Here it is Monday again, and I don’t know what’s for dinner yet! What about you? Get out your pencils and let’s do it together!
Looking in my fridge, I see we have a bunch of leftovers. My first task is going to be transferring all the leftovers in large containers and pots and pans into smaller containers, perfect for popping into a lunch box. That will also give me a chance to assess what we have already that could inspire another meal this week.
(By the way, I love this set of food storage containers from Ikea. I have a set that I bought about four years ago, and though we’ve lost several containers, the ones we have left are in good shape. I like the clear plastic–BPA free!–and rectangular shapes for stacking in the fridge, and the lids seal well but aren’t too hard for a kid to open by herself. They wash up nicely in the top rack of the dishwasher. I just bought a new set and recycled a bunch of mismatched yogurt containers that were stuffed in the drawer. They are also so cheap that I don’t get upset if the kids lose some taking them back and forth to school–they’re awfully good about bringing them home, though.)
Hey, look how much space there is in the fridge now! I found several things, shall we say…past their prime? A couple completely empty containers, too! While I was at it, I wiped off the empty shelves and took out the garbage.
But back to the menu….We have lots of potatoes and a little bit of corned beef, and a decent amount of meatballs and marinara from Sunday’s spaghetti dinner. A tomatillo, one big sweet potato, half a cabbage, celery, carrots, red pepper, lettuce, cilantro, apples, oranges, strawberries, limes, and tofu. I think my grocery list is going to be pretty short this week.
Monday: Chicken sausages, corned beef hash, salad
Tuesday: Meatball subs, Soybean and Cherry Tomato Salad
Wednesday: Crunchy Vietnamese Cabbage Salad with Tofu, potstickers
Thursday: Roast chicken, baked sweet potato fries, salad
Friday: Fish tacos, Black Bean Confetti Salad (with corn)
How do you manage your leftovers? Do you toss them, eat them, or transform them?