Crazy days ahead of and behind me. I'm feeling rather like crap, but trying to still balance work and home life plus extra rounds to the clinic for blood draws, pre-op physical and an oh so much fun, additional pelvic exam yesterday. My colleagues, boss, family and friends though are gems. No one is expecting anything, jumping in helping where they can.One thing that has been very helpful has been a fridge and freezer full of portions of this and that for quick and hearty lunches and dinners. I will never understand some peoples loathing of left overs. Granted, there are some foods that don't reheat well, but thinking ahead to how the remainders are stored, can alleviate the reheating issues. I think many foods actually taste better in a leftover state.
This is the state of my refrigerator right now. It isn't quite as bad as it looks as there is an excess of cans and bottles of beer, water, and soda taking up space, so I have things just sort of hanging around on shelves. Still, it needs a good clear, but first, we will make our ways through the leftovers this week for dinner.
I got home early Monday after another clinic visit and finished my work day from home. I could do double duty, making a big goulash hot dish for dinner while working before DD had to be back to school for show choir practice, This yielded dinner for the three of us, plus two generous portions of leftovers. Goulash is one of those foods that are better the next day. DH ate one Tuesday for lunch, DD for supper. I wasn't feeling too well after my exam yesterday, so along with her leftovers, DD made the remaining five from a box of mozzarella bread sticks, and I ate one of those. DH ate the remaining three with a leftover piece of chicken that was in the freezer from a while back. Tonight will be diners choice soup from the soup swap, with some open faced toasted cheese, using up the crusts from two different loaves of bread-the best, and remnants of multiple packages of the bargain cheese. There should still be a couple portions of soup or chili for DH and I 's Thursday lunch. The macaroni that didn't go in the goulash will be mixed with some leftover black beans thrown in the freezer after fajita's form a week or so back, tomatoes, and corn for a pasta salad, or if I add some plain yogurt and cheese, maybe baked into a vegetarian hot dish for tomorrow.
It drives DH crazy, but I save all the little plastic tubs and jars from food products. The plastics are perfect for leftovers that will be tossed into the freezer, and then into my lunch bag; I just write the contents and date with a Sharpie. I like the glass jars for things that I know will be eaten in a day or two, as I can easily see what's in what. I don't hoard so once they've done their duty, they get recycled. I love pasta sauce and pickle jars for storing rice, popcorn, and dry beans. Who needs those expensive kitchen storage containers.
I'm holding strong to meet the $250 grocery challenge (not counting Thanksgiving extra's). Managing leftovers is not just how I try and mange my food bill, but also my sanity on busy days. My friends have talked about a hotdish swap, or even a leftovers swap. What are your thoughts on other peoples leftovers? What's your verdict on leftovers? Do your other humans accept or reject leftovers?