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

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Post # 47
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Leftovers are definitely more appealing when altered 🙂  I ♥ this site: http://reheaterrepeaters.com  for ideas 🙂

 

 

ETA:  Luckily, Fiance will eat ANYTHING!  It’s great for getting rid of leftovers I don’t really care for, but I had to learn to stake a claim on what I wanted to be left for me.  🙂

 

 

Post # 48
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Not everyone likes leftovers, I absolutely will not eat them. Like not even a few hours later, I just can’t do it. I would be upset if my Fiance guilted me about it, I am not a child and shouldn’t be forced to eat something I don’t want to eat. 

Post # 49
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11324 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

we are not big left-over people so i just make an effort to not make as much food usually. Not stuffing yourself is not the worst thing ever. And we keep a big jar of trail mix on our counter for snacks so on the occassions where my husband doesn’t feel full enough after dinner he just gets some of that and is fine with it. 

We also use the reusing leftovers thing– although we plan for it. Like if we’re making tacos one week then we also plan to making nachos the next night with the leftover meat. If we’re making fajitas we use the leftover veg for omelets that weekend. 

 

Post # 50
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I freeze things if I know there are too many leftovers. I also do not cook for him or just do whatever he wants if he doesn’t want to eat the leftovers. He gets to make his own food or can pick something up for himself if that’s the case.

Post # 51
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647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Fiance and I love eating leftovers but we both grew up with dads who refused to touch anything they had eaten then day before. I think this fact irritated us both so we may be more apt to eat leftovers because we 1. love food and 2. don’t like wasting things. I don’t know what the deal is but some people can’t stand to eat the same thing 2 days in a row.

Post # 52
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7199 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

I have to opposite problem. My man was a bachelor for a VERY long time and got into the habit of cooking a lot of one thing and eating it all week. Not only is that incredibly boring for ONE week, but he basically makes the same thing every week! So yeah… I’ve taken over cooking for the most part. I cook what we’ll have for one dinner, sometimes enough for leftovers for lunch the next day. It’s great, although I’m learning it is tough to make a unique dinner every night… especially when we’re on a budget and mostly have chicken.

Post # 53
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

DH rarely eats leftovers. If there are leftovers I’m going to eat I tell him and if he doesn’t want to eat them with me then he’s on his own for finding something to eat. I’d never make him a separate meal. I usually take leftovers to work for lunch and eat them there since it’s rare that he will eat them for dinner.

Post # 54
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692 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

In our house, it depends on the leftovers.  Leftover taco fillings don’t last long, so long as I keep tortillas/chips on hand, but leftover chilli goes strait in the freezer otherwise it’ll go bad.

I do my best most of the time to limit how much is cooked, so that I’m only left with 1 lunch for me (DH doesn’t do lunch), but there are some meals (chilli and japanese-style curry come to mind) where you can’t help but make a lot, so I have a freezer stock for busy weekday nights, pre-portioned out to be just enough for the 2 of us.

If you cut a recipe down to where its almost not enough, maybe try adding a starch or side to it to help round out the meal.  I’m a big fan of ‘one-pot’ meals, so I usally don’t make sides, but if I’m cutting the recipe to not make too much b/c we won’t eat the leftovers, I try to also bake some potatoes or rolls or make some rice to make the meal more filling.

Oh!  And fried rice.  Best meal ever for flipping leftovers.  Take whatever veggies and protein you have at the end of the week, dice ’em and stir fry ’em, add an egg if you feel like it, then dump in some pre-cooked rice and a pinch of stir-fry sauce and toss in the pan until the rice gets a little toasted.  I’ve been known to ‘steal’ the veggie sides out of take-out boxes for fried rice night.

Post # 55
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

DH and I both grew up with leftovers as part of normal meal planning.  There were frequent “leftover nights” where it was first come, first serve to make you dinner out of the various leftovers in the fridge.  They all went on the counter, buffet-style, and you got to pick and choose what you wanted.

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