I try to make use of leftovers wherever I can, as I abhor waste.
At my daughter’s Baptism party I over-catered (better than not having enough) so we lived off leftovers for a few days afterwards. Some bits got put straight into the freezer though, for later use. One example is the roast beef we have enjoyed this evening. We don’t often have roast beef, as it seems a bit of a waste cooking a joint just for the two of us. Having a tub of cooked sliced beef ready in the freezer is therefore quite handy.
It is a similar story with the Yorkshire puddings. We fancied them a while ago, but a one egg mix makes too much for the two of us. The leftovers went into bags in the freezer, ready to reheat at a moments notice.
The mashed potato was planned leftovers, as I cooked extra last night.
When I checked the freezer the other day I also found a small box of chilli that had been leftover. It isn’t enough for an evening meal, but it will be perfect for Mr J to have on a baked potato one lunch time. It would have gone to waste, but this way we are making use of it.
Environmentally I don’t think we can afford to waste lots of food, and financially I certainly can’t. Our grocery budget would have to be increased rather a lot if we didn’t make use of leftovers.