I often end up with extra food when I cook. Rather than packing up whatever is left at the end of the meal, I serve up measured portions into storage containers as I'm dishing out the regular plates. It stops me from going back for seconds after the meal is done, and when I do heat up the leftovers I know that I'm getting good, full portions instead of however much happens to be left.
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When cooking larger amounts of food for dinner, I "serve" dinner to my leftover containers at the same time as our dinner plates. No easy second helpings if things are already put away in the fridge ready for future lunches or dinners!
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