Picture this, you just finished cooking an elaborate meal of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables and a salad for your significant other and two children expecting to have a delightful dinner in an hour. However little do you realize your partner had a late lunch and is not very hungry, and your eldest daughter went out with a group of friends to eat then to study for a final leaving just you and your son with all that cooked food.
At this point you’re probably wondering what should you do with all those leftovers.
Unfortunately these situations do arise even when you have the best intentions in mind. Nevertheless before either eating too much food because there’s so much, giving it to the dog, or throwing it all out, there are other decisions you can make to turn this whole ordeal completely around.
Here’s What You Should Do With All Those Leftovers
First things first, try not to get in the bad habit of eating too much just because there is a lot of extra food leftover. You don’t want this turn of events to have a negative effect on you. In this case the negative effect will be weight gain and that’s likely the last thing you want to happen.
Instead of trying to eat as much as possible or tossing that wonderful food in the trash, let’s see if we can make a better decision what to do with all this extra food.
First thing is you should not view this food as a nuisance or bad thing. Quite the contrary. Think of leftover food as a door that opens up additional options for you and your family.
One of the first ideas you should think of is if there’s enough food leftover you can use that for dinner the next day. It can be served in the exact same manner, or you can change it up a bit by making a slight alteration.
Using the meatloaf meal listed above as an example, if you don’t want to serve the meal as you had originally intended, you can make a meatloaf bowl. Simply dice up the meat, add a spoonful or two of mashed potatoes, a bit of vegetables, and even add a couple spoonfuls of pinto beans. Presto. A meatloaf bowl that’s comparable to the chicken bowls you can buy at El Pollo Loco. The only additional item used was a $1.50 can of pinto beans.
You could even make meatloaf melts using either whole wheat bread or tortillas. Cut thin slices of meatloaf, add a layer of mashed potatoes, and top with shredded cheese. Cover and cook like a grilled cheese sandwich or quesadilla.
Think outside the box and you may be quite surprised at what you can conjure up. If you or your family don’t feel like having this leftover food for dinner the following night, or if plans have already been made, another great option you should consider is packing the food into small plastic containers to be used for travel lunches when away from home.
This is a fantastic way to save money since you won’t have to go out and buy a fattening fast food meal. You will also have complete control over the portion size which is crucial for those conscious of their daily calorie intake. Best yet, you can freeze these plastic containers for about two months and just pull them out when you’re ready to use. Be sure to label the outside of the container with the contents and the date so you know when it was put in the freezer.
Hopefully you keep these tips in mind the next time you are wondering what to do with all those leftovers. Regardless of the reason why that food is still around, find a positive way to put this food to good use and you will be making a healthy choice for you and the others in your family.
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