The economy is down, food prices are up: What's a cook to do? I say, make recipes that taste even better as leftovers, so you'll be thrilled with your lunch (and dinner?) for the next day. The bulk of these suggestions are casseroles, which almost always improve with time, either cold or heated. Some of my favorite recipes (and a few I want to try):
Baked Pasta Casseroles
Cheesy Baked Shells with Broccoli from Real Simple
Baked Multigrain Elbows with Gorgonzola and Spinach from Southern Living
Baked Gemelli with Spinach, Ricotta, and Prosciutto from Martha Stewart
Tuna Risotto from The New York Times
Black Bean and Tomato Quinoa from Serious Eats
Lazy Day Peanut Noodle Salad from 101 Cookbooks (pictured above)
Butternut Squash with Cumin Couscous from Real Simple
Israeli Couscous with Chard from TheKitchn.com
And for the truly adventurous, YumSugar.com has reviewed a cookbook that claims you can make gourmet-tasting meals from the 99-cent store!
What's your favorite budget cooking recipe or secret?
Written by Kathleen Murray-Harris for Real Simple's Simply Stated: Food Blog
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