(Closed) NWR: Leftovers – Yay or Nay? (More of a rant than anything)

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Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Don’t waste food. Has he seen your grocery bill? Maybe you need to affix a price tag to everything he’s tossing and give him a summary once of month of the money he’s throwing in the trash.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Ugh, I have a similar problem.

I’m at home most of the time, so I eat the leftovers for lunch.  I have to be careful if we’re planning on having leftover for dinner though, because Darling Husband will be annoyed if there’s not enough.  If it’s something he really likes he doesn’t want me to have more than half, but he always forgets to take them with him for lunch.

Sometimes my plan to save him food doesn’t work, because he suddenly has to go out of town.

At least he eats them!

I could solve part of my problem by getting up early enough for the days when he would eat lunch at work (he gets lots of paid lunches) but I don’t care enough to do that all the time!

 

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My Fiance doesn’t really eat leftovers either. He also gets tired of food REALLY easily – like he can’t take a sandwich to lunch for 2 days in a row. Its really ridiculous and makes it hard to not waste food/plan meals. He would rather go all day without eating than bring leftovers or the same food two days in a row to work. He will eat restaurant leftovers though, but thats pretty much it.

I started cutting down recipes a lot so it would just make enough for us to eat for dinner without leaving much, if anything, left over. It has helped and we don’t waste so much food.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

some people just dont like eating leftovers. I sure dont. My Fiance loves to eat all the leftovers but its just not really my things. You can try telling him how you feel about it but you cant make him eat it if he doesnt want to. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

You can’t make him eat them. Leftovers are just not appetizing to some people. My SO loves them and he will gladly eat what I don’t. I grew up eating leftovers so I don’t have a problem either.

I would say lead by example. Save the leftovers for dinner and heat it all up and put it out for dinner. If he wants some he will have some. If he doesn’t then more for you! Leftover taco meat makes awesome nachos and quesadillas.

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

If you froze them and used them later so he wasn’t eating the same thing within a short time frame, would he eat them?

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@HereWeGo:  I make leftovers into other things.  So, for example, we might have a roast chicken one night, chicken and dumplings the next, then chicken pot pie.  It works for a lot of dishes (left over marinara becomes pizza sauce, meatloaf gets used for stuffed peppers, etc).

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Like a PP said, you could try freezing some of the meals and reheating another time on a night you don’t feel like cooking. That way it’s not the next day and it will feel newer.

You could also designate one night to be leftover night, and say you’re not going to cook or go out. Of course he still doesn’t have to be forced, but hopefully he’ll can try leftovers at least once a week!

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@housebee:  Oh yes, that’s a good idea too. It can be challenging, but a lot of things can be used for different meals.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I almost never eat leftovers. It’s a running joke in my family that my mom and I just “don’t do leftovers.” I will eat some leftovers, but only if it’s individual pieces that I can recombine in a different way, that has some soft of fresh element I can add in (turing last nights taco meat into taco salad for lunch), or is soup. But I want nothing to do with last nights grilled chicken and greeb beans b/c it will taste the exact same as it did last night, only worse because the microwave will dry out the chicken and make the veggies mushy.

My Fiance knew this going in, so usually he just eats all of the leftovers (including mine). It works for us, and he knows he will not change my opinion on leftovers.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

It is the same way at my house.  Fiance hates leftovers and would rather starve than eat them most times.  If it is pizza or other takeout leftovers he is more likely to eat them but he almost never eats leftovers from mine or his cooking.  Luckily, he cooks just as much as I do so it doesn’t bother me in the time and energy department but food waste really bothers me. 

I do my best to prevent more leftovers than what I can eat at lunch the next day but if I can’t they just end up in the trash.  It’s a battle I will never win, so what’s the point?  I would rather waste a little food than start a fight over it.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We have the opposite problem. Fiance cooks the exact amount he thinks we will eat. However, unlike your man, if there’s not enough food he will go hungry. Most of the time people will feel full if they stop eating when they’re 80% full.  Anyway I know that’s a pretty hard habit to have & I don’t really understand how he does it. I would rather be able to eat my fill. But I also don’t have a problem with leftovers.

 I think the best way out of this is @housebee:‘s approach of making things that will become other things. 

For the restaurant leftovers, maybe the two of you could split a meal so there are no leftovers to bring home? Or, just don’t bring home the leftover food – better for the restaurant to throw it out than you throwing it away a week later.

 

 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee

This is tragic … we LOVE leftovers. They are the best part! Cook once, eat three or four times …

One strategy we use to keep from letting things go to waste is to have a whiteboard on the fridge where we note what’s in there that needs to get eaten (both leftovers and perishables). When it gets eaten, it gets erased from the board. That way, we can see at a glance what should be eaten quickly.

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