20 easy dinner recipes that make great leftovers

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These delicious meals are even better second time around...

Penne all'arrabbiata with crispy pancetta & basil, Lorraine Pascale

© Lorraine Pascale/Harper Collins

Want to save cash and hassle? Then packed lunches are the answer.

We know what you're thinking, 'Handbag, seriously, stop coming into our house and shoving our leftovers in Tupperware boxes' - but it's for your own good.

These recipes will not only taste better the next day, they will make you the envy of all your ill-prepared work colleagues. Yeah, take that Jenny in accounting - we've got lasagne for lunch, how's your sandwich looking now fool?

LORRAINE PASCALE: DAD'S PENNE ALL'ARRABBIATA RECIPE (ABOVE)

Crispy Pancetta and a creamy tomato sauce means this pasta dish is great eaten hot or cold.

Fabulous Baker Brothers Moussaka recipe


HEALTHY MOUSSAKA RECIPE

Blending traditional Greek flavours with new cheese on the block - Quark - this delicious recipe is yummy and healthy.

Pumpkin, spinach, and Gorgonzola lasagne

© The More Veg Cookbook by Carolyn Humphries



PUMPKIN, SPINACH AND GORGONZOLA LASAGNE

This rich, vegetarian lasagne is bursting with sage and nutmeg flavours topped with gorgonzola and roasted pumpkin.

Quinoa with Roasted Vegetables and Chickpeas healthy salad recipe - summer salad recipes - healthy diet - summer recipe - gym bag - handbag.com

© Lisa Linder



CHICKPEA, QUINOA AND VEGETABLE SALAD

Make lots of this Moroccan, super food salad and take the leftovers to work in the morning.

Flamin' hot BBQ meatballs in spicy tomato sauce with warm garlic bread


FLAMIN' BBQ MEATBALLS IN SPICY TOMATO SAUCE

Rich tomato sauce and BBQ meatballs - yummy! Serve with rice and salad the night before and toasted pitta for next day's lunch.

Deon Mo Bros cookbook spring chicken and peppers recipe


SPRING CHICKEN AND ROMERO PEPPERS WITH COUS COUS

This light and zesty chicken salad is great for hot summer days or served with warm cous cous on colder evenings.

Leek and Prosciutto Macaroni with Green Beans in Shallot Vinaigrette

© Chris Terry



LEEK AND PROSCIUTTO MACARONI WITH GREEN BEANS

Sometimes you just need a bit of a treat. Mix crisp prosciutto with creamy leeks and throw in some crunchy beans to make a grown-up macaroni.

The surf cafe cook book fish chowder

© The Surf Cafe Cookbook



THE SURF CAFÉ'S WEST COAST CHOWDER RECIPE

Chow down on this American favourite - seafood chowder, which mixes fresh fish and shellfish in a creamy sauce.

Healthy Recipe: Kale and chorizo stew

© Morrisons M Kitchen



HEALTHY KALE & CHORIZO STEW RECIPE

Kale is bursting with antioxidants and this filling but simple meal is a great blend of veggies and protein.

Malaysian chicken curry recipe


KARI AYAM MALAYSIAN CHICKEN CURRY RECIPE

Coconut milk, cinnamon and garlic mix to make this spicy but creamy chicken curry. Make extra the evening before then pop in a tupperware to take to work.

No pastry quiche recipe


LIZ MCCLARNON'S NO PASTRY HEALTHY QUICHE RECIPE

This scrummy no-pastry quiche is great eaten hot or cold. Full of feta and parma ham, you get all of the taste and none of the guilt.

Mediterranean minestrone soup with thyme


MEDITERRANEAN MINESTRONE SOUP WITH THYME

So easy to re-heat in the microwave and bursting with rich tomatoey flavours - this wholesome soup is a winner.

Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall trout watercress and spelt salad

© Photography by Simon Wheeler 2012



TROUT, WATERCRESS AND SPELT SALAD

Use fresh trout and crisp watercress to make this delicious super salad. Serve with new potatoes the night before and take the rest to work for a healthy lunchtime treat.

Caldesi Italian soup recipe

© The Amalfi Coast



ITALIAN ROASTED PEPPER & POTATO SOUP RECIPE

Transport yourself to the warm shores of Sicily with this delicious roasted red pepper, potato and herb soup.

Beef enchiladas


BEEF QUESADILLAS WITH CHILLI SALSA

This Mexican dish combines meaty beef with spicy homemade chilli sauce. You can toast pitta to serve with the sauce for lunch.

HelloFresh head chef recipe Moroccan Spiced Lamb with Sweet Vegetable Stew

© HelloFresh.co.uk



MOROCCAN SPICED LAMB WITH SWEET VEGETABLE STEW RECIPE

Spiced lamb and plenty of veggies thrown in too - this stew is great for making in bulk and freezing.

split pea and ham soup

© 100 Best Health Foods



SPLIT PEA & HAM SOUP RECIPE

Sometimes you just need a bowl of warming soup. This ham and pea soup is also perfect for girls on the go.

Rigatoni Carbonara

© Zizzi Restaurants



RIGATONI CARBONARA RECIPE

Creamy carbonara, rich pancetta and lashings of parmesan...we are drooling already.

Tea Tabouleh with Spiced Lamb Cutlets


TEA TABOULEH WITH SPICED LAMB CUTLETS RECIPE

An unusual twist on a classic BBQ favourite, these lamb cutlets and herby salad are great for summer lunches and dinners.

Honestly Healthy Recipe: Layered Vegetable Bake

© Honestly Healthy



HONESTLY HEALTHY RECIPE: LAYERED VEGETABLE BAKE RECIPES

Instead of using lasagne sheets which can leave you feeling bloated, try this amazing vegetable bake recipe which layers bright, sliced vegetables together with Mediterranean olive oil.

Patrick Drake's Superfood Kale And Tuscan Sausages with Penne

© HelloFresh.co.uk



SUPERFOOD KALE AND TUSCAN SAUSAGES WITH PENNE RECIPE

Toss some vitamin rich kale in with this Tuscan inspired penne and sausage pasta. It'll leave you feeling fuller for longer and tastes pretty yummy too.

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