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Some of us who still have time to cook  sometimes have left overs  left in their refrigerator  . So why not  make  one night of the week left over night mind you it's  ov
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Left Over For Dinner?

posted at 10/10/2010 5:05 PM EDT
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Some of us who still have time to cook  sometimes have left overs  left in their refrigerator  .
So why not  make  one night of the week left over night mind you it's  over 3 days old .
It's good excuse  for cleaning out the refrigerator  every week and starting fresh ?

Re: Left Over For Dinner?

posted at 10/10/2010 6:01 PM EDT
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We have left overs often.  The economy is bad and I can not tolerate wasting anything, especially food.

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posted at 10/12/2010 7:43 PM EDT
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Besides having a "leftover night", why not use leftovers when preparing lunch for the following day.  A lot of meals (both hot or cold) can be packed for "lunch to go" or most definitely for eating at home.  I try to avoid any type of waste, so I make sure to use my leftovers within a day or so, or I freeze them for future meals.  Many times, I actually make extra so that I will have leftovers--for additional meals during the week or for freezing.  Being able to pull a homecooked meal from the freezer instead of needing to rely on "pre-packaged or fast" food is both convenient and economical.

Re: Left Over For Dinner?

posted at 10/13/2010 10:27 PM EDT
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When ever we have leftovers, we either use them the next day or I freeze them for future meals.  Also, I try to overcook so that I can freeze the extras to put in the freezer for future quick home made meals.  It also saves money by purchasing in quantity.  You get a better price if you purchase the large packages of chicken, etc.

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posted at 10/15/2010 1:54 PM EDT
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Good Idea  I'll have  to start doing that especially  with left overs like spaghetti  . Instead of throwing it away after 3 days .
Thanks Marie F.

Re: Left Over For Dinner?

posted at 10/20/2010 7:10 AM EDT
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I always have leftovers,but I usually do this on purpose with certain things.Meatloaf makes great sandwiches the next day.Leftover chicken becomes tomorrows chicken salad.Leftover chili,chili dogs.Left over spagetti sauce and meatballs.Meatball sandwiches add cheese and mild banana peppers on hoagie rolls.My husband lost 55 pounds in 3 months eating leftovers and staying away from fast food restaurants.

Re: Left Over For Dinner?

posted at 11/9/2010 7:00 AM EST
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Leftovers are not easy to pass on to some family members. I have been fortunate to have a husband who does not mind eating leftovers. I love to make my own soups and quite often can use leftover vegetables as an addition to the soup.

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posted at 11/9/2010 7:23 AM EST
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We usually cook enough intentionally for leftovers - whether it be for the next evening or lunch the next day.  You can be very creative in making a dish that wasn't the same, yet uses the leftovers - and it always tastes wonderful.  And the cost savings tops the cake!!

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posted at 11/9/2010 7:36 AM EST
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I always dump any/all left over veggies into  the quart jar in the freezer.  It develops layers of assorted veggies ready to be added to almost any soup I'm making.

Re: Left Over For Dinner?

posted at 11/9/2010 7:48 AM EST
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We do this all the time!!!  Some times we have a regular buffet going!! Now that we are empty nesters there are always leftovers!!

Re: Left Over For Dinner?

posted at 11/9/2010 8:03 AM EST
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I was brought on leftovers we did not have a lot of money so mom would do what she called clean out the refrigerator night which usually on Saturday night.  Now that I am married I take leftovers for lunch the next day it gives me a hot meal for lunch instead of sandwiches all the time.

Re: Left Over For Dinner?

posted at 11/9/2010 8:11 AM EST
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Lots of food is better after sitting. Chile is better, to me, after being frozen and re-heated.

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posted at 11/9/2010 9:37 AM EST
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  I agree food should not be wasted.  Since there are just the two of us. it's either cook only small amounts or end up with leftovers.  Some times it's a challenge to use the leftovers.  Thank goodness for ziplok freezer bags and containers.  Some containers can go from freezer to microwave to table.  Mary Ann S.

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posted at 11/9/2010 9:44 AM EST
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We love leftovers too! Some foods like soups just seem to taste better the next day. I also hate to  waste food and love to see how creative I can get. DH doesn't care much for my creativity at times!

Re: Left Over For Dinner?

posted at 11/9/2010 10:43 AM EST
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We have a leftover night once a week.  This way we use everything and don't have to throw it out. 

Re: Left Over For Dinner?

posted at 11/11/2010 6:58 PM EST
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I just made some homemade Chilli Monday I have to try that .  "Waste not want not " , if you don't waste it then you won't want it
later , because you can't get it back .Smile

Re: Left Over For Dinner?

posted at 11/11/2010 11:23 PM EST
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Trying to cook for two with no leftovers is not just difficult, it's almost impossible.  Since we usually have leftovers of anything I cook, I try to serve one leftover, say meat, with a new side dish.  At least that way it isn't all left-over lol.  And just think folks, pretty soon we'll all have lots of leftovers from Thanksgiving!  Happy eating everyone!

Re: Left Over For Dinner?

posted at 11/11/2010 11:33 PM EST
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We rarely have leftovers, but do have alot of planned overs now that the kids are gone. I use pasta for pasta salad for me & baked pasta for hubby, chili for chili dogs for him and on a baked potato for me (with s little cheese melted on top) or on a plate of tortilla chips with cheese & sour cream on top(this is another dinner), any peas, carrots, corn or green beans can be added to soup (even if it is canned) & even add a little pasta to make it more filling. Extra chicken can be used a day or 2 later with the spaghetti you have left, cut in small pieces & bake with cheese, add a salad & there is another meal. You take the time to cook a meal so just cook more & plan ahead to use the extra.

Re: Left Over For Dinner?

posted at 12/17/2010 8:43 PM EST
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Well If I have left over vegetables like beans , corn,  baked beans , etc. I usually use for the next cooked  supper   with  a different
meat as the main course , that way they don't go to waste  if used within the next two  days of opening and sit there and sour  and
mold because they get pushed to the back of the  refrigerator . "Waste Not Want Not " in this economy .

Re: Left Over For Dinner?

posted at 1/27/2011 9:06 AM EST
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Having leftovers once or twice is fine.  Sometimes I've added too much to stretch the amount of leftovers and end up having leftovers of leftovers.
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