• Jena

Leftovers? What are those?

Have you guys ever noticed that when I plan a menu, I actually have something different EVERY night of the week?

It’s not because we don’t like leftovers. We just don’t get enough leftovers out of any meal for another one unless I cook a turkey or ham or enough casserole for the Rockford Rescue Mission.

I’m just saying.

Tonight I made two entire chickens. There are five small pieces left, and that’s because I had 3 filling side dishes.

This week four loaves of bread were made on Wednesday, I was actually surprised to find anything left by Thursday night.

If we buy apples, I usually buy 3 big bags which lasts us through the weekend (if I buy them on Friday)

Cheese? the 10 pound bag is a nice size.

Beans? I always cook the entire bag.

Rice? I make 3 dried cups with 6 cups of water.

Salsa? one quart jar a week.

pancakes? triple batch for one meal

Eggs? 3 cartons of 18 each/ a week

Milk? only one gallon. I don’t encourage kids to drink milk–just for cooking/ cereal.

Juice? juice is a luxury. I only usually have it for guests because my mother in law says, “A morning without orange juice is like a morning without sunshine” whatEVER. I guess that means guests expect juice. My kids drink water in the morning. How primitive.

Dried cereal? No. expensive and a whole box doesn’t even cover the morning rush. Not worth it. Sometimes grandma shows up with it, so they eat it then.

Convenience foods? not much. not healthy/ not cost effective usually. I do try to have some cake mixes on hand for potlucks and guests. I also love pre-made crackers and pretzels..

BUT, when we did have a smaller appetite family,

I loved doing things like this:

Once a Month Cooking. I remember thinking how BIG the dishes were!

There are several good posts up these days for reusing leftovers. At this point, I can not imagine having leftovers from a potroast or a package of chicken. But I know there’s a few of you out there who may love this kind of stuff:

Getting several meals out of a cooking session


Keeper of the Home

four meals in four minutes (this is some sort of MLM)

(I can not imagine those small bags even making ONE meal, let alone two.. but in 10 years, I’ll revisit that idea)

2 hours to prepare meals for weight loss (for a single person, but you get the idea)

Hope this gets you inspired.

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