When I started staying home I started being a little more conscious of food waste.
Before, when I worked, we would sometimes eat leftovers and mostly we'd just throw them away.
Most meals I make serve 4-6 people.
We are a family of 2.5.
I say 2.5 because Davis doesn't always eat what we do for dinner and if he does, it is such a small amount that he only counts as 1/2 a person.
So, since we really only eat half of what I make for dinner, what to do with the leftovers?
Like I said, pre-stay at home mom I would have let the sit in the fridge for a week, we maybe ate them, we maybe packed them for lunch, but mostly they just went in the trash.
Now I always freeze the other half of our dinners, as long as it is something that freezes well.
I love it.
Then the next week or in a few weeks I don't have to actually cook as much, just thaw and re-heat.
I'm saving money and saving myself precious time.
Whenever we grill chicken, we always have leftovers, here is a great recipe that my husband and I love. I've modified it from the original recipe, so don't ask what that is, it is long gone by now, but here is my recipe.
1 lb. or so of cooked chicken, cut into small cubes
1 medium size green pepper (cut into strips)
1/4 - 1/2 cup Feta cheese (depending on your taste, I go heavy on the feta so I do 1/2 cup, if your not a feta person, use whatever kind of cheese you like. I've even been known to use shredded taco cheese!)
1 package of frozen cheese tortellini (think it is usually about 10 oz.)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup of nuts (I say nuts because I use whatever, the original recipe calls for chopped walnuts, but I use pecans or walnuts, both equally good, sometimes I don't even use them)
About an hour to two hours before you want to serve dinner make the dressing by mixing 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup of honey and 1/4 cup of nuts. Put in the fridge.
When you are ready to eat chop up your green pepper and chicken. Heat about 1 TB of olive oil in a pan and sautee the green pepper until cooked to your desired way, I like mine kinda burnt. Once those are cooked throw in the already cooked chicken and just brown it a bit. Remove from heat and put in a bowl to cool off.
Next, boil the tortellini according to the instructions on the package. Once they are cooked and drained, I like to run cold water over them so they are not hot. This salad is better on the cool side.
Toss together the chicken/green pepper, tortellini, dressing and feta cheese.
Feel free to add your own twist to it, sometimes I add in baby tomatos or little sliced black olives.
I'm not very good about sticking to recipes, I like to experiment if you will, which sometimes drives my husband crazy. He always comments how nothing I make is ever the same as the time before :o)