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yummy don't forget the veggies peppers onions squash.

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4/28/11 3:31 P

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Today it will be ham and cheese omelets.


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4/28/11 2:24 P

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ham sandwiches,ham with lima bean,ham broc with mack and cheese ham ground with eggs celery or just ham with veggies

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4/28/11 11:58 A

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I have to agree. This week I am being creative with the leftover ham. It has been a bonus.


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4/28/11 11:46 A

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life is a lot simpler with left overs emoticon

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4/26/11 10:30 P

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I don't seem to mind at all having something twice in a week. The bonus time saver is worth it to me.


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4/26/11 10:02 P

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I love having leftovers because I work and my husband is retired, so it gives him something for lunch the next day and if there's a whole lot we can even have it for a second dinner. Works great for me. I,too, am used to preparing bigger meals and its hard to get out of that habit. My daughter works after school so she usually gets something while she's there so leftovers are the usual around our place now. Healthy foods are versatile too. I like seeing all the ways that people use their leftovers gives me ideas on how to use them to prepare a totally different meal using the day before leftovers. Beginning week two now and hoping to stay on track and do more post this week, hopefully all the storms will pass and I can get on the computer everyday. Reda

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4/26/11 1:10 P

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that so true. i make and freeze beef and pork roast shredded then they can add bbq or taco sauce to make sandwiches. i precook chicken for me and then the left over i use in salads or omlets and my favorite is spinach and chicken pita pizza. emoticon

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4/26/11 9:58 A

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For days when they are in a "hit the fridge" mood leftovers are so handy. After raising two daughters who really did get hungry it was a stark change to have sons-in-law. They can put new meaning to looking for things to eat. I really try hard to keep enough on hand for their visits.


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4/25/11 8:44 P

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i love them and so does my family when they are around, they always hit the fridge first.

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4/25/11 6:07 P

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That is pretty creative! I am going to use some ham tonight just we had it yesterday but later in the week it will show up in omelets or perhaps a fritatta. The side dishes can be nearly anything. I have a nice sweet potato that would go good too. Leftovers are timesavers.


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4/25/11 5:03 P

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well left over meat loaf can be tomorrows tacos or add some bbq sauce for sandwiches. i some times put some in my eggs for breakfast or crumple up for salad at lunch.

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4/25/11 1:23 P

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I do not like leftovers. I just don't. But, my hubby does, so I freeze leftovers for future meals for him. It works great for those evenings I am not home to cook..or for his lunches.

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4/24/11 9:22 P

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One of the main reasons I like to freeze leftovers is the time is saves me later on. However, truth be known, I coook better for a larger group than for two only...I am not sure why that is. So this is the best plan for empty nesters like us.


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4/21/11 7:06 P

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i can not get out of cooking big meals so i either rearange it the next day or freeze.

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It shows how accustomed we are at larger meals and quick fixes. The frozen mini meals are such a good option.


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4/21/11 2:22 P

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I freeze them up in "mimi meals". I'm a widow and lived alone so had plenty of left overs to deal with. My daughter is staying with me while they are waiting on a house. She has hit the "mimi meals" hard since I've been cooking healthy and don't have a lot of mac& cheese and frozen "stuff" around she is sure I am trying to starve her.

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4/21/11 10:49 A

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There are a lot of good ideas here. I got out of the habit of planning when the girls flew the coupe. Now my husband and I ask what is for dinner...now I know I need to get back to planning.


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Family is not big on leftovers, so I try to cook just enough for the meal and if there are leftovers, I eat it for lunch the next couple of days. I plan my meals so I can cook big batches of meat and use them later in the week for different meals.

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4/15/11 4:05 P

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big batch cooking is great for that purpose!!!

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PACKAGED & FROZEN THEY ARE NOW MADE AHEAD MEALS FOR THOSE BUSY DAYS!!! I do not consider these meals LEFTOVERS!!!

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I cook for one, so everything I make normally has four servings, so the remaining three I put in the fridge in individual containers so that when I am in a hurry or didn't have time to cook I don't have to measure anything out, just pop it in the microwave and have a healthy meal.

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4/13/11 12:31 P

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try the chicken on pizza made with spinach and roasted red peppers all on pita bread so yummy. no sauce just cheese.

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I just made a roasted chicken tonight and will reuse the chicken for salads this week. I'm not a fan of leftovers but since I'm eating healthier I don't use so many creamy sauces.

Oh, and I usually make a big batch of gravy (sauce) to use during the week over chicken or pasta if I'm running late. Every bit helps!

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i usually freeze them in pre pared servings.

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I purposely cook for leftovers. So many things I enjoyed cannot be made as a single serving. Also, as I strive to eat to satisfication only and not to overeat, there is more leftover. So, as shared, my "leftovers" are for lunches, and later dinners.

Also, with my planned "leftovers", I try to prepare them in different ways. (Wraps, salad, soup, etc.)

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i have beef stew in the freezer and precooked chicken for soup, pizza or sandwiches/

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I pack up leftovers immediately into individually packed meals. It is what hubby has for his lunches or we will pull them our for dinner if something happens and I have no time to cook. Right now we have lentil stew, vegan chili mac, chili and curry in the freezer.



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i do the same or sometimes i take to my grandson and his family

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I divide mine up into single serving tuperware and we eat it for lunches or snacks when hungry. If there is a lot of leftovers, I will freeze them.

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I use leftovers for the next day lunch. emoticon

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i always have some kind of left overs. i usually end up freezing them or just eating for lunch the next day.

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I try to plan to not have any leftovers at all. I'm such a stickler when I am cooking for my husband and me, that I'd rather cut an onion in half, use half today, and half tomorrow in something else, instead of making twice the food and end up going back for seconds. It takes some planning, but weighing the ingredients to a recipe really helps not having anything left, and helps me hit my calorie targets!

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We rarely have leftovers. The exception would be a small pork loin which would be used for a couple of meals. I keep frozen chicken breast and fish that can be thawed and cooked easily. If we have leftover spaghetti/pasta, my husband will eat it for lunch the next day.

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left overs are a great way to be creative. roast,stew the next day or tacos. chicken shred for tacos,bbq sandwiches or into a soup.

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Soup it!!

...I keep broth in the house, for when the leftovers get out of hand. Throw everything in a pot or slow cooker. I usually just make it up as I go along.


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This has always been a big problem for me. Some foods, I have no issue eating day in and day out (I have the same breakfast everday), but sometimes I just don't want to be eating the same supper every single day. It gets monotonous.
A friend and I have decided to try something new - and we just started this week!
My friend makes a homecooked meal, and I make a homecooked meal on Tuesday, and then we get together to eat. While I eat my meal and he eats his meal, when it's over, we trade off some leftovers. So this week I traded some of my Cola Chicken for some lamb and couscous. So we're both still making the same amount of food, but we get more variety! We're thinking of getting more friends in on this, so we could have even more variety!

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In our house we use single serve divided tupperware trays to put the leftovers in for lunches. This helps control portion size.



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I usually use my leftovers for soup. I add veggies and cut up meat into bite-size pieces and add them to chicken stock.


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Now that i have "empty nest syndrome", I am finding it challenging to cook the right amount for me and hubby. We often end up with a mountain of leftovers. We do the lunch thing and the freezing thing, but somehow most recipes just plain make too many servings for 2. I am starting to cut the recipes in half and find I still have leftovers for lunches. We do not like eating the same meal too many times.

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@ Kitkat - I so need to pick up that Cook for Two cookbook!
@ Pioneer Fit Mom - Love the turkey taco idea!!

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I also tend to use up a lot of leftover veggies by making soup. By using the crockpot, I don't have to keep an eye on the stove, and I know I'll have a delicious, nutritious meal by dinnertime. Chicken noodle soup and vegetable soup (or minestrone) are probably two of my favorites -- depending on what kind of vegetables I am using. I must say that I enjoy soup (even if it's just the broth) for sipping on between meals (especially during the winter months).

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I also relegate some left overs to our 2 dogs, but I have 3 growing teens and they eat leftovers for afternoon snack. I especially prefer to throw stuff into the crockpot to make homemade soup if I do have leftovers.

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If I'm big batch cooking, it goes in individual containers in the freezer. If I eat something, and either I'm not crazy about it, or I've had it too many times - it goes to my 2puppy garbage disposal (if it is something healthy enough that they can eat). I generally bring leftovers, though, to work for lunch.

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This is not a particularly creative idea, but it's what I do. I plan for leftovers--especially of vegetables. The extra veggies are for my lunch at the office the next day. In fact, to be sure that I get them, I don't put all the veggies I prepare on the table at dinner.

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I have a Ice cream keeper in my freezer..I do not use it for Ice cream anymore..LOL I take all the can veggies and beans that I drain and put the juices in that container. I have layers of vitamin packed juice I use for soup stock. If I prepare the veggie and and the juice is left even if there is a bit of veggie in it I layer it on. Then when I am ready to make soup I take it out and thaw it and it is ready fro my pot. Filled with vitamins and flavor.! Happy Sparking

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I like to plan ahead, so for instance, when I cook chicken (normally a whole chicken) I already know that it will have multi purposes-- a piece for dinner, as a topping for a salad, make chicken salad, soup/broth.

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I'm seeing some ideas here that I'd like to try, but mostly I'm too picky of an eater to enjoy "mixed food". When I make something like pasta or rice, I always make at least 3 servings. One serving goes on my plate and the others get put into tupperware immediately. Then while I am making my own serving, I use the same things for the "left overs". Like measuring out the cheese or meat for toppings. I usually only make 3-4 servings because I don't always like eating the same meal every night. I think I will need to become less picky if I want to have more variety! LOL

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A great site for finding recipes to use the ingredients you have is Supercook. It will tell you if you already have all of the ingredients or what you still need. You can also filter for recipes based on 1 or more specific ingredients.

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When I make something like lesagne I make more sauce than I need and either freeze it or will use it a couple nights later on chicken parm or penne pasta. Also, I've gotten good at making half sizes (just my DH and I here!) or making the full recipe but only cooking half and freezing the other half. For instance, when I make sheppards pie I'll freeze half of it and then pull it out a few weeks later and just put fresh mashed potaotes on it. And same when I make chicken pot pie, fresh crust. Esp with those heavier dishes I can't have them but more than once a month, so I've had to figure out how to freeze it and have it taste just as good. Plus, this helps for nights where we're wanting to go out and not cook, just pop it in the oven and you're good to go!

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