Monday, November 29, 2010

Leftovers - YUM!

Monday, November 29: “Mouthwatering Monday” – How long did those Thanksgiving Day leftovers last? Leftovers can be a useful strategy in saving money and making your portions smaller, but many people don’t like them. How do you feel about leftovers?

I love leftovers.  I live for leftovers.  Some of our menus are planned out to have leftovers.  We started out with two gallon size ziplocks full of turkey leftovers plus various sides in bowls.  However we're not the type of family that keeps eating leftovers until they're gone.  Friday was a no leftover day.  Saturday we had leftovers for lunch (sandwiches or heat up a plate).  On Sunday, hubby made turkey stew for lunch.  That's all we've had for leftovers.  Hubby and I need to pack lunches tomorrow, so maybe I'll make him a nice turkey sandwich. 

Planning on leftovers does help with portion control.  I don't feel like I need to eat more to avoid the meal going to waste.  I know that we can put the leftovers in the fridge or freezer to save for another day.  This not only helps me in managing my diabetes, but also my budget.  A large turkey can be divided into several meals.  Varying the amount of meat in the meals can increase or decrease the number of meals based on our family's budget, tastes, and dietary needs.

We'll probably use up the rest of the leftovers by the end of the week.  We may freeze some, but if we're going to do that, it needs to be done soon.  Tomorrow our dinner plan is pizza bread.  Maybe we'll have some turkey out as a topping!

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