Thursday, May 03, 2012

How Our Family Deals with Leftovers

I'm joining the Smockity Frocks, Raising Olives, The Common Room and Life in a Shoe in answering another one of their great Large Family questions today.

You might consider our family of seven large or you might laugh at me while you fold laundry for your 11 kids. Either way, I'd say more people consider us a large family than not. So I'll go ahead and throw my two cents in on the topic of what to do with leftovers.

First off, I'm still figuring out how to make the right amount of food for our family. My boys are suddenly growing, growing, growing which means lots of eating, eating, eating. I've recently gone from not making enough food and having to cut up a few apples after each meal to fill them up on to making super large meals and having leftovers for the first time ever.

So, this is what we do with leftovers:

  • Mr. Ordinary takes some for lunch the next day. This is also a great money saver since he doesn't have to buy lunch. (I pack him a breakfast too, since he leaves so early. But that's a post for another day.)
  • We eat the leftovers for lunch the next day at home. If there isn't quite enough to go around, I bulk the meal up with plenty of fresh fruits and veggies.
And that's about it. Food doesn't last long around here with all these boys. And that's good, because I only have one 9x13 casserole dish!

While I'm at it, I'll go ahead and tell you a few of our favorites that make for great leftovers:

  • homemade soup (avoid spills by putting a big chunk of bread in the container with the soup)
  • pasta bake/lasagna
  • chicken and rice
  • meatballs and potato wedges
How do you deal with leftovers at your house?


FarmWife said...

Husband always takes leftovers in his lunch and we tend to eat on them all week. Since it's just the two of us + Bitsy during the week I always cook too much, but we live on leftovers.

I'm not sure the 3 older FarmHands know what freshly made food tastes like. :)

Penny said...

since there are only 2 of us, I actually include the leftovers of a meal as part of the menu for later in the week..I'm a menu maker, even for the 2 of us...a 9x13 casserole is a huge amount of food for us, but we both love casseroles, so I will make one on Sunday evening, we will eat it again on Tuesday and we will take as a lunch on out great especially on weeks we have Bible study...