People sometime go from a big family to a small family of one. Many times you may not know how to make a smaller version of what you have grown to love cooking. You may even make the larger dish in hopes to share it with friends and family. Wishing that you had more people in your house to help you eat your food maybe a reason why you cook more than you need. Taking lunch to work to save money might be your reason, while just plain old loving to cook might be good enough. Anyway knowing what to do with the food you have leftover will make your life a little easier. Do invite guest over from time to time for dinner, and offer to send home leftovers. Freeze a plate for a rainy day when you want your own comfort food instead of eating out. Separate the food after you cook it to give to family while it’s fresh. Skip a day and eat the same meal which by now would appear to be tastier, or pack it for lunch the next day.
I like to re-invent leftovers, for instance make turkey salad and turkey soup or potpie out of Thanksgiving turkey. That way I get to use the extra pie crust that I did not use. French toast is made out of any leftover rolls or bread with the rest of the eggnog. Nothing goes to waste, and a plate of Thanksgiving the second time is just as good a week later after being frozen. I look at it as a TV dinner, only better. Cooked plain rice makes hot rice cereal for breakfast the next day. You could also make a fried rice dish using any meat or seafood of choice. Fried rice is best made with cold rice.
Holiday gatherings, parties and even BBQ's yield great leftovers. I make what I call a leftover roll bread pudding made from the extra hot dog and hamburger rolls. This would be a good time to use up any raisins, coconut or nuts that might be left in the fridge. The hamburger rolls make good French toast, while the hot dog rolls make good garlic bread to go with any meal. Try not to keep all the food for yourself especially if you know that you’re not going to eat it. Sharing food is a good thing, and it also helps to keep your waistline down. We are all guilty of gluttony, so let’s not eat it all in one day and share it, re-invent it or store it away for another day.