Leftovers

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Do you enjoy leftovers? Do you just eat them because you don't want to waste food? Are there things that are better the next day?

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Stifler's - posted on 10/12/2010

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I make fritters out of leftover corned meat with a can of corn an onion an egg flour milk salt pepper and cayenne pepper. or leftover roast beef. I pull the res tof the chicken off and make white sauce and pasta and bake it in the over with cheese on top too. but that's about it, the rest goes on sandwiches or just bake more veggies and make more gravy and have roast 2 nights.

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I prefer Chinese food leftover the next day (or in the middle of the night) and I enjoy it better cold. Everyone thinks I'm nuts.

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LaCi - posted on 10/14/2010

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certain pizzas are better the next day. chili and soups are always better the next day (and subsequent days, I make huge batches freeze some and cool some). Most of the time I save left overs. I'll eat whatever it is for lunch the next day, or give it to nico.

Bonnie - posted on 10/13/2010

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My household/family loves leftovers, but certain things I can't stand to eat as leftovers. I also hate to waste food if I don't have to, so if it is something I can tolerate as a leftover I will eat it within 2 or 3 days otherwise it gets tossed out. Plus, leftovers make quick and easy lunches for the next day :-)

C. - posted on 10/13/2010

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It depends on what the leftovers are.. There are some things I don't like to eat after they've been put in the refrigerator (french fries, chicken nuggets.. Stuff like that). But the majority of the time, I hate to waste food b/c we're on a budget. So if it's still palatable, we eat it.

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I have an amazing Black Bean Quinoa Salad recipe. SO delicious - you wouldn't even know it's a diabetic recipe.

Jodi - posted on 10/13/2010

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Hahaha, Dana. Try getting my hubby to eat anything different!!! Seriously, he is a pain in the arse as a diabetic, he is SOOOOO fussy. I FINALLY have him eating salads...it's only taken me 7 years of marriage. I do use quinoa when I think I can get away with it.

He can eat rice, and we have couscous too, but I just have to limit the amount, depending on the meal. But if he doesn't get ENOUGH carbohydrates, he bottoms out, so it's been interesting finding the balance. But honestly, 6 months after diagnosis, we have it totally under control, so I'm not pushing the fussy eater thing.

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We like to take leftover baked chicken and make a soup or stew out of it the next day. We take steaks and slice them up really thin and nuke them in bbq sauce for steak sandwiches up to 2 or 3 days after it's cooked (I always freeze my leftovers). I know there's more, but I can't think of them now... I'll be back! ;)

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Jodi, do you eat a lot of quinoa, bulgur etc.? They're great for a diabetic diet and they can replace your typical grains.

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I'll eat leftovers but I'm a bit weary of chicken. We often make too much (not on purpose, we're just useless at estimating amounts) and I have it the next day for lunch. There's a pizza here, Mordor from Hell Pizza, that is SO much better the next day reheated. Mmmm...pizza.

I don't like to wait too long between eating it though. Next day, fine. The day after that? Probably fine. But the day after that? Ick. I have a thing about best before dates too. Drives my husband crazy because I throw "Perfectly good food" away. I will only drink milk one day over its expiry and even then I'm partly retching inside. LOL

Stifler's - posted on 10/13/2010

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Lol Tara because half the time they've drowned it in sauce or cut a tiny bit off and left the rest.

Jodi - posted on 10/13/2010

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Leftover steamed rice can become GREAT fried rice!!! We don't eat rice very often, because it isn't good for my hubby's diabetes (except in VERY small portions, and only really the Basmati), but when we do, we always have leftovers, and I use it to put together a fried rice.

Tara - posted on 10/13/2010

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Mmmm... let's see lasagna is better the next day, stew, homemade soup, spaghetti sauce actually most sauces are better after a day or two. I like left over turkey sandwiches better than turkey dinner.
Some things I won't eat left over are rice, steak or pork chops, baked potatoes, anything fried and anything that came off of someone's plate. I will eat stuff off the kids plates at the table, not often and not everything but some things yes. But I will not eat left overs from their plates, not sure why but that's my rule.
:)Tara

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I enjoy eating leftovers. Sometimes we put them in the fridge until the next day, or we freeze them for later in the week/month =] I do it because I don't like wasting food, and it's done far too often! With the amount of food wasted in the more developed world, you could probably feed all the starving people in Africa etc!

Joanna - posted on 10/11/2010

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My dad is a health inspector, so I grew up being very wary of food. Everything has to be cooked well-done, only eat things after being opened a certain number of days, etc etc. But I'm even MORE anal about them than he ever taught us to be.

I can't drink milk if the carton has been open for more than 2 days, and I won't use it for cereal if it's been open for more than 3 (I will use it after that for cooking only).

The only foods I will eat leftovers of is: pizza, sausage (I like it cold), desserts like pie/cheesecake, and my homemade baked mac and cheese, and even then I will only eat them the day after I made them.

My husband however, LOVES leftovers. So I leave them to him. That way some nights he can have leftovers and I'll make myself something that I love and he doesn't, or else just make myself a sandwich.

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Hubby and I don't cook that much so when we do we intentionally make plenty for leftovers. We eat whatever we can find in the fridge or the cupboards. We cook mostly on the weekends since we work Sunday-Thursday, and so we take leftovers to work with us for lunch or make sandwiches.

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When I make homemade soup I amke enough for 2 nights just so I know i don't have to cook the next night! :)

We also save steaks for sliced sandwiches and such... SUPER yummy heated up on a roll with bbq sauce!

We save all our leftovers (whatever is left - at our kids' ages we don't have a lot of leftovers!) and sometimes they get eaten, while sometimes they don't. It's hit and miss with anything other than homemade soup or steak...

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I don't LIKE to eat leftovers but I will. Some things, I don't mind....like casseroles, pizza, lasagna's always better the next day. I'm just really glad that my husband doesn't mind leftovers and he usually takes them to work for lunch lol And honestly, I don't know why but I just don't like eating leftovers. When I was young and stupid I would refuse to eat them and me and the ex used to throw away a lot of food. Now that I'm a little older and way more budget savvy, I eat them because I feel like if I don't, I may as well just literally throw money into the garbage.

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I'll eat left overs but once its more then 48 hours old I won't. Except for spaghetti, home made chicken noodle soup, chicken and dumplings, and chili. I think all of those are better the next day.

Lyndsay - posted on 10/11/2010

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I rarely ever eat leftovers. My son and husband devour everything thats left but for me, once it goes in the fridge its no good. Well, unless its something like shepherds pie that I slaved over for hours and I want to thoroughly enjoy my effots.

Sherri - posted on 10/11/2010

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No hate leftovers. We very rarely if ever it leftovers. I always only cook for what we will eat that day because everyone in the house hates leftovers so much they rot in the fridge.

Desiree - posted on 10/11/2010

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Let see, Curry's, stews, pizza, KFC, roasts chicken and beef, bobotie are all great the next day.

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If theres food left over, we usually save it and we'll have it the next day for lunch. I usually eat the leftovers, but if its something I'm not in the mood for - my husband takes it with him to school.

Sal - posted on 10/10/2010

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today for lunch we had risotto cakes (fritters) out of last nights left overs (i even made bread crumbs out of left over crust)...they were great and the kids loved them....i do try and eat left overs, but have to force my self, my hubby does a lot of night shifts so i tend to serve a meal extra in a tupperwear for him, then it isn't left overs it's johns dinner and i don;t have to rush and get it ready before he goes to work, i also tend to give the little ones dinner pretty early, and they usually have what we had last night tonight (if that makes sence). I do also have dogs a cat and chooks so even what i do throw out isn't really wasted, as i then don't have to worry about as much bought pet food (i save the kids scraps in the fridge until there is enough for a nights meal)

Stifler's - posted on 10/10/2010

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I liked to eat leftover chocolate self saucing pudding cold for breakfast.

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I eat leftovers for all of the above reasons. Yesterday's cold curry and rice is best for breakfast. Cold pizza is good too.

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I love leftovers. As long as it isn't crawling out the fridge. Though I doubt that one day old food goes off. I eat them because I hate wasting, and mostly because I like eating. Nom nom nom :3

Jane - posted on 10/10/2010

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I've learned to cook, for the most part, where we don't have any leftovers because I'm not a big fan of them with the exception of the following: Thanksgiving dinner...soooo good the next day. Chili, my husbands homemade chicken soup and eggplant parmesian (homemade by me). IF there are leftovers other than that, my mom lives in an attached apartment to our house and I send them up to her...she LOVES them :)

Jodi - posted on 10/10/2010

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Wow, Lindsay, I couldn't even comprehend wasting that sort of food!!! I just think of all the people in the world who have nothing, and I always feel guilty throwing out leftovers.....

Johnny - posted on 10/10/2010

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Does anyone else have a "food runners" program in their city? Here, we have a set up where uneaten, unserved foods are picked up from restaurants and either "recreated" into a meal or just served as is to the poor & homeless. When I worked at the mission, we'd have lunch with our clients and I ate some of the most amazing tasting leftovers. It really saddens me to think that good quality, edible food goes to waste. Obviously there's times when that last bit of leftover casserole doesn't get finished, but to throw things out without even giving it a second thought? Yikes!

Lindsay - posted on 10/10/2010

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I grew up eating leftovers so it's second nature to me. When Josh and I started dating, I couldn't believe the amount of food wasted in his parents' house. He thought it was very abnormal to save leftovers and reheat it the next day because he'd never done that. I'll never forget going over there for Thanksgiving the first time to see half eaten turkey, ham, all the veggies and pies (with maybe two slices cut out of it) thrown in the trashcan. I was floored and even offered to help wrap it up and put it in the fridge. His mom just said it was no use, it wouldn't get eaten! =o



Anyway, I introduced to Josh to the great thing that is leftovers! lol I usually will cook 2 nights, we will save however much or little is left. Then the 3rd night, we pull it all out and everyone has a mix-match of whatever they want. If there's anything left after that, we go on and throw it out.

Dana - posted on 10/10/2010

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My mother always kept a Tupperware container in the freezer and would add any left over vegetables, when it got full she would make stew.

Stifler's - posted on 10/10/2010

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I mainly do it because it's easy to cook one night and warm the leftovers up in the microwave the next night or make fritters out of it.

Krista - posted on 10/10/2010

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Anything mixed, like stews or soups or casseroles, are ALWAYS better the next day. I make a really kickass lasagna, and while it's good when fresh out of the oven, it's incredible the next day, when everything has had a chance to really settle together and blend. It's just richer and creamier and has a lot more depth to it.

And I don't like KFC when it's fresh and hot. I like it cold the next day. :)

Dana - posted on 10/10/2010

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Jenny, stew is at it's best when it's a day old! And let me just say how jealous I am of all you Canadians with your left over turkey sandwiches tomorrow. :P

Jodi - posted on 10/10/2010

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Jenny, thank you, you just reminded me to get the meat out of the freezer to thaw for dinner :)

Kimberly - posted on 10/10/2010

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I usually try to only cook enough for 2 people, so I rarely have leftovers. Sometimes If I do, it's just enough for me eat them for lunch. I eat them because I'm a good cook and couldn't stand for them to go to waste. Depending on what it is, I can pump new life into it by creating something different, tossing with pasta, breakfast casserole, dinner casserole, even enchiladas.

Jenny - posted on 10/10/2010

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I love leftovers. I find they are frequently better the next day especially soups, stews, stirfrys, casseroles, anything mixed together. Leftover steak goes into breakfast omelettes or wraps. I make homemade meals almost every night but usually have one night a week with leftovers. I don't plan my meals out till that morning so I could probably organise it better though. I take my meat out in the morning and figure out what to do with it that afternoon.

i'm cooking a 20 pound turkey right now for 4 adults and 2 kids. Tomorrow will be soup and stew making day. And sandwichs for lunch of course!

I don't own a microwave. Our leftovers are either heated on the stove or in the oven. I can't stand microwaved food.

Janessa - posted on 10/10/2010

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I do not mind left overs because i never like wasting food period. I am thankful that i live in a great country compared to the third world i came from. So i feel bad wasting food because i still have family members that go without back home Everything i do i like to keep my family members in my mind especially my birth mother.

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I love cold left over curry (from the indian), this grosses my hubby and friends out but IF (and that's a big if because I love Indian food) I have any curry leftover, I put it in the fridge and then the next morning (I know I'm really sorry bad habits die hard) I butter some bread and eat it cold for breakfast (or if I'm being refined for lunch).

Take-away tends to be the only leftover food we have because I cook so we don't have leftovers as my hubby will NOT eat leftovers. If I am doing big pot cooking I portion it up and freeze the excess, so on another day I just have to take the food out the freezer to thaw and I have dinner to re-heat.

Big pot cooking is always tastier if you can leave it to marinade for the day or over night, the flavours blend together much better.

Jodi - posted on 10/10/2010

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I actually deliberately make double batches of some foods so that we DO have leftovers for another night AND I get nights off cooking. I will only reheat something as leftovers within 2 days of cooking it. If we don't eat it then, I freeze it in portions for another time or for lunches (Rob often takes them to work). Every couple of weeks, we have leftovers night, where we all choose a portion from the freezer to reheat for dinner :)

And YES some things are better the next day. The flavours in casseroles and soups are much better. And you can't beat a lasagne the next day either.

Charlie - posted on 10/10/2010

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I agree with Jennifer .
pizza , yum !
i love left over veggie lasgana , spaghetti , stir fry , marinated chicken .
I usually freeze some and have it for dinner another night when i cant be bothered cooking or re heat for lunch .

Rosie - posted on 10/10/2010

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LOL d-mak!! i wrote my answer before i read any others, and i saw you describing your chad as a human garbage disposal too!! too funny!

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