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Getting Rid of Leftovers


Do you ever have a refrigerator full of leftovers, but not enough of any one thing to make a meal? Sometimes we may have a cup or two of mashed potatoes, half a bowl of mac and cheese, a couple servings of meatloaf, one pork chop, a few portions of green bean casserole, and two grilled hot dogs in a baggie.

Whenever I find my fridge like this, I pull all the leftovers out at lunch time and set them on the table. I announce, in an excited voice, "We're going to have BUFFET for lunch today!"

We use these trays that I picked up at The Dollar Store (Here [3]is a pricier version.) and each child is allowed to pick whatever looks good to fill in the sections.


We have a few ground rules, like only take one serving of each item, and leave one space for the drink. Other than that, it's pretty much anything goes. Each child serves his own tray and I put out carrot sticks or apple wedges if we need more choices.

The kids love it because they get to choose, and I love it because I don't have to throw out good food.

That's what Works For Me.

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