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How to Inspire a Love For Leftovers (and Save Money!)

Even though we know eating at home is cheaper than eating out, the effort it takes to cook after a long work day often does not outweigh the thought of money saved by eating-in. Some people cook a few dishes on Sunday to be eaten throughout the week, but when there's someone who simply despises leftovers you may find some of this food going to waste.

I've always enjoyed leftovers (cold spaghetti, anyone?) but my better half had always been staunchly against them. His life-long protest to next-day food was broken by cooking some dishes that actually taste better the day after they're made.

Requests for those dishes are frequent, and I'm happy to cook things we both love and know that nothing will be wasted. A special black bean chili and family soup recipes are to thank for inspiring a positive change that surely saves us some money. Food in the fridge waiting for me after work and conserved cash is a delicious, double win!


BeckiB723 BeckiB723 8 years
One way I stretch leftovers is to make spagetti sauce the day after I make meatloaf and put the leftover meatloaf in the sauce.My family loves it. I also make extra sauce to freeze.
prestopink prestopink 9 years
this is a good article, I love leftovers but my husband HATES them, but no one provided any solid day 2 recipes....i would love to here suggestions.
Smart-Living Smart-Living 9 years
ooh cokerad, i am an eggplant parm fanatic! Thanks for the tip.
cokerad cokerad 9 years
Eggplant parmasean always tastes better to me the next day! It's more solid, and the flavors have had more of a chance to mingle. Though it rarely lasts that long around here, my fiance LOVES it. It's Eggplant Parmesan I on if anyone is interested.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
my fiance likes leftovers and typically eats them, and me - aside from pizza - i usually stay away from them. i don't know why - but i kind of think that it has to do with the point that if i've had it today, then i don't think i'll want the same thing again tomorrow. the other issue is that i'm a vegetarian, and most veggies once they are cooked, they just don't hold up well when they are reheated.
ImJessica ImJessica 9 years
Since I live by myself, I try to only cook things that taste just as good as leftovers. Kind of limited options, though.
emsmiley emsmiley 9 years
I'm a fan of the dishes that taste better on day two, but can agree that most things do not taste good the next day. I am also a cold food eater and if it's not good cold...I don't wanna eat it or even reheat it unless it's a stew or chili!
SillyGirl SillyGirl 9 years
I hate leftovers in the same state they were when I first ate them - they have to be changed somehow. Eg. when i ate poultry, left over turkey into turkey sandwiches. Steamed rice turns into fried rice. Only thing i will eat without changing it is pizza - cold, hot, whatever!
chatondeneige chatondeneige 9 years
Ugh, I hate leftovers. I just never get around to eating them. I've tried to be good this week, I just had leftovers for lunch (my third meal out of one preparation!) - but in general, leftovers stay in my fridge until I end up cleaning it out.
gemsera gemsera 9 years
I love leftovers, always eaten them I used to cook only once a week and freeze the rest LOL Problem is, the beau hates it as he's always had fresh home prepared meals done very lavishly every night. I hope to get him used to them soon!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
I love leftovers now, but definitely leftovers of homemade food, not restaurant stuff--for some reason, that always stays unfinished.
chancleta chancleta 9 years
I love leftovers. The key to making the hubbie or bf dig it - is by spicing it up. Heat it up, add some fresh cheese, maybe a little fresh herbs, and voile he'll love that leftover spagetti!
Smart-Living Smart-Living 9 years
Bellaressa- It's something I've loved since I was a kid. Definitely not the type of thing that would inspire someone to join the world of eating leftovers, but worth a shot :)
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I love and live off leftovers. Sometimes I use them for lunches but most of the times just for dinner. Meatloaf--good leftover, you can make sandwiches. Soup, I love making big pans of veggie or beef stew and eating it for weeks at a time. I have never tried cold spaghetti as Savvy stated - does that taste good?
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