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Turn Main-Dish Leftovers Into Easy Lunch Wraps

No leftovers left behind!

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

Photo by Jilian Kuhlmann

Easy to prep, super delicious, and always different, wraps are kind of a lunch miracle.

And the good news just gets better. Because you can turn a ton of leftovers into simple wraps, transforming tonight’s dinner into tomorrow's tasty, totally different lunch.

Roasted meats work great, of course: chicken, beef, turkey, duck, pork -- all genius choices.

California Club Chicken Wraps

Photo by DIZ

But that's only the half of it. Wraps also rock with leftover chops, stews, and steaks; with hamburger, salmon, or veggie patties; even with eggplant Parmesan, chicken tenders, meatballs, or fried fish – slice ‘em up, wrap ‘em up. And if you're going low-carb, try wrapping everything up in a large lettuce leaf.

Condiments are key. Mix 'em up to create exciting dressings. Use remoulades, dipping sauces, or even packaged salad dressings, like Thousand Island or blue cheese dressing, which you can doctor up if you like.

Chef John's Remoulade

Photo by Chef John

Mix fermented veggies (like cabbage, carrots, beets, and pickles) directly into the dressing. They add terrific texture. And let's face it, it's a great trick for sneaking these healthy foods into your diet.

Make your dressing in advance, and package it up in little to-go containers.

Pre-wash the lettuce and store it rolled up in paper towels in a plastic baggie. Then lay the lettuce on top of the wrap, and spoon the good stuff onto it. The lettuce will help keep the wrap from getting soggy.

Asian Roll Lettuce Wrap

Photo by Rock_lobster

Wraps aren't just for main dish leftovers. Leftover appetizers let you get positively meta about things. Wrap bacon-wrapped jalapenos in a wrap, for example. Ditto bacon-wrapped smokies.

No leftovers? No problem. Cut up an avocado and a little cheese, maybe some chopped green onions and shaved carrots; and with a tasty dressing and lettuce, you’re totally set. Cold cuts? Of course!

Turkey Wraps

Photo by CCLoves2Bake

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