Leftover Beef? Turn Your Family Dinners into Lunchbox Favourites

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Beef leftovers are perfect for making delicious and nutritious lunches – for kids and adults alike. Here are some tips for making tasty lunches from your beef leftovers:

Lunchbox Tips

  • Don’t have a fridge at work or school? To keep food fresh and cool, use an insulated lunch box and include a small freezer brick or a bottle of frozen water. Food and drinks that are kept cool will be safer and tastier to eat.
  • Invest in containers of various sizes to make packing lunches easier.
  • No microwave? Consider using an insulated thermos container to keep food hot until lunch time.
  • If you don’t regularly have leftovers after your nightly meal, cook an extra serve of meat and vegetables or double your recipe to ensure leftovers for lunch the next day.
  • When it comes to making kids’ lunches, it’s always great to have bread (wraps, pitas, burgers) and spreads (cream cheese, dip, margarine, etc.) on hand.

Leftover Roast Beef

Leftover roast beef is perfect for incorporating into lunches. Consider:

  • Slicing the beef and putting it in wholegrain sandwiches, rolls, pitas or wraps with fresh salad ingredients and hummus or tzatziki.
  • Cutting the beef into small pieces and tossing it into a salad with veggies and pasta or rice.

BBQ Beef Steaks

BBQ steaks are so delicious – it’s always worth cooking an extra one or two steaks so that you can have them on hand for lunch the next day. Consider:

  • Topping a piece of lavash/flat bread with sliced steak, shredded lettuce, sliced cherry tomatoes, a little sour cream and grated cheese.
  • Tossing sliced steak through a salad with leftover roast veggies, salad greens and a drizzle of dressing.

Rissoles or Meatballs

Leftover rissoles or meatballs make perfect next-day sandwich fillers. Consider:

  • Splitting a pita pocket and filling with a rissole (halved), some tabouli or salad greens and hummus/tzatziki.
  • Splitting a wholegrain roll in half and adding meatballs (halved), salad greens, a slice of beetroot, grated cheese and a dollop of tomato relish.

Making Lunch for Your Kids? Get Them Involved

One easy way to prevent your kids from complaining about their lunches is to give them some autonomy over the lunch process. Here are some tips for how you can do this:

  • Take your kid/s grocery shopping, and let them choose healthy ingredients for their lunches.
  • Let them choose one treat (a packet of chips, chocolate, lollies etcetera) each week and make Friday ‘treat day’. They only get their treat if they eat their lunches throughout the week.
  • Ask them to help you prepare their food.

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This information in this post is adapted from Beef & Lamb, where you can find great resources about cooking, eating, buying and storing beef and lamb.