Last week I talked about how to reinvent leftovers. This week, I'm going to focus on how to prevent some of those leftovers in the first place. Most days there are just my husband, me, and a toddler eating dinner. If I make a casserole, I have a ton leftover and I get sick of eating it before it goes bad. My husband isn't a huge fan of leftovers so I'm stuck with the same thing for lunch for days. I've solved this problem using one of the following methods:
Cut the recipe in half: Some recipes easily cut in half, some do not, so this takes a little trial and error. I find the hardest ones to cut in half are those that use whole cans of food. I try to make another recipe within the same week using the other half of the can so that I'm not wasting food.
Split the recipe into two dishes: I usually use this method for items that freeze easily. Whenever I make a lasagna, I usually make it in a loaf pan. One gets eaten for dinner and the other goes straight to the freezer. It is the same amount of work to make both as it is to make one. I do this with meatloaf too. I love having a few meals in the freezer so that I don't have to think about dinner on busy nights.