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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Oscar the Grouch!

That's what is going on tonight at our house!  Leftovers!  The Big Guy and I have a surprise date night thanks to family being in town.  So the kids and Mother in Law are going to enjoy the remnants of the past few nights of dinner - lamb stew, wahoo oscar, steamed asparagus, quinoa.  Big Guy and I are going to venture to a Thai restaurant nearby. 
So what's the deal with Oscar?  Well, as I have once heard, America has the best feed garbage disposals!  Think about it!  How much uneaten or spoiled food do you toss into the trash or garbage disposal?  I hate it when I forget about some great dinner that the leftovers have sat in the fridge for too long!  Hate waste! Makes me feel like I just threw some George Washingtons right down the drain!
So how do YOU deal with leftovers?  I have started utilizing my freezer.  Have leftover mashed potatoes - they get frozen, baked potato soup in the future!  Leftover rice - freeze it, rice pudding, rice for stir frys!  Leftover steamed veggies - carrots, peas, green beans, corn - they all are added to a freezer bag for a future chicken pot pie.  We often eat leftovers for lunches the next day.  What an easier way to have lunch ready for the kids - pull out the leftover from dinner the night before!  No brainer right?!  But sometimes, there are too many servings in the fridge.  How about freezing single servings so when you don't have something ready for lunch you can pull it out?  Who needs Lean Cuisine - make your own frozen lunches!
So here's a challenge for each of you - eat your leftover or freeze them.  Sounds simple, right?  Might be a bit harder but you can do it.  Or at least, empty one less dish into the garbage disposal.

1 comment:

  1. GREAT post! We're fortunate to have animals to which we can feed most of any scraps. Then there's always the compost for all but oils and proteins!