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11/5/12 2:33 P

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I usually will try to plan meals for the week and then cook everything I can,freeze in individual containers. This way the day of the meal the only prep will be the fresh vegetables and fruit. If I am not feeling well I can count on the freezer to have something to eat thus reducing the temptation to grab something quick and unhealthy (my husband is not completely on board with not having the ice cream and doritos ect out of the house).

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I love the idea of portioned out single servings!

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I've started taking my dinner leftovers for breakfast the next morning. I find that I don't usually need a morning snack if I do that and it helps clear out my fridge!

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I went out and stocked up on Rubbermaid single serve containers.Now,instead of putting leftovers in one large container that no one wants to take part of, all we have to do is take off the lid & heat in the microwave. If there are leftovers at the end of the week I will have leftover Sunday to finish them up before I start making meals for the next week.

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Dear friends,
I find to help my meal planning I cook with leftovers as intentional not be accident therefore I can have something always in the freezer that can be a hot meal in a few microwave minutes instead of grabbing food that is not good for me or carbs or sugars.

I especially like escarole & beans, chili (onions, peppers,chop meat,chili sauce,beans),
eggplant/peppers/onions/chop meat/red sauce....the possibilities are unlimited. When it is homemade you can have quick ready meals without the added chemicals, preservatives and extra fats and fillers store prepared foods have.

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The whiteboard is a great idea! I may have to try that...

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I'll have to try that.

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Have leftover broccoli and zucchini. I will sauté with fresh mushrooms and a little extra firm tofu.
Oh yes, and season it well.
Than enjoy.

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Cooking for one can be a challenge. Have always cooked for 6-8 people and having difficulty breaking old habits. Surrendering to this way of cooking has afforded many benefits. It is cheaper, less labor intensive and takes much less time than cooking for one daily.

I use mostly fresh veggies in main meals. I will make a one pot stew usually with some tofu, veggies, chicken or turkey. The seasonings used are very basic in basic dish. Then I can make different flavor variations the day they are heated up. One day I will add an oriental flair, Italian, curry, sweet and sour, chili, and the list goes on and on. That way I cook only once and have different meals all week long.

Please let me know your ideas as well. Am always willing to learn.

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I try to plan for leftovers. If I need a half head of cabbage I try to think what I could do with the second half *while* I'm doing the meal planning for the week. I also try to do planned leftovers like cooking a double batch of brown rice to go with dinner on Monday and in the casserole on Wednesday.

I've got a little whiteboard that I write all our meals for the week on. It SO helps to see it laid out like that, plus the kids love knowing what to expect.

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Thanks for the ideas but what do you do if you have a great big bowl of soup, We ended up freezing the rest in a con taioner cause we were sick of it already. It needed to be thinned out but we knew if we added broth or water we would have twice as much as what we did. So we ate it as it was very thick.

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I cook enough for 4 or 6 or however much I have, and I divide the rest up into plastic freezer safe containers and use them as frozen dinners. They take longer to cook in the micro than regular frozen dinners, but that way I am 100% sure the rest wont go in the garbage, because I usually get tired of eating the same left overs for 3+ days in a row.

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Sometimes i'm great about using leftovers, and sometimes i'm absolutely terrible at it (typically when the leftovers migrate to the back/bottom of the fridge. Leftover meats end up as part of sandwiches, or sometimes as part of the "stuffing" in an omlette. Cooked veggies often end up in the omlettes too, or as part of a quick stir-fry.

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I'm, also, a freezer Queen !!
And Italian !!!!
I don't know how to cook for 2 or 3 just an Army !!!
I think that's my problem.
I need to learn to cook for just the 2 of us with NO leftovers (if possible)
If I do have leftovers, they go in the freezer...

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My best tool for using up leftovers is a stand-alone freezer. Since acquiring one, I'm no longer afraid of just cooking up enough for an army, since now there's a place for me to store my leftover packets instead of eating the same thing--leftover Easter ham!--day after day after day after day.

I divide the leftover meat into packets, and wrap a label around the packet that tells me what it is with date so I can easily see what I've got when I open the freezer door. (Also keep a computerized list in the kitchen to refer to so I don't forget to use them up regularly!).

When I boiled vegetables, simmer dried beans, poach meat, or even fish, I'll pour the leftover water into ziplok baggies, freeze them, and pull them out when I've got enough to make a soup.

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New favorite thing is the leftover pieces from the juices, adding it to casserole's. Like the celery and carrot would be great in a meatloaf, lasagna, etc.



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I've been using my panini machine a lot lately. Instead of bread, I use tortillas. I get two for around 200 calories and filling them up is easy since they're only 6" wide.

I just throw in whatever is in the fridge really - some turn out great. Some....well there's always tomorrow!

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My goal this week is to cook two seperate meals from leftovers. This doesn't sound like a lot but I have to start somewhere.

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I love the filo bread idea. I have discovered you can also use refrigerated pizza dough ( pick up wheat if its available) and you can make anything! taco calazone, ham and cheese..or mini pot pies...once again you can even throw in fruit and have a fun desert!

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i like to make stir fries with leftover meat like pork tenderloin, and add sugar snap peas, onion, mushrooms, peppers and stir fry them in olive oil, and then add hosin sauce or worchestershire sauce and soy sauce and serve over couscous or rice. very delicious.

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Sometimes I plan for leftovers. Ex, roast chicken becomes tacos or chicken salad or a enchilada casserole that I make that is loaded with veggies (and everyone eats - always key).

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I like to cook with a plan. Always have a plan on what I am going to do with the leftovers. It is always used for my husbands lunch. It may be used for part of another meal or goes into the freezer if we are heading out of town.
Cooking with leftovers is part of the fun of planning.

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Love this thread, it's given me a lot of good ideas! I like soups so I often make soups with leftovers, put single portions into containers for later. It's often hard to use up everything since it's only me now and I work most of the time.

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I usually make enough for two days as my schedule is so hectic at times. But a lot of the time I would make a whole chicken and wait 2 days to make chicken salad. or my favorite is to make a pasta dish and package it in portions for 3 days worth of food.

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I us fresh veggies that are loafed over and make a casserole.

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Two jars about 1/2 full speghetti sauce (why )? I took 3/4 onion, large hand full baby carrots, throw them in blender, sweated them in pan with very little evoo added one can dice tomatoes Extra vegs and enough sauce for unbreaded chicken Parmesan dinner a little healthier :)

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I sort of do the same with chicken. I buy a whole chicken, cut it up. Use the breast for chow
mein, legs and wings for shake n bake. Then the rest I use for chicken soup. I don't eat the shake n bake, thats for the kids and husband. I don't usually eat the same meal as the kids, they don't like the same foods as I do. The chicken soup usually last two days.

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I try to not have leftovers.

However, soup and stews count. Those make great lunches by themselves or with a salad or sandwich and if you put them in their own little 1 serving storage bowl, they are great to take to work.

Any other leftovers like a casserole I cannot avoid, we eat for lunches on the weekends. So I guess my policy is, eat it for lunch.

I am interested to see how creative other people get with leftovers though.

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I don't have a lot of leftovers that don't get eaten up...my husband works odd hours and I never know when he's there, so if there are leftovers for a quick meal, he's thrilled.
This weeks challenge for me is to hunt through my cookbook for an old standby recipe that needs a healthy makeover. I looked a bit last night-but got sidetracked playing the game of "Life" with my grandson and didn't find one yet. On my to-do list yet!
I also noticed that there are a lot of recipes in my book that I prob will never make so need to go through and redo that as well. My recipe book is a homemade ones with recipes I've collected over the years, typed into the computer and printed off into catergories like a normal cookbook.
The pages are in page protectors which was easily and is in a heavy 3 ring binder-I made one for my daughter a couple of years ago by also adding pictures next to some of the recipes of whom they were from. She loves it!

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I do the same thing. I'll make the veritable "Sunday Chicken" and use the sliced chicken breast with veggies on Monday, Shredded chicken stir-fry on Tuesday, boil the bones and remaining meat for chicken soup on Wednesday, etc.

Since I only cook for two I also usually portion out my meats ahead of time so I'm only taking out what I need. This allows me variety without waste or having huge portions to tempt me.

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I actually plan for leftovers. When I want chicken breast, I buy a whole chicken at abot $8 have a meat and potatoes dinner that night, a goolash the next night and then make soup out of the rest, or save the stock for later. I even save the wich bone for fun! America has too much waste and I just try to do my part. Plus, it is way more cost effective. That is three meals for $8! Totally awesome!

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I make a lot of soups with leftovers and then freeze them for easy meals.

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My husband loves leftovers and takes them in his lunch, which saves us money at the grocery store as well as keeping him out of the fast food drive-thru lines!

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Any and all leftover meat goes right into my lunch wrap, and any veggies are served again the next night. If there are leftover grains, they end up in a stir fry or being saved for stuffed peppers or stuffed squash. I do not enjoy leftovers, so I try to cook only enough for dinner and lunch.

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I love to take leftovers and make a big pot of soup with some warm bread...it is a great way to use this and that from leftovers and it taste even better the day after.



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Hey, Thanks, really never thought of that.

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I have re-discovered filo sheets. I used to make only spinach and feta triangles with them. Now I put a little leftover chicken and swiss, or even soup that I drain the liquid out of. Depending on how large or small you make them they can be appetizers or a main part of your meal. Let your imagination go free!

They can be dessert, too, by using fruit. Banana and dark chocolate chips are great!

I use cooking spray instead of the tradition butter.

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Sometimes casseroles come to mind along with salad. emoticon

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Hi gang! I like to make up extra whole grains, non flavored, to have "leftovers on purpose". They can be quickly added as a side dish, in a soup, salad or stir fry. Saves emoticon because whole grains take longer to cook than processed. Saves $$$ because they can be bought in bulk.


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Mine end up as a stir fry to go with the Friday night steak

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Vegetable leftovers end up in soup each Saturday, or omelete.

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My ways arent very creative as leftovers are usually the next day's lunch. In times when there are no left overs, I make a standard sandwich for my lunch from sliced turkey, romaine lettuce, avacado, and red or orange bell pepper.


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I HAVE A POT IN THE FRIG THAT I WEEKLY ADD BITS AND PIECES OF LEFT OVER TO, I ADD CHICKEN STOCK AND MAKE A SOUP AT THE END OF THE WEEK.




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these are all great suggestions, will read this board more often. thanks!

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I actually don't cook a lot so leftovers have not been an issue. So -- this weekend as I planned for the coming week -- I created leftovers. I bought a huge bag of frozen veggies and a rotisserie chicken and made a delicious dinner with those and other things in my kitchen. Instead of just cooking enough for tonight, I kept the pan out and threw pieces of shredded chicken, a bunch of veggies, and cooked quinoa together and made a stir fry with about a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. I now have 3 lunches ready for next week. There are a couple of servings of chicken left -- considering: Wrapped sandwiches with veggies & laughing cow cheese &/or some low-fat chicken quesadillas. Buying the rotisserie chicken is much easier than cooking the chicken on my own. :)

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When I plan my menu for the week, I plan on having extras and overlapping ingredients. If I'm making chili one night, I make a larger batch for nachos the next night, some weeks I can roll leftover nachos into a big taco salad and get three days of meals for the ingredients of one and a half, (I need to overhaul my Nacho recipe, there's still too much sodium in it) and if I have a recipe that takes only half an onion, I'll look for another that takes half also, or chop the whole thing and add some into eggs for breakfast the next day. I love the idea of freezing leftover veggies fortunately for me, my kids LOVE veggies so there usually aren't that many leftovers.

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Since I am comfortable with admitting I'm a lazy cook who lives alone now my girls have families of their own, I can admit that I cook enough meal portions to eat through the week, maybe three of four different recipes per week, and will alternate them, sometimes for dinner, sometimes lunch. At times I'll add a salad, other times will cook veggies. May not suit everyone, not having something completely different each night, but I enjoy it.

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Left over chicken is used in various ways, in a soup, pie made with a filo pastry topping or sometimes in a wrap or sandwich
Recipes for 4 people are cooked up and two portions frozen for another day.

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If the recipe is for 4 or 6 people I just cook the whole recipe and we have the left overs for lunch or I freeze it so we have a quick meal made if I don't want to cook one night.

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