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!