Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Leftovers ~ Yay or Nay


Food is not a temptation or an invitation to gluttony; it is a way to taste and see that God, our Creator and Provider, is good. ~Rachel Marie Stone



Isn't this a wonderful quote?!

When I was growing up, we only had leftovers when my father was on a business trip.  He did not care for leftovers.  He was a meat and potatoes kind of guy.  He didn't care for casseroles either and so those were saved for while he was away.

My mother had a wonderful gift for making delicious leftovers.  She referred to the leftovers as "train wreck".  She'd put everything in a pot, add spices, and serve dinner with a smile.

Waste not, Want not.  That was a common mindset in our home.

My husband is not a fussy eater.  He doesn't mind leftovers and neither do I. Our children grew up eating occasional leftovers.  I can't imagine purposely throwing out food.  I always feel badly when fruit or vegetables spoil before we get a chance to eat them.

What are your favorite leftovers?

20 comments:

  1. My favorite leftovers are anything that is tomato based because it seems the longer it sets the better it gets. Also, dried beans cooked with some sort of pork seem to be the same way.

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    1. Dianna, I am wishing I had some spaghetti - leftover or not!

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  2. Hi Gina!

    I have to admit that I don't love leftovers like Bob...he eats them everyday. There are some things I love leftover, like pizza, pasta, baked potatoes (to make home-fries)and soups and stews. I love making things stretch, like a baked chicken which will give us at least 4 meals. I'm frugal, so I don't like to waste food. We live 5 miles from the grocery store, so we try to be careful with what we have. What a fun post, I love to read about other peoples life-styles!! XOXO

    Hugs and Love,
    Barb

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    1. Barb, I hear you! Where we live now, it's 7 miles to the nearest grocery store. I usually go once a week or maybe two if we are out for the weekend. How do you make home fries from baked potatoes? Inquiring minds want to know!! xo

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  3. We still have a full house so we don't have many leftovers. At least not enough to feed the whole family again. Most of the time it's just a little bit and I'm usually the one to warm it up and eat it for lunch the next day.
    xx Beca

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    1. Becca, When the children were little (4 of them) there weren't many leftovers either. My husband sometimes would take them to work if they were available.

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  4. Shepherds pie is a favorite leftover dish of ours.
    We too have never been wasters of food. If I have to freeze leftovers to use another day, in a different dish, then that's what I do.
    As we are empty nesters, it's easy to have leftovers, as I am still learning to cook for just the two of us.
    We really don't like eating the same dish day after day though, so I try to use leftovers in a creative way; something different than the original dish :)

    Have a happy day.
    ~K.

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    1. Kerin, oh I understand learning how to cook for fewer people. I'm getting better at it but it has been a learning curve for sure! I love shepherds pie!

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  5. Love leftovers! It means there is one less meal to cook for my husband. Yes, husband! He is the cook in this household.

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    1. Nice, Robin! Can I borrow him? (just kidding) :-)

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    1. Hi Regine. Nice to meet you. Thank you for visiting and commenting too! I agree!!

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  7. I like leftovers for lunch most days. However my daddy did not like leftovers so Mother always made something new each evening. I think it was because he was a child of the depression.

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    1. Arlene, maybe that is why my dad didn't either. He was from Kentucky originally. Maybe it's a Southern thing?

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  8. Pasta holds up well as a leftover. And some casseroles. I'm not that fond of leftover meat, although we just had leftover pork tenderloin for lunch today. But in a pot pie or something it works. Leftover veggies are usually not great.

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    1. Jeanie, I'm with you on leftover meat. It just isn't the same. I do love pot pies though!

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  9. We always had leftovers growing up, but didn't last long, we had a big family. We had a lot of meat and potato, vegetable days. I do the same for us but try to have a mix of other type meals. I do notice that I lose the most weight when we have meat and potatoes compared to anything with pasta ect. I am not much of a casserole eater, never really cared for them, hubby likes them all right but he just eats whatever I put in front of him :)

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    1. Connie, your husband is my kind of guy. If it's hot and plenty of it - it's all good! :-)

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  10. My favorite leftovers are stir-fry meat and veggies with brown rice

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