Dealing With Leftovers


One of the most challenging things of cooking for two is how to deal with the leftovers. I imagine it's a challenge for almost any sized family, but for us there are always plenty of leftovers. In the past I would either just put them in a large container or cover the dish with foil and into the fridge they would go. Of course I never ever wanted to dig them out to make a leftover meal so they usually sat there lonely never to be eaten. I always meant to, but I was just too lazy. Honestly, it is a hassle to pull out all those container and dishes, unwrap them and put them back. Okay, now that I said that it's not really that much of a hassle. Let's go back to lazy.

Needless to say a lot of good food went to waste. That's really a shame since so much work and love went into making them in the first place. When I met Joey all that changed. My little Teddy is very frugal on the food front. Not that we skimp or go without, we just do not waste anything! One of the first things he taught me was to package up my leftovers during after dinner clean up in individual serving sizes using that ever practical GladWare. These not only make things more practical for reheating but they stack much more nicely in the refrigerator. After each meal I neatly pack them up and every morning take one to work. So easy, so convenient and so yummy! Not to mention we are really saving a ton of money by eating our own food and not going out. It's also much more healthy for us.

I have never been one to pack up a lunch in the morning, but having these pre-made lunches really makes it a cinch. Whether it's a fancy meal or just tuna casserole I always know Joey and I have our lunches for the week. Oh, and it's also great for soups! Just pop them in the freezer for easy travel.

4 comments:

Sheliza April 21, 2009 at 6:36 AM  

There you go! Smart idea especially food for two. It makes sense ;)

Becky Christiansen April 21, 2009 at 7:04 AM  

Thank you! I just want to hit my forehead and say "DUH!" I am going to do this...TODAY. I am so tired of the mess in my fridge and yummy dinners that never get eaten up. Watch out Christiansen family...mom's on a mission! Thanks Sean (and Joey)! Becky

Colin April 21, 2009 at 7:04 AM  

You want a challenge? Try cooking for *one* without wasting any food! This is a great idea, Sean (and Joey), and since Gladware has finally come to Japan (ironing boards with legs longer than 2 inches are still too much of an alien concept here, but one thing at a time!), I now have no excuse not to eat healthy lunches. Thank you!

Sean April 21, 2009 at 4:33 PM  

Thanks to Joey big time for this one. Yes, it's so obvious but it never occurred to me, either. Now it's second nature.

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Joey and I are just a couple of guys living in San Francisco. I love cooking and we both like trying new things. Planning our meals is one of our "together" things. I hope you enjoy our blog! - Sean

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This blog is dedicated to the two most important people in my life - my mom, Ernee Jean O'Brien, and my partner Joey Concepcion. They both have showered me with unconditional support and love and have always encouraged me to be myself. I will always miss my mom and I don't know what I would do without Joey.

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