Weeknight Cooking

8 Dinners that Make Great Leftovers

January  6, 2015

December is a hectic month. We expend so much energy on hosting and attending parties, gift shopping, and dressing up, that come January, we're -- for lack of a better word -- done.

It's the perfect time to focus on meals that work overtime -- the ones that taste great for dinner and even better the next day at lunchtime. If you resolved to eat better (however you may define that) or spend less money in 2015, these menus are a great start: They're two-for-one deals that ensure you'll eat well for days. Could there be a smarter, more efficient way to begin a new year?

Veal Scallopini + Orzo Salad

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Chickpeas and Chorizo + Celery and Fennel Salad



Pork Tacos + Guacamole Quinoa



Broccoli Apple Soup + Raw Kale Salad



Tuxedo Chili + Buttermilk Bacon Grease Cornbread 



Moorish Paella + Tartine's Lemon Cream



Crab Mac + Radicchio Salad



Tortilla Soup with Shredded Chard + Avocado Sea Salt Shake


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A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).

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Julie Myers

Written by: Julie Myers

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lora789 February 2, 2015
Аfter such delicious dinners have to lose weight :-)
eat C. January 14, 2015
I love to repurpose tonight's dinner for tomorrow's lunch. My favorite methods are using leftover roasted vegetables or soup toppings in salads, or spooning chunky soups into baked sweet potatoes. And of course leftover roasted chicken is a lifesaver.