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8 Leftovers That Make the Best School Lunches

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School is back in full swing, which means you're probably searching for the best lunches to send your little ones off with. Instead of sticking with peanut butter and jelly, try getting a little more creative with your children's packed goodies.

One of the best ways to make the most of the food already in your house is by turning your leftovers into lunches for your kids. Make some extra next time you prepare one of these dishes, because they make great lunches for your schoolchildren.

1. Turkey or Ham
Sandwiches are easy to make and pack. Use pieces from yesterday's ham or turkey along with a bit of cheese, lettuce and mustard, and you've got a feast all the other kids will be jealous of. Added bonus? Sandwiches pair well with various fruits and vegetables, so they're also the perfect choice for a nutritious lunch.

Everyone loves leftover pizza.

2. Homemade Pizza 
Pizza tastes great no matter what - it can be hot, cold, loaded or plain, making it the ideal lunch option for your young ones. Wrap a few slices in tin foil, pair with some carrots or celery sticks, and you'll be good to go. 

3. Pasta Salad
Noodles are still very tasty the next day, especially when tossed together with peppers, olives and cheese in a chilled pasta salad. Throw a handful in a small container and use an ice pack to keep it chilled until lunch.

4. Chili
If you want to get a little more adventurous with your lunch packing, try serving a warm dish - like soup or chili - then allowing your older child to bring it to school in his or her Crock-Pot® Lunch Crock® Food Warmer

5. Burger
You've got a few options when it comes to leftover burgers. You can either create your own cheeseburger club with your patty, some cheese and vegetables, or you can crumble the meat then sprinkle in a tortilla for a soft taco lunch.

Chilled chicken salad sandwiches are hard to beat.

6. Chicken Salad
Cold chicken salad is another great way to both repurpose leftover chicken and serve your schoolchildren a scrumptious sandwich. 

7. Meatloaf
Whether you prefer sandwiching your meatloaf between bread or sending your child to school with full slices, this leftover is well-suited for lunch.

8. Lasagna
Leftover lasagna has everything your child could need - cheese, ground beef and tomato. Whether it's served hot or cold, it's guaranteed to please.



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