Monday, June 21, 2010

Thrifty Strategy- Leftovers

Leftovers. I have to admit that the thought of leftovers used to gross me out. Now I appreciate the ease and thriftiness of leftovers, but there are still only certain dishes that I really enjoy as leftovers. The key is to find recipes which you will actually eat when they are re-heated.

Most evenings when I make dinner, I plan to have at least one serving left over. That goes into a plastic container and usually becomes my husband's lunch for the next day. Did I mention he loves all leftovers? It makes a great marriage since he will eat any leftovers that I don't like. There are also certain dishes that I make specifically to freeze for another time. I will share those recipes on this blog, the penne recipe from two weeks ago was one of these. Others include chili, macaroni and cheese, chicken soup, and several others.

Leftovers can help you avoid spending on costly lunches out and can also be a real lifesaver for those evenings that are too busy to make dinner from scratch. If you have a few frozen meals of leftovers in the freezer you're all set. I was so thankful for a full freezer when we had our daughter. We were happy to be able to pull something out and have a homemade dinner without having to cook or to have a frozen pizza!

So plan leftovers into your week. Your wallet and your waistline will thank you.

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