Harnessing the power of leftovers

In a previous post, I talked about using a standing menu. In thinking about this approach to feeding my family and staying within a low grocery budget, I realized that eating left overs and designating left-over days on our menu forces us to forage in the refrigerator and cupboard for foods to add to the leftovers to make it interesting.

When you harness the power of leftovers, you end up throwing away or wasting very little food, which in essence saves you even more money. It also teaches your children the value of food and that its okay to save food, eat leftovers, and use things up.

I am sure there are many adults and kids who would turn their nose up at the idea of eating leftovers, but this is a silly and wasteful approach to life. When kids know how to use, and extend the life of their food, they develop skills and knowledge that will serve them well in their life. They will be the kids who don’t run out of points on their college meal plans. They will be the kids who know how to eat well on a budget. They will be the person in their group of friends that know how to make an awesome meal from scraps when all the roommates are broke. They are developing life skills just by participating in this very benign family value.

How cool is that?!

8 thoughts on “Harnessing the power of leftovers

  1. Caitlin says:

    Leftovers have always been one of my favorite foods. I just think things often taste better after the flavors have had time to get to know one another. My daughter doesn’t seem to mind them either. I always make double recipes for dinner so that we all take it for lunch the next day. Sadly, during pregnancy, I am struggling to embrace my leftovers with my typical enthusiasm. I’m not sure why, but leftover food is MUCH less appealing this pregnancy.

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    • mrsmotherdirt says:

      Oooo! I love to make big batches! And I know how you feel in pregnancy…all bets are off. For me, grocery shopping was the worst because everything repulsed me OR all I wanted to buy was whatever I was craving in the moment. My poor family…. πŸ™‚

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  2. Claudette says:

    Yes. This. Also, I cook in such a way to have leftovers on purpose. Because I have to feed people lunches in thermoses the next day (school, work) and they prefer hot food over sandwiches.

    My only problem is that my family, all avid readers, are incapable of reading labels on leftover containers in the fridge. πŸ˜›

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  3. NorCal Zen says:

    It is very cool, no food goes to waste here. We always use leftovers. It’s very rare that something gets too old, and if it does, it goes into the compost, that feeds my garden, that feeds us, so the circle goes round and round πŸ™‚

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