Sushi Rice Salad: Cook sushi rice or regular rice according to package instructions. While still warm, add a little sugar dissolved in rice or cider vinegar and toss with a fork. Fold in diced red bell pepper, shredded carrots, cooked and shelled edamame and salt; toss to combine.
Spaghetti Frittata: Fold leftover spaghetti into beaten eggs combined with some grated Parmesan cheese. Pour into a square baking pan and bake at 350 until just set. Cut into rectangles and serve on slices of foccacia or other bread.
Fontina, Onion, and Mushroom English Muffins: Toast English muffins and brush with a cut garlic clove and a little olive oil. Top with sliced fontina cheese, sauteed onions and sauteed sliced mushrooms.
Pork Parmesan Sandwich: Dip pork cutlets first in flour, then eggs, then in a mix of breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan cheese. Saute until golden brown and cooked through. Pack on crusty rolls with greens and a drizzle of lemon juice and olive oil.
Roasted Vegetable and Cheese Salad: Roast (or grill) an assortment of seasonal vegetables and dress with oil and vinegar. In a separate container pack slices of Manchego or Cheddar cheese and a crisp green to be tossed together at lunch time. Send along toasted pumpkin seeds.
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