Love a buffet? Bam. Just saved you serious money.June 2, 2011
Do you have time to cook? Really? I don’t mean heating up a frozen burrito either. I mean actually cook with real ingredients. Here’s the thing. We all have Facebook statuses to update, partners to talk to, bills to pay, cats to pet, you know, whatever. If you prioritize really cooking a real meal a few times a week amidst all of that, I salute you!
For me lately it’s 4pm before I look at the clock, I’ve got a baby getting antsy and a nursing pad falling out of my top, and I forgot to defrost the chicken. Plus the added pressure of using the veggies from our CSA. I mean, spring onions, turnips and radishes? What’s a girl to do with that?
(I’ll let you know in a few days, when I figure it out.)
Anyway, is it easy to give up? Yes. Make it frozen pizza night? Chinese takeout? Cereal?
You could. And any of those things are fine now and again. But weekly? Not doing yourself any favors, my friends. Not your waistline, not your wallet.
The smartest thing you can do when you cook is make enough for lots of leftovers…and then utilize them. This works beautifully, unless you happen to be one of those people who tell me: I hate leftovers.
You hate leftovers? What??
Or maybe you don’t hate ‘em, you just get tired of them. Or maybe you forget about them and they rot in the back of your refrigerator next to the pickle jar.
I guess I grew up on leftovers so I’ve never had a problem with the reheated dinner. My mom’s fridge is always full to the brim with food, already made and waiting.
It’s like magic. Mommy magic.
And you know what really seems to make a difference? The way she presents it. It’s not a fridge excavation ordeal to find the meatballs each night, or to search and search, hey is there any soup left?
She puts it all out! All of it. On the counter, like a big buffet spread. Suddenly the rice from one meal makes sense with the fish from another. Or some beef with some cheese and…oh yeah I’ll add salsa!
In the photo above, I set out leftovers from my own fridge: spinach salad, brown rice, barley, tofu stir fry, pot roast with root veggies, beef stir fry, fillet of sole with tomatoes.
Old meals become new. It’s easy. There’s less waste when you remember to eat what you already have, which means you save money – big time. And who doesn’t love a buffet line where you can pick and choose and go back for more?
So forget Pizza Night. Forget Leftovers Night. Tonight is Buffet Night!
I’ll deal with the spring onions later.