If finishing leftovers is a constant struggle in your home, consider planning ahead and being strategic with portion sizes and storage to avoid the inevitable "tired-of-eating-this-every-day" syndrome. At the same time, you can make life a little easier by having a ready-made meal that everyone loves prepared for a busy weeknight.
We’ve received this tip from a number of parents throughout Alameda County. It seems that some of you are already making use of this time and food saver, whether it’s curry, soup, lasagna, or enchiladas:
If I make a big pot of curry, I try to freeze half so we can eat it next week rather than trying to finish or throwing away in two days. My family gets variety the next day, too. -Fremont Mom
I will often freeze half a batch of soup or make double of freezable casseroles (enchiladas, shepherd's pie, etc.) since we aren't always the best at using up leftovers right away. -San Leandro Mom
Remember to always label and date the leftovers you put in the freezer to avoid confusion. We don’t want to end up throwing that good food away after months of it getting lost or forgotten behind the frozen fruit and fish sticks!
Some recipes freeze better than others. Here is a list of 10 Big Batch Dinners that taste just as good the second time around.
Over at The Kitchn you can find a helpful guide on the types of packaging for freezing.