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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.