these packets filled with the aromatic flavor of saucy fresh pork, beef and onions will continue to break down and release tastes not even present when the pan was first passed the previous night.

8. Steak Stir Fry

Beef is one of those meats that really absorbs flavor of a sauce or marinade—especially when its let to sit overnight—soaking up the flavors of onions, carrots and beans.

9. Paleo Italian Meatballs with Marinara Sauce

Make a sauce featuring marinara meatballs on spaghetti. Then let them sit overnight and slice leftovers onto crusty sub buns the following day—just in time for the Sunday game.

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10. Deep Dish Pizza

Assemble a deep dish whole-wheat pizza crust and top it with zesty tomato sauce, veggies creamy cheese cheese. But remember to save a few slices for lunch the next day. Just grill it up crunchy on the outside in your toaster oven.

 

Anna

Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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