The Secret to Leftovers for Lunch

March 25th, 2012

I waste a lot of food.  I wish it weren’t so but all too often I find myself chucking the contents of some long-forgotten tupperware container from my fridge.  One way to minimize the food waste is to take leftovers in my lunch.  It’s been hit or miss on whether I remember to actually enact this plan but I’ve hit upon a strategy that works wonders…

Pack your lunch containers as soon as the meal is over.

The problem for me is inertia.  I mean well.  I intend to take the leftover mashed potatoes and meatloaf to lunch the next day.  But then morning rolls around and life is crazy and I don’t have time to repack the food into a lunch container, so I grab a Lean Cuisine from the freezer and sprint out the door.

My odds of actually eating my leftovers increase exponentially if I pack the dinner remnants into lunch-sized containers the very night that said dinner is served.  An example.  Last night, we had taco salad for dinner.  As soon as we were done, I whipped out my kids’ bento box lunchboxes and prepped two lunches for the week.  The little compartments were perfect for segregating salsa, sour cream, lettuce, cheese, and meat.

Now, all I have to do is  grab the box and a bag of chips (which I already measured out) and I’m out the door!

2 responses to “The Secret to Leftovers for Lunch”

  1. […] Packing leftovers in your lunch is a noble goal, but it only works if you actually make dinner in the first place.  There are days when a home-cooked meal is a dream and nothing more (and really, on those days, who doesn’t love French toast sticks for dinner?) but I have found one little piece of night-before prep work that makes a world of difference for me. […]

  2. […] allow me to explain.  I’ve lamented before about the amount of food we waste at my house.  One response has been to take leftovers to work for lunch, helping to cut down on food that goes down the […]

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