Twice As Nice: Great Lunches from Leftovers

Transform leftovers into simple, satisfying lunches that kids will love with these five easy recipes.

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Waffle-Pressed Pizza Pockets

Pizza in a pinch is how I usually describe these sandwiches. Be sure to use packaged soft sliced bread for the best results.

 

By Jennifer Perillo

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Waffle-Grilled Ham and Cheese

Make a few extra waffles on the weekends, and turn the leftovers into this kid-favorite sandwich. (OK, so maybe it's an adult favorite too!)

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Vegetable Noodle Salad

Transform plain leftover cooked spaghetti into an Asian-inspired cold noodle salad, perfect for packing in a picnic basket or a lunchbox during the school year.

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Chicken and Vegetable Spring Rolls

These Vietnamese-inspired spring rolls get bonus points for busy weekdays — they're no-cook and they make great use of leftover rotisserie chicken (you can use grilled chicken too).

Get the Recipe: Chicken and Vegetable Spring Rolls

Cinnamon-Sugar Buttons

These cookies are the answer to using up leftover pie crust scraps, but be prepared: They've become such a hit with my daughters that I often whip up homemade pie crust dough just to bake a batch. The tiny button size makes them easy to pack in school lunches or picnic baskets without worrying about them getting crushed.

Get the Recipe: Cinnamon Sugar Buttons

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