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.
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