Beating the Lunchbox Blues by J. M. Hirsch

This is a cool little book that gives you ideas for lunches from leftovers. Ok, that sounds like a no-brainer….you just cook extra food or take what ever is left, right?

That’s an obvious plan and one we practice quite a bit. But this book will assist with some other ideas for combining leftover meats and/or vegetables to make a completely different dish. There is a bit of humor in the book and I like that. The author talks about the packed lunches he made for his children and the questions and comments they had about his taking photos of their lunch. A different perspective.

What we did with a roasted chicken was make two different meals for lunches during the work week. Some of the leftover chicken was chunked and put into a gumbo. Now this is a hearty lunch for cold weather. Tastes good too 🙂

Here is another dish. Behold a chicken and rice dish with extra broth to keep it moist. I added a wee bit of BBQ sauce to mine.

We have leftovers 98% of the time. Saves money and it’s a healthier alternative to restaurant food.

What sort of lunches do you pack during the week?

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18 thoughts on “Beating the Lunchbox Blues by J. M. Hirsch

  1. I use this book for inspiration — we eat leftovers for lunch too, but I like the transformations and the ideas when there aren’t any leftovers from the night before.


  2. I’m at home so I tend to just eat sandwiches or something but my husband takes his lunch to work most days. He tends to do leftovers but this would be great for the days that there aren’t any. He always ends up eating out those days and this sounds much healthier! I’ll have to look for this one at the library.


  3. Another new one for me, but of course always using left-overs for more dinners as well as lunches. Amazing how many meals you can get out of one chicken or small pork loin.


  4. I take a lot of leftovers as my lunch, too, but my fallback when there are none is a cup of yogurt and I’m getting tired of yogurt! I should check this book out for sure.


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