A Leftovers Lunch

June 19, 2014

Every week we take a peek inside the lunches of the luckiest kids in Brooklyn. Read on, suppress your jealousy, and get a little brown bag inspiration.

Amanda's Kids' Lunch

This is more a remix than an entirely new lunch idea. We had lots of leftovers, so I put together a few things our kids hadn't had in a day or two so that lunch would at least feel new. Chicken cutlets were the anchor. I added kale salad (perhaps the only salad that's just as good the third day as it is the first), and roasted cauliflower (a frequent fridge staple for us). I had also made a raspberry-rhubarb pie, so I cut mini slices, fit for their short lunch period. You know what's best about the leftovers lunch? It takes 5 minutes to assemble!

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Amanda Hesser

Written by: Amanda Hesser

Before starting Food52 with Merrill, I was a food writer and editor at the New York Times. I've written several books, including "Cooking for Mr. Latte" and "The Essential New York Times Cookbook." I played myself in "Julie & Julia" -- hope you didn't blink, or you may have missed the scene! I live in Brooklyn with my husband, Tad, and twins, Walker and Addison.


AntoniaJames June 19, 2014
What's in my lunch today? Leftover This Salad http://www.wellandgoodnyc.com/2013/07/09/food-52s-healthiest-summer-quinoa-salad-with-corn-and-fresh-herbs/ with a few chunks of French sheep's milk feta (including a bit of the brine!) and a small Persian cucumber, chopped, stirred into it + cantaloupe chunks with a handful of still-warm-from-the-bush, blueberries, just picked from our bushes out front. Life is so good. ;o)
Two T. June 19, 2014
So delicious. What recipe did you use for the pie? xx
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Amanda H. June 19, 2014
This rhubarb pie (but I didn't have enough rhubarb so I tossed in some raspberries and a plum!) https://food52.com/recipes/17516-anne-dimock-s-straight-up-rhubarb-pie
stephanieRD June 19, 2014
I do this all the time! Throw a little of this, and a little of that together. Lately, I've been inspired by the grain salads I've seen here. Made a pearl cous cous greek salad with leftover chicken,cucumber, tomato, onion, and leftover tzaziki sauce!
ChefJune June 19, 2014
I wish I had that for lunch today! :)
Allyn June 19, 2014
This has been our lunch this week (http://girlnamedallyn.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/italian-sub-chopped-salad/) but I do need to start thinking outside the salad box a little. Chicken cutlets and roasted vegetables sound pretty delicious. I just try to avoid anything that needs to be reheated, but I bet these would be delicious cold as well.
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Amanda H. June 19, 2014
Yes, by lunchtime, they're not cold -- closer to room temp.