After tossing out both restaurant to go boxes and the remains of last weeks dinners that Adam insisted he wanted to eat, more times then not, I have drawn the conclusion that as far as leftovers go, I am the only one who loves them in our house. As I work from home, I eat three meals and two snacks a day here and most of the time, the quicker and easier they are, the better. This means a lot of cut up fruit, salads, sandwiches and many meals of leftovers. I think it's largely due to my living alone for so long and an inability to cook for one. I became used to making enough for a few meals when I did actually cook and eating them for the next few days.
This last move though had a twist thrown in. When we moved in together last year, we moved into a house with no storage other than the closets in the bedroom. There also was a microwave built into the kitchen. This meant that the microwave coming from my house had no where to go. We had a friend who going through a divorce and dealing with leaving his home with just the personal items (as happens often when there are kids), so it made sense to just hand over the microwave and be done with it. Well that was great and all until we moved last month into a house without a microwave...or a place to put it that would not take up precious counter space. I explained this dilemma to Adam. He said he had never once used the microwave, did we actually need one? I gasped at the thought as I didn't think I could possibly survive without it, but after giving the counter top vs microwave debate another thought, I decided to give it a try. After all, if I felt the overwhelming need to have one, I could just zip on over to bed bath and beyond and have one in 15 minutes. I have to admit that not only do I not miss it, but it has brought my love of leftovers to a new height. As I need to heat everything up on the stove now, I end up transforming things into new creations, really its been a win win!
We're not really a meat and potatoes, three squares house to begin with, instead I am a fan of putting a big pile of what sounds good at the moment (sometimes this does, but most of the time does not include meat) all in one bowl and calling it dinner...and Adam is beginning to agree with me on this concept as it usually tastes so good! Usually we have leftover rice, cooked veggies, chicken or sausage in the fridge. So perhaps I am already the perfect candidate for leftover love, but I have to say that when I posted the above photo to instagram the other day while Adam was at work, he got mad at me that I made it without him. To me, this proves that if done right, everyone can love leftovers! It also helps to keep a stocked pantry and to always have rice, beans, oil, salt, pepper, spinach, veggies, cheese and hot sauce on hand as with these items, you make anything taste good and fill you up!
Are you a lover or a hater of leftovers?