I got a reminder of that yesterday – just in case I needed one.
That left us with enough to feed the two of us for an entire week. Now, I love leftovers and plan for them every meal I cook, but this is a bit much even for a Frugal Fanny like me.
But I knew I didn't have to subject myself to eating the whole pot every day that week. I simply opted to divide it into food storage containers in meal or portion sizes.
Some of it I would have put aside in the refrigerator for later meals in the week, and some I would have put in the freezer, clearly labeled and dated, ready to grab as a quick dinner or workplace lunch at some future time.
Reheated in the microwave in a covered microwave-safe container, it’ll be ready in minutes, and I'll be delighted that I have it available.
Just add a fresh, tossed salad - which I recommend as an accompaniment for every dinner meal - and maybe a fresh loaf of whole grain bread, and you have a pretty darned good meal in no time at all.
It has the added bonus of helping you stay cool in hot weather when you simply do not want to stand and cook over a hot stove. Just pop the leftovers, covered, in the microwave for a few minutes, and the meal is ready.
Planning for leftovers, or having some in the freezer for "emergencies", is also much cheaper (and generally far healthier) than resorting to that budget-busting alternative of take-out or a sit-down restaurant meal during a heat wave, or on those days when you simply get home too late to cook, or maybe just don't feel up to the task because you're extra exhausted or unwell.
It's definitely a habit that's good for your stress level and your pocketbook.
Go ahead and give it a try the next time you cook. You'll be glad you did.