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#1 of 10 Old 06-09-2008, 01:07 AM - Thread Starter
 
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OK so those of you who meal plan, do you have a day with no plan. to use up random leftover bits and bobs? If so how often? I need to menu plan better, but it seems I need a *free* night in there sometimes.
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Rarely. It never seems to work out that we have anything left on the nights I plan to use up stuff in the fridge.

I do plan leftover nights though if I've cooked big meals.
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Honestly I make a plan and then sometimes something else sounds better, so I'll make that instead. I "plan" every Saturday is "Cook's Choice" so that leaves me open, plus it the same day as farmer's market so I get to make a decision based on what I got on Saturday, or around what we're doing. I like having that flexibility. So maybe that's an idea for you, I really like doing things this way, also I can use leftovers, or make planned overs so I can morph my meals from one to another. This weekend I made a Mexican style pot roast for shredded beef, so good, I made taquitos that night, and we'll have tacos with the same meat tomorrow. HTH.

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I've got two in a 2 week rotation. That gives us leftover nights, nights where DH or I isn't home and the other has to forage, going out (rarely) if family invites us for dinner, all that. If not, then I get all backed up and off track and food goes to waste.

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I have gotten to know our meals and how much we will have leftover, so I plan for them. I never have a "no plan" day because even leftovers are planned. I do, however, sometimes stray from the plan.

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About once in a while (every 2 weeks or so) we do a 'leftover' night for dinner and clean out the fridge that day... then whatevers left I usually end up chucking the next day (usually one or two servings of something). Usually these days happen on tuesdays or thursdays when I just don't have time before going to tae kwon do
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Thanks for the replies.
I think I just need to fine tune my planning, or lack there of!
I like cooks choice night.
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I have left overs scheduled into my plan probably twice a week at this point. Sometimes it's only once, sometimes it's none, depending on what we're having that week.

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I plan a "leftover night" for the night after a big homecooked meal. I also put two "out" nights in our two-week plan, because I know we will inevitably eat out at least twice. I also stray from the plan quite a bit, though, so you might not want my advice!
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What's worked for us is for me to schedule in about one a week. That way the food doesn't sit too long and go bad/go to waste, and the kids get to pick from a bit of variety which is a bonus b/c they all like different things and some are a bit picky
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